8 false myths about psychiatric drugs

1. They are enough even without psychotherapy

False. In 90% of cases, the use of psychotropic drugs needs to be integrated within a treatment path that also includes psychotherapy.

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2. They alter the personality

False even if many believe it. Psychiatric drugs act on the symptoms of the disorder and for this reason alone they seem to alter the character.

3. They are just placebos

False. It is often easier to make known the news of a possible "failure" of the drug, rather than the great successes, demonstrated, of modern formulas.

4. If the problem is the past, they are useless

False. Drugs work in a way that affects the functioning of the brain in each case. Even if the current disorder is caused by negative experiences from the past, they can still influence the way of coping with the present and the future.

5. It is not known how they act

False. The mechanism of their operation is tested in the laboratory: what can vary, however, is the effect it then has on the symptoms.

6. They are addictive

Psychiatric drugs used correctly and under the supervision of the psychiatrist specialist do not cause addiction problems. The potentially dangerous drugs in this sense are benzodiazepines, that is the common anxiolytics or hypno-inducing drugs. The specialist knows the potential risks and can direct the patient towards their correct and limited use over time.

7. They hurt

False. If they are taken as prescribed and under control, they do not cause damage to the body, except for specific cases of intolerance or interaction with other drugs.

8. They have side effects

Can you think of anything that doesn't have any? Driving a car, crossing the street, eating certain foods may also have them. By evaluating the costs and benefits, you will understand how much more important it is to effectively treat a psychological disorder.

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