Posted by iris2 on November 23, 2004, at 10:31:46
In reply to Re: possible to be suicidal without being depressed ??, posted by linkadge on November 22, 2004, at 10:37:04
Does anyone agree with me that drug companies should be banned from advertising on TV and magazines? Are we as consumers supposed to be diagnosing and prescribing to ourselves? Do we know best what is wrong with us? Are those advertisements advertising the illness more than the medication? Do many of us learn about depression from these advertisements and only then decide we have a disease? Are these antidepressants over prescribed for many of us who are suffering from life and feeling down about life and not actually "Depressed" or suffering from what might be described as the disease of depression.
I have observed specifically in a friend of mine that after seeing an ad for Strattera she decided her daughter had ADD. Something she never showed signs of having before. What was most disturbing was that upon going to this pdoc (whom she had rigorously disliked but thought she could get her to prescribe to her daughter) the pdoc immediately prescribed Adderall to the girl with no cognitive testing whatsoever. She told the mother to go in the next couple of weeks to get some testing but the mother being convinced, or somehow wanting her daughter to have this medication refused to go and the doctor continues to prescribe. Am I the only one who sees these kinds of abuses of medication prescribing? My own doctor continually tries to prescribe Nsiads (sp) to me for neck problems when I repeatedly ask him for physical therapy. Why are so many doctors so willing to shove medications at us without any proper diagnosis? Is it the time limitations of the HMO's? Are they trained to prescribe or cut out only? What happened to all this alternative medicine stuff I keep reading? No doctor I ever go to seems to prescribe to it. Am I going to the wrong doctors?
Interested in input from others. I am bothered by what I see as a trend to label everything as a disease in this country and then prescribe lots of drugs for it. Especially when it involves supposed "mental illness".
Weary of it all,