Psychopharmacology Methods

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According to Brad Hagen, Gina Wong-Wylie, and Em Pijl-Zieber in “Tablets or Talk? A Critical Review of the Literature Comparing Antidepressants and Counseling for Treatment of Depression.” Considered as an unsafe method, and mistreatment of patients, Psychopharmacology methods should cease (113). Hagen, Wong-Wylie and Pijl-Zieber show that depression alone affects 9.5% of the US population 18 years and older (102). Additionally, over 70% of these people get treated with an antidepressant (103). The study “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to Prevent Relapse in Recurrent Depression” by Kuyken, Willem, et al, shows when patients get diagnosed with depression and take antidepressants, they attempt suicide, or have relapses in their mental illness …show more content…
The amount of people diagnosed with disabling mental illness borderlines 6 million, and increases by more than 400 people everyday (Whitaker 23). Whitaker claims that doctors in the 1960s initiated the idea that psychiatric drugs work by balancing brain chemistry (25). This claim suggested a cure to a biological disorder (Whitaker 25). However, this theory remains unproven. In fact, most Psychopharmacology drugs do the opposite, and decrease the accuracy of the brains ability to evoke feelings and emotions (Whitaker, 25). This decrease causes a change in personality, which increases the likelihood that a person will become ill, and get new psychiatric symptoms (Whitaker 33). In order to manage the difficulty of normal functions due to this change, the brain calms its entire emotion-evoking system. As part of this changing process, the brain transforms its structure. After a few weeks, the individual taking the Psychopharmacology drug now caused his or her brain to function in an abnormal state (Whitaker 33). Essentially as Whitaker explains, “psychiatric drugs induce a pathology” or the cause of a disease (27). While people remain told drugs normalize brain chemistry, the truth remains that researchers have never found substantial evidence for any mental illness, and the cause behind most mental illnesses remains unknown (Whitaker

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