Imbalances and Drug Dealers
it's not what you think)
all the recent buzz around Tom Cruise and his personal beliefs about psychiatry
and mind-altering medications, I felt it was my time to jump into this latest
War of the Words concerning prescription drugs and chemical imbalances
of the brain.
the United States, we live in a world where powerful drugs are marketed during
commercial breaks between the nightly news, and if you have the right connections,
you'll be hooked up with whatever you need, night or day.
best part is you don't even have to know your dealer's beeper number because drugs
come with multiple refills these days. As long as your insurance company or pocketbook
hold out, you can live it up like Hunter S. Thompson in the 70's... the best part
is you can enjoy all these drugs legally!
jests aside, don't you find it disturbing how easily the public is made aware
of prescription drugs through the manufacturer, as opposed to their medically
let me tell you about my personal experience with popular prescription drugs.
I had some dating issues, I started seeing a counselor my senior year of college.
Most four-year and some junior colleges have a staff of therapists onhand for
students, and the cost of their services is usually included in tuition. Also,
I am a big fan of HBO's The Sopranos, and since Tony Soprano sees a shrink,
why shouldn't I? Beside, since it was included in tuition, what would I have to
I entered into a healthy relationship during my counseling, and I am now married
to the very same woman.
am not criticizing all therapy and psychiatry. In my case, it was helpful, and
I achieved the end results I had outlined when I first signed up to see the counselor.
for the flipside of the coin...
wife Leah, then my girlfriend, approached the counseling center for help with
some school problems, largely due to my recommendations.
one session the therapist -- who only held a masters degree (if that) and could
not legally prescribe to anyone -- diagnosed Leah as being clinically depressed,
and one day later she had a "free sample" of Zoloft, along with a prescription
for a copious supply.
me tell you how the process works.
a few therapists in the counseling center of my alma mater have a close relationship
with other professionals at the campus health clinic, namely those who can legally
prescribe drugs. What happened was my wife's counselor wrote a note to a nurse
practitioner in the health clinic with her medication recommendations. My wife
went to the health clinic and saw the N.P. She handed her the note, and the nurse
asked if she felt depressed or upset. And with that, Zoloft was prescribed,
along with a large free sample to get her started.
was the same N.P. who had prescribed Prilosec and then Nexium to
Leah her freshman year for some digestion problems -- problems which were later
solved through a diet change and were in no way related to a stomach ulcer, as
the N.P. had quickly diagnosed.
pharmaceutical companies are doing a magnificent job indeed. When it comes to
prescribing hard drugs, why use a middle man? The traditional little annoyance
of medical doctors only being able to diagnose and prescribe was easily done away
with in Leah's case.
it's the drug companies that sell you (and apparently some nurse practitioners
as well) on their product on TV. Yes, the smooth-talking voices on the commercials
tell you to ask your doctor to see if their drug "is right for you,"
but it's essentially a done deal.
you don't fall for the drug commercial hype and ask your doctor about the purple
pill or the next best thing in depression or anxiety control, and he prescribes
it to you anyway after two minutes of consultation, use your own judgment in regards
to your health problem and decide if it really warrants a powerful and usually
controversial drug with major side effects.
you can always take one from Leah and Nancy Reagan:
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