Misinformation on Social Media

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Be very careful with others on social media spreading information on psychiatric medications. Oftentimes, this information is false and not accurate. Always seek professional advice from a doctor. Anyone can post misinformation on social media about psychiatric medications. Believe it or not, many also have an agenda to bash medications that help millions of people worldwide live better lives. They’re probably paid to do it, angry about personal adverse outcomes or simply don’t understand their importance.

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Be Careful with Misinformation on Social Media

Sometimes the truth is distorted to suit certain intentions. What makes it believable is that the misinformation can be based on truth, but tweaked with a hidden agenda. Sometimes you can spot the agenda but you must keep your eyes open and your mind sharp. I’m not suggesting that all alternative information is misinformation. There lies much truth out there that is not presented in the mainstream media. I’m suggesting that you don’t get your information from sources that can spread misinformation.

The problem is identifying these sources that spread misinformation. The good ones disguise the information so well that it’s hard to tell if it’s misinformation. In return, you end up reading or hearing something presented on medications and you believe. You don’t question, you don’t challenge and you don’t bother. You accept because it sounds good and the person presenting it has caught your attention. It’s very easy to get hooked this way. Believe it or not, all great media sources are skilled at capturing the minds of many. You just have to spot which have good intentions and which don’t.

When it comes to psychiatric medications, stick with healthcare professionals, preferably in person. Things have changed a little bit since the pandemic started, with telepsychiatry gaining more popularity. Telepsychiatry involves remotely seeing your psychiatrist or mental healthcare provider from any location. It doesn’t require you to be in an office. It’s very convenient for patients to do these sessions from the comfort of their home (sometimes discomfort if you know what I mean). Whether you choose telepsychiatry or in person appointments does not matter. Just don’t start out with internet sources.

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Coping With Anxiety Without Medications

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Fighting Anxiety Naturally

You walk into a psychotherapy appointment or on a tennis court with good intentions, when all of a sudden your mind sprinkles anxious symptoms all over you. For someone who has never experienced anxiety, this may be quite frightening: worry, fear, uneasiness, on edge, constantly touching your hands or face or feeling like something bad is going to happen.

For a seasoned veteran suffering from anxiety, the symptoms listed above are nothing new; just more pain to suffer but grow from. For many, medications are used to control anxiety, especially panic attacks. Medications such as antidepressants take at least 4-6 weeks for you to see a difference in your anxiety, and even then it’s no guarantee.

Nothing is a guarantee when it comes to mental illness. Don’t get me wrong, medications work great for anxiety! But you just have to make the choice of wanting to be on one or not. Remember that no medication is free of side effects. Your typical SSRIs commonly cause sexual dysfunction such as delayed ejaculation, anorgasmia, reduced sexual desire and more.

But it doesn’t mean that you will experience sexual side effects if you get started on an SSRI, but it’s definitely worth being informed about them! The other solution of battling anxiety is fighting it naturally, such as going through psychotherapy, performing mindfulness in your free time, praying or just experiencing the symptoms enough times that you eventually adopt a good control over them.

When you decide to take the natural route, you will notice that it’s a much more rocky and unpredictable road: the symptoms can return at anytime and you must be prepared to deal with them. When on medications, the symptoms tend to be much better controlled in the long run.

But the risk of experiencing side effects from antidepressants does not outweigh the benefits in many peoples’ eyes. So they rely on beating anxiety naturally. But “beating” is the wrong word because you will never beat a mental illness, you will just learn how to be in better control of it! And being in better control may mean never experiencing the symptoms ever again.

You won’t “beat” it because there is no cure for any mental illness; there is no magic formula or special medication which eradicates the mental illness from your mind. There is no talk therapy which does that either! The illness is multifactorial: genes, altered levels of neurotransmitters, unconscious conflicts, personality, receptor damage 2/2 alcohol or drug use, etc.

Your goal should not be to “beat” your mental illness. No . . . your goal is not that. Your goal is to live a happy life and not allow your mental illness to take that away from you!

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