The Dangers Of Mental Health

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There are many questions about mental health, such as whether it is mainly caused by chemical imbalances in the brain or horrible situations, if some types are actual issues or something made up by companies to capitalize on the industry. Mental illness is a controversy in the world, whether it is admitted or not. Anyone suffering from a mental illness can be classified as crazy, weird, or even attention seeking, which is very unhelpful to their situation. These people need support to overcome their challenges. If they are constantly being put down by peers, then they cannot move on in their life; they will be stuck in a phase of turmoil with no end in sight.
All mental illnesses fit into five main categories; anxiety disorders, mood disorders,
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Alcohol’s common misconception is that it helps depression, but it is a depressant. A depressant means that the substance being used has the adverse effect on someone, hence the word depressant. It is being used to make someone happier when it unfortunately makes them even more depressed. Euphoric drugs improve the mood, but at the same time they change the brain’s chemical balance (“Dangers of Self Medication”). The chemical imbalance causes a person to looks to the drugs as their only source of happiness (“Dangers of Self-Medication”).
With self-medication comes the risk of abuse and addiction (“The Dangers of Self-Medicating”). However, that is not to say that any prescribed medication does not come with the risk of addiction and withdrawal. Medication for the mentally ill changes the brain and with that brings some problems. The brain is being given chemicals that stabilize it and after being removed from the medication, it must learn to create the chemicals
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There is a big industry around psychotropic drugs which has increased greatly in the thirty years. Prozac, the most common of medications when dealing with adult depression, was approved in 1987, “antidepressant use has quadrupled in the United States, and more than one in 10 Americans now takes antidepressants” (Smith). Companies have capitalized on this new demand for medication and increased the cost to patients. An analysis of industry data shows that psychotropic drugs usage has increased 22 percent in the time 2001 to 2010, with more than forty-three billion dollars from American homes being spent on drugs (Smith). Smith also says that some ads for drugs affect decisions by patients and doctors because the drug in question is not explained well. A patient can lose trust in system if they are being informed that a drug can help them when it has the adverse effect. The company’s financial gains should not out way the patient’s personal needs, but the studies suggest that no one really thinks about the

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