I just found out that, a couple of weeks ago, a guy I went to high school with suffered a terrible loss. His wife died in what can only be described as a needless tragedy. As if any tragedy is needed. My heart goes out to him and his children. I cannot even pretend to fathom the amount of pain they are going through.
I understand the need for medications, and appreciate the great advances being made with them. But I think they are handed out too freely and with too little knowledge. I’ve seen and heard of too many examples where, especially with bipolar, anti-anxiety, and antidepressant treatments, it really seems like a game of russian roullette if not monitored extremely carefullly. Even then, there are no guarantees.
We trust our doctors with our very lives. They are the experts. Yet more and more, we are told that WE should do our research on medications and possible side effects. Where does a prescribing doctor’s responsibility end and the patient’s begin?