reply to post by Mijamija
About the weird, numb spaced out feeling some of these medications cause, I guess in effect it is emotional zombiefication and while some people might
need an emotional crutch of the chemical variety sometimes, it probably should be under stricter guidance and only if REALLY required and for a short
The link I gave before was saying how UK anti depressant prescriptions have increased from 9 million in 1991 to 46.7 million in 2011, a huge increase.
Surely society is to blame for the largest percentage of this increase.
Another poster mentioned her sister was prescribed anti depressants and was numb and unemotional, this seems to be the standard reaction as is the
slurring and shuffling seen by certain medications, I have seen this professionally and it probably even says so on the contra indications of these
medications and as such should probably only be considered under certain circumstances.
Which leads to the prescribing, here in the UK most people use the NHS and Psychiatrist consultations are on GP referral basis and as they are more
costly, are generally only used in extreme cases, hence most of these prescriptions fall to the GP's, their difficulty is that the patient might relay
such things as perhaps they ''can't cope'' or were suffering from ''thoughts of suicide'' etc and the GP then has a responsibility to prescribe
something as a preventative measure. They have a range of things to prescribe and firstly in mild cases they should suggest the usual herbalism,
massage etc though often they HAVE to prescribe something more effective, and this has to come from the list of allowed drugs, most of which have side
effects. Same for those presenting a potential danger to others. GP's have a decision to make and normally under time constraints of 5 minutes per
GP appointment systems probably have a lot to answer for too in this increase in anti depressant use. Most places an appointment can only be made on
the day as an emergency appointment and involves first telling the reason to the often rude receptionist, then either getting an appointment with a
locum GP, a prescribing nurse, or the emergency GP at the surgery, all of which allow 5 minute time scales, sometimes an appointment isn't given, a
call from a GP or nurse on the phone instead determines that the potential patient should ''go get some aspirin'' or ''let it take it's course'' etc.
In order to get a longer appointment these are made in advance and often have a wait time of 2 to 3 weeks, for example if requiring a female doctor or
a regular GP.
Most people I have talked to about the system agree it is off putting, infringes on privacy and lacking the trust of the old style family GP system
where you had a dedicated GP for life or at least years continuously. This made it easier to talk to ones GP in confidence and trust that they care,
are listening and will do the right thing with regards to prescribing, diagnosis and referrals. The current system is so overwhelmed by unsustainable
levels of immigration, lack of funding, irresponsible policies and financial mismanagement that patients feel like they are factory fodder on a
conveyor belt, almost despised by the GP they are so privileged to get an appointment to spend 5 minutes telling their intimate feelings to, while
they routinely nod, interrupt and grimace at like they are some sort of failure and or lying or despicable. Such is the feeling of unease at getting
continually unsatisfactory care, having to make repeated appointments for yet more of the same unsatisfactory care. It is no wonder people are more
depressed than ever, as well as seeing most of the jobs, work ethics and traditional values evaporating before their eyes, the old tenets of society
aren't there any more, who is there to trust? Have people ever felt more alone than now?
As for another poster that mentioned about these drugs in the water supply, this isn't surprising at all, there must be so many chemicals and all
sorts in the water supply that isn't possible to filter. I refuse to drink tap water and when we have it made us ill, it affects my son's behaviour
too. Also it might answer for the general apathy the general public has. So many jobs I have had where there was rampant tyrannical bosses,
unscrupulous practices, deliberate framing of people that held influence or knew the job too well, people being sacked for being off ill and all sorts
of illegal practices that were blindly ignored by those it wasn't happening to. Yet another sickness of society.
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