To my mind the last article is the most pertinent. No doubt over-medicating can wreck havoc; but the brain is the mind…not a producer of the mind. So like the liver or the heart, psychology should be brain-based. It is medicine, plain and simple and I hate anti-psychiatry mongers. Many suicides can be prevented by drug-interventions alone. Talking cures come later. Psychoses can be controlled effectively NOT with clinical psychology but with anti-psychotic. To deny medication to those who are suffering since one believes there is a mind, or a soul is a criminal offence. And should be punished. It is well known now that baby aspirin taken under medical advice prevents strokes and cardiac problems and even colon cancer; similarly it is proven that anti-depressants and mood stabilizers like lithium, sodium valproate etc. taken under psychiatric advice even help to regenerate neurons. Depressed populations are at increased risk of brain-matter shrinkage. A drug like lithium in controlled release form is known to increase brain mass not only in bi-polar patients but also those with depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
If you feel tired, chronically irritated, paranoid, hear voices, feel suicidal, cannot trust others, or you feel compelled to repeat actions, to undergo rituals, are chronically unhappy with your spouse, cannot continue in a relationship, cannot stick to one job for long or feel the need to be a fundamentalist in religious or atheistic beliefs, you need to seek medical advice from a psychiatrist.
- Are people plotting against you?
- Is the television airing messages against you?
- Do you feel very happy for a few days and then want to die and not talk with others for the next few days?
- Does your body feel dirty to you?
- Do you talk too much to the point of interrupting others?
- Are you a drug-addict?
- Do you feel anxious about most things?
- Do you feel the world is against you?
- Do you feel you are a total failure?
- Do you suffer from memory loss?
Please seek medical help if any one or more of the above questions’ answer is true.