• Monday, 26 October 2020

Psychotropics - facts and myths

Over the last few decades, medical knowledge of psychotropic drugs and their effects on the human psyche has increased significantly. The formula of the drugs is still adapted to specific disorders. Their operation is also under strict control. Especially in the initial period of taking medicines, when it is not certain what dose will be effective in the fight against a given disorder, the person taking them should be under the supervision of a psychiatrist or psychotherapist. It is also advisable to attend meetings with a specialist at least once a week, but this frequency is determined by the therapists in order to examine the mode of action of the drugs. What are the facts and myths about psychotropic drugs?

Psychotropics - still low social awareness?

It happens that the subject of psychotropic drugs, i.e. active substances that affect the human body and also act in a specific way on its psyche, raises a lot of controversy. Perhaps the reason for the reluctance of psychiatrists to take medication for various types of disorders is the low social awareness of how they work. As we know, wherever there is ignorance, there are fears or harmful stereotypes.

Psychotropics - facts and myths

First of all, it is worth noting that psychotropic drugs are not an independent form of therapy, and their task is only to support the treatment undertaken during psychotherapy. Plus, psychotropic drugs aren't addictive. The exception are typically anti-anxiety drugs, but only in the situation of their improper use, without the care of a specialist. Many people believe that psychotropics destroy brain tissue and thus have a negative impact on the psyche. This is, of course, a myth. The task of psychotropes is to improve the mental condition of a person. Therefore, some of the drugs have a protective effect on neurons. There is also a persistent belief that depression or other disorders are caused by mentally frail people, so psychotropic drugs are for lazy or incompetent people. Both of these opinions are primarily harmful to people suffering from disorders. This approach makes them feel rejected, worse and often leads to a deterioration of their condition. Disorders of this nature affect people regardless of their strength of character, and usually result from genetic conditions or difficult life situation.

Negative attitude towards psychotropics

Unfortunately, the negative attitude towards psychotropics does not serve the healing process, nor does it encourage people affected by disorders to take medication, especially if they are surrounded by opponents of this type of therapy. The myth that psychotropic drugs have a harmful effect on the liver or stomach is a frequently repeated opinion. There is also a persistent belief that they are intended for people who cannot be helped in any other way. This is, of course, a misconception. Drugs are an element of therapy, administered at different stages of disease or disorder development. The intensity of the disorder affects the dose of the drug taken, but even in the case of weaker symptoms, therapists often encourage to use the therapy for a certain period of time in order to improve its effects.