To Medicate or Not to Medicate? That Is the Question
Taking medication for depression or anxiety is just one of many options available when seeking to gain relief from these maladies. Some think that taking medication is just a crutch or a Band-Aid and that it does nothing to treat the real problem. While medication has its benefits, it isn’t for everyone.
It is best to avoid having a knee-jerk reaction against taking medication. Finding a way to balance the pros and cons can help someone make an informed decision as to whether or not medication is appropriate in his or her individual situation. Sometimes it is just a case of mind over matter. Just taking the time to believe in oneself can help improve a person’s outlook on life and improve their mood.
Arguments against Taking Medication
Some people are worried about the side effects of certain medications and/or whether or not there is a risk of addiction. Others just don’t like the idea of having to rely on a pill to maintain their moods; many also think that drugs won’t really help. Some resist because they have heard reports that medications can make you suicidal. Still others complain that medicine only provides a temporary solution that goes away when one stops taking the medication.
An effective alternative to taking medication for depression, anxiety or low self-esteem can be the courage to believe in oneself. When considering whether or not to take medication, one must first consider whether they have truly explored their own ability to approve of themselves, possibly making medication not necessary. When a person can affirm their own feelings, they feel better about themselves and may not need external reinforcements, such as medicine. Exercising, getting enough sleep every night, and using other self-help methods also can help with self-affirmation.
Sometimes though, that is not enough. Depression can often be so deep or organically ingrained, that medication is the only way to alleviate the problem. Medication also can serve as a way to jump-start someone’s recovery. Once a person gets back to a steady, positive point, a doctor can wean a patient off medication. A doctor also can decide to let a person try to improve his or her self-esteem and feel better as a result, without the need for medication.
Many people are succumbing to problems with stress and anxiety due to the nature of the world today and their own personal environments. There are many current anxiety disorders and breathing exercises that help, but often are not enough to calm oneself down. Anti-anxiety medications are prescribed to help many people manage anxiety and stress that extend beyond the average everyday experience.
How Medication Can Help
Anti-anxiety medications often begin to work in minutes. They make one feel more relaxed and also will help someone sleep better. These types of medicines, commonly known as tranquilizers, will help better control one’s emotions and suppress sudden outbursts of anger. Anti-anxiety medication can help someone be more efficient in his or her day-to-day activities, both at home and work.
Anti-depressants can reduce or eliminate the symptoms and make living life more manageable. They help the brain retain more serotonin, the chemical that plays a vital role in mood. An increase in serotonin can actually make a person happier. When depression is such that it makes one unable to function or even get out of bed, anti-depressants can alleviate depressive symptoms so that one can get back to living a more productive life.