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What is Over-medication of Depressed Individuals?

It is a common method of treating symptoms in the 21st century so when you walk into the doctor’s office, describe your symptoms to the nurse then the doctor comes in and reads a sheet of paper then asks you a couple of cursory questions before writing a prescription and telling you to “have a nice day” but contrary to that, most individuals spend more time in the waiting room than they actually spend with their physician and this trend in the United States and in the United Kingdom seems to be to simply medicate patients without fully diagnosing their symptoms, much less finding the root cause.

One of those dysfunctions which can present with a wide variety of symptoms that may or may not be related is depression and these can range from feelings of sadness, changes in sleep patterns, weight changes, lack of energy, cognitive function impairment, to a wide variety of other issues. According to Dr. Jennifer Wild, a senior instructor at the Institute of Psychiatry, despite a large increase in cognitive behavior therapy, otherwise known as CBT, doctors are still advocating the use drugs on their patients and also argues that doctors need to have a better understanding of the psychological therapies available and should be offering such therapies to individuals in lieu of medications which simply mask the dysfunctions.

Clinicians do not solve the underlying symptoms, nor do they treat the problem that is causing the depression in the first place because when they simply prescribe a pill, they are only enabling a temporary solution and this is the problem with many clinicians, they have been taught over the years to simply provide medication to aiding masking or alleviating the symptoms and that is exactly what antidepressants do, making a person feel better.
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In 2008, the UK Government introduced an initiative called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, or IAPT, which is effectively halting the automatic prescription of pills and expanding the availability of psychological treatments that are effective in treating the symptoms but prior to the initiative, most doctors in the UK offered 80 percent of patients’ drugs and only 20 percent were offered therapy and now, 115 out of 154 of England’s primary care trusts now offer IAPT service.
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There is simply no substitute for a carefully considered diagnosis and so a doctor should first and foremost focus upon finding an answer that addresses all the symptoms if one suffers from a disease or dysfunction, as opposed to masking the symptoms through pills.