Over the last couple of decades, the suicide rate has gone up at an all time high. Reasons for the increase of suicide rates have been that so many Americans these days are being diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder. Doctors provide medicine to help them,including antidepressants and tranquilizer drugs to help the chemicals in the brain function better.
A New York Times article by Benedict Carey asks a serious question: “If treatment is so helpful, why hasn’t its expansion halted or reversed suicide trends?” Patients who are taking prescribed drugs could be explaining their problems wrong to the doctor, aren’t coming forth enough about their desire to harm themselves, or the doctors are not treating them with the right medicine. Those could be some of the issues that need to be addressed to health care professionals, or else the medicines that are treated for those specific illnesses are not the right ones. Antidepressants, such as Paxil and Zoloft, could possibly be replaced with other types of medications for depression like Celexa or Luvox. Alternative drugs may not always be the answer to cure their depression. They may just need a higher dose of the drug that’s being taken, but how would that ever get them off of the drug or cure their depression, especially with the suicide rates being this high? Perhaps there needs to be new experiments to find out new drugs that could actually cure depression.
The same idea goes for anxiety drugs for people with anxiety disorders. With the suicide rates being what they are, the drugs people are being prescribed may not be helping at all, whether it’s Xanax, Valium, or Klonopin. Though what new substance could ever work to cure anxiety, for people with anxiety disorders may have it for different reasons, and then the drug actually puts the disorder in them (hence the withdraw). Some researchers speak against mental health medicine period, believing that the psychology of mental illness is actually a myth. And since there are no physical, chemical imbalances in the brain, people go to counselors to express their problems, and the doctor will recommend medicine as the cure anyways. Therefore, medicine could be helpful temporarily, but the reaction to how it makes them feel could lead them to take an extra dose. Overdoses have been one of the leading causes of death in America, as it may not be the right health solution.