All you Dr. Drew and Dr. Phil fans and even those of you who aren't, surely you have seen the talking heads on the news when we have some sort of crisis caused by some person who didn't get proper mental health treatment. But many Americans are on psychotropic drugs.
Here is an interesting article from the APA:
Inappropriate prescribing - Research shows that all too often, Americans are taking medications that may not work or may be inappropriate for their mental health problems....Today, patients often receive psychotropic medications without being evaluated by a mental health professional, according to a study last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many Americans visit their primary-care physicians and may walk away with a prescription for an antidepressant or other drugs without being aware of other evidence-based treatments — such as cognitive behavioral therapy — that might work better for them without the risk of side effects......The use of psychotropic drugs by adult Americans increased 22 percent from 2001 to 2010, with one in five adults now taking at least one psychotropic medication, according to industry data. In 2010, Americans spent more than $16 billion on antipsychotics, $11 billion on antidepressants and $7 billion for drugs to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The rapid growth of all three classes of drugs has alarmed some mental health professionals, who are concerned about the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs by elderly nursing home residents and the prescription of stimulants to children who may have been misdiagnosed with ADHD.... http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/06/prescribing.aspxMany people go to their family doctor so they can avoid labelling that is easily traced.
I have had PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, since my childhood, I am told. I am on no meds. PTSD can mimic different disorders at different times and for me, there are no predominate symptoms so no magic pill. I have had to learn new ways to think. I try to live as stress free a life as possible.
At this time, I am living through an enormously stressful period because I am having to deal with a number of people who may not have ever had any diagnosis but who appear to be nuts!
What can be done about people who have power over others but have no idea about personal boundaries, and who operate reflexively based on what they think they need at any given moment? People whose thinking and reasoning appears to defy logical thought?
Well, I am doing everything I can do about it, but I can't write about it here.
But I simply have to let this out, as the title says, I might have a diagnosis, but YOU are NUTS! If you happen to see this, you should know who you are.