Friday, June 5, 2020

Comments by imperiusrex

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  • The part that really bothers me is this “Informed Consent” you write about.

    I would really like to know how many psychiatrists, from the start of therapy, tell their patients that there is a significant chance the first antidepressant I give you will not be effective, and while the second one I prescribe will likely do the trick (or at least it does for some people). How many practitioners go even further to say that many people feel their medicine stops working, and have to start a new class of meds with debilitating side effects that the first class didn’t have.

    I saw several psychiatrists since I was 17 and they only had these conversations with me once I presented the symptoms of this so called “refractory depression.”

    People are saying here that the author’s post is doom and gloom, which is it, but I think doctor’s should be just as candid about the antidepressant from day 1 of giving the nice samples from the pharmaceutical company.

    But, I guess, if everyone got better, or patients weren’t given AD the minute they walked through a door you wouldn’t be able to secure new patients and make money and get spiffs or incentives for prescribing medication that the pharma rep gives to you. If you lost all the AD patients who didn’t really need them, you probably wouldn’t have a business.

  • I see I’m very late to this discussion, but I’d like to add my two cents:

    I, like many who have posted, find it very alarming that mainstream medicine and pharma do not recognize these problems, as significant as they are.

    As a someone who was essentially a kid, 18 years old, first year in college, when I was given Zoloft and klonopin to start…which cascaded into most everyknown SSRI, SNRI, AAP, etc. known to man, leading to a staggering 47 individual medication (of course a lot of these were taken in combination) as well…that I am now 27 years old and essentially off most of the medicines (yeah, I don’t feel great. yeah things aren’t going well), that the message is you’re likely worse off the meds if they aren’t helping you and if you want to go back you might be up a creek anyway.

    Why aren’t doctor’s advocating for their patients’ from the start? I’m sure I could have worked through my initial issues with intense psychotherapy, or at the most stay on an AD for a short time. I didn’t get an “Informed Consent” that the rest of my life was going to revolve around multiple pills a day that don’t even help me to function or go about day to day activities and life.

    My message is that I understand you have your profession and need to stay in business, but maybe if you and your psychiatric ilk didn’t put essentially anyone that walks through the door on antidepressants to begin with, we wouldn’t have to have the discussion, to the effect that we are having it, now. Please don’t tell me that patients are fully evaluated. I don’t believe that a person can diagnose an invisible illness that only comes from really knowing someone’s behavior by sitting with them for 15-20 minutes.