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In our pro drug pro pharma society we see medications advertised on TV throughout the day and night. Individuals are looking for a quick fix to pain , stress, anxiety, depressed mood and more.

Some researchers state that ADHD medications and stimulants have not shown to improve a child’s mental state, academic performance, or learning. They state theses drugs is strictly a method for short term inhibitions of behaviors. You can find research to support medications as well.

Researchers use animal research on mammalian brains instead of adults brains. The concept of bio chemical imbalance in the brain remains speculative according to experts. Researchers on Prozac or Abilify or Zoloft or Xanax, and all other psychiatric medications state the technical capacity to measure biochemical concentrations in the synapses between nerve cells is not available at this time.

Researchers state that certain psychiatric drugs impact: serotonin, Dopamine, and Gaba, norepinephrine, acetylcholine, but do so by disrupting normal brain functioning.

It is important as a consumer to be aware that the FDA tests drugs for an 8-12 week trial. It is important to know that a drug must be .01 percent better than a sugar pill in a double blind study that is done twice in order to seek approval of the FDA. This is the cliff note version of basic requirements for medications to be approved by the FDA.

Many researchers state that improvements on psychiatric medications are due to the placebo effects as well as individuals that hope the medication will help them.

Keep in mind that there are many side effects for each medication and the side effects are determined based on an 8-12 week time period.

Children, teens, and adults are typically on medications for years, decades, and a life time. The side effects for long term use are not published in the studies because only the 8-12 week period is reported.

A doctor often takes a few minutes to make an evaluation for an SSRI or anti depressant or anti anxiety pill. The decision to take the prescribed medication can lead to years if not decades of use for medications. It may be easy to find someone to start a medication process it can be very challenging to find a practitioner willing to assist in stopping the medication process.

All psychiatric drugs can cause problems during withdrawal. Sudden withdrawal from medications can produce potentially dangerous physical and psychological issues and reactions.

Insurance companies encourage medications as an alleged less expensive alternative than talk therapy, behavior modification, counseling, coaching, and or psychotherapy.

In a conference fifteen years ago at the American Psychiatric Association a research study stated over fifty percent of individuals dropped out of medication treatment because of : side effects, sleep problems, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, and more. The negatives outweighed the positives for over half in this large study.

It is important that each adult make an educated decision on what is in the best interest for themselves as well as for their child. You have to feel good about your decision in relation to medication for yourself or for your child.

There is also research that supports the use of medications for depression, anxiety, and ADHD etc.

An evidence based research study states that counseling, behavior modification, psychotherapy in conjunction with medication gives the best results for children, teens, and adults.

Parents must keep in mind that no pill will change a child or teens negative cognitions. Teens thoughts are always present no matter what medication they have been on or what medication they decide to use.

Working with children, teens and families is a wonderful experience. Helping to empower healthy life choices and balance and success, mange mood, and happiness are some goals in counseling. Learning social skills, and problem solving, building self esteem, and becoming more aware are just a few benefits of counseling and coaching.

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.