John Goodman, in his article, “How Government Regulations Is Undermining Mental Health Care”, discusses how the business of medical care is twisted and how the government, in imposing regulations on mental health care, is creating a situation where the medical care providers lose interest in actually addressing the needs of the mentally ill. Goodman mentions a previous publishing of his which touches on the issue in medical care of how health plans are manufactured to draw in the healthy and turn away the ill; the ones who are actually suffering and actually need medical treatment. He provides statistics from medical journals that detail the twenty million Americans suffering with substance abuse and the forty two point five million adults living with a mental illness who are all not getting the proper care they require. Another point Goodman makes is that while treatment options are provided in brochures and such, many people seeking legitimate treatment will find that those options are inaccessible to them for a variety of reasons with the main source of those reasons being the government regulations placed on medical care. Government regulations on medicines and other medical care can be beneficial in some situations, but in others, it can prove disadvantageous to
Annotated Bibliography Fornaro, M. (2009, May 18). Obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders: A comprehensive survey. This disorder is known to be the disabling anxiety condition and counts for more than half of serious anxiety cases.
According to Royal College of Psychiatrists Registered charity that highly recommended using of ECT with MDD under specific conditions , if there was need for quick symptoms relief like suicide and catatonic behavior, using several antidepressant were ineffective, patients intolerance side effects from medication, patient experience and preferred that, and had resistance to other types of treatment(Royal College of Psychiatrists Registered charity, 2015) . People with major depression suffer from poorer Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) that measure of a person ability to perform physical and mental health over time. So some studies concern to measure it, for example study done in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the researchers is measured HRQOL in 283 patients they had treatment-resistant depression before ECT, several days after ECT, and 24 weeks after ECT. The researchers found that there was significant improvement in HRQOL in people with major depression (Bjelseth et al.,
He is weaning off his medications. CURES report was reviewed. The patient stated that pain is relieved by medications and aggravated by sitting and standing. Current meds included morphine, amlodipine, maxzide, ecotrin, halfprin, testosterone injection, Suboxone, Norco, dyazide and alprazolam. The exam revealed normal gait.
The importance of treatment is stressed because the definition of addiction is that it is hard to stop abusing the drug of choice and tendency to relapse is high. Therapy helps addicts learn coping skills and learn how to change their behaviors to help stay clean. William is introduced in the film and his drug of abuse is cocaine. He regularly attends therapy and has relapsed several times.
According to Brown et al (2012, P.800) “the Beck Depression Inventory is a self-report instrument with large use in clinical and epidemiological studies to assess depressive symptoms”. The BDI uses a series of questions scored zero to three, which help diagnose depression into four categories including minimal, mild, moderate and severe. Paul’s score on the BDI was 27, meaning that he was most likely suffering from moderate depression. However, this score was very close to 29 which, according to the scale if a score reaches 29 or over then the depression is considered severe. So his state of depression, although technically moderate was worrying as it was at the higher end of moderate depression on the
A study was able to find abnormality in the frontal region of the brain which is associated with compulsivity due to patients’ inability to control their sexual behaviors. In a paper written by Dr.Eric Nestler, he described addiction as when “pleasure/reward pathways are hijacked by exogenous drugs such as cocaine or opioids, or by natural processes essential and inherent to survival such as food and sex”. The syndromes associated with these addictions are “compulsivity, emotional liability, impaired judgment, and impulsivity”. So basically having an addiction to heavy drugs is the same as an addiction to sexual behavior. There was a difference in people who casually watch porn and then those who don’t.
Furthermore, depression, as the main cause of mental health problems, is a growing concern as one-fourth of Cubans seeking help from mental health facilities suffer from depression. However, these health facilities, that are at times provided by the Cuban government, sometimes sympathize the patient and simply prescribe a pill - not curing the patient who is on the verge of becoming mentally ill. Additionally, smoking and alcohol consumption is increasing along with the number of those who are mentally ill - conveying that smoking and alcohol consumption are directly related as main side effects of mental health issues. To go further, irresponsible drinking as a result of being mentally ill can cause even more mental health problems for those who are affected by the drinker. Irresponsible drinking can lead to violence and abuse, causing physical and mental harm on the victim - this is especially evident in a previously read text, The Distance Between Us.
Not only are they being medicated with harmful drugs against their will, they are being classified as someone who can’t function without them. One of the most commonly used drugs is Seroquel, Seroquel is a mood stabilizer used in severe cases of depression, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. Despite being used for severe cases, Seroquel is one of the most commonly used drugs. While there may be cases in foster care where certain children need the medication it’s hard to believe that the majority of foster kids are bipolar or schizophrenic. Along with severe side effects such as increase in suicidal thoughts these medications leave a great toll on these children’s physical health.
Then there is a general belief that physical activity and exercise have positive effects on mood and anxiety and a great number of studies describe physical activities are associated with healthy mental well-being, and curve stress and anxiety. So In part, some medical journal analysis has found that neither Prozac nor Plaxil are better than a placebo for any measure of depression. Furthermore, the drugs did notably increase harm, like suicidal thoughts and behavioral problems in the Prozac group and heart problems in the Plaxil group. Remember, people in general think that it is a lot easier to quickly pop a pill or have a doctor prescribe one than it is to explore the reasons for a person’s distress.
Reality of Anti-Depressant Use It may startle you to know that of every mental disorder in the United States of America, anxiety disorders are the most common (“Anxiety”). “Anxiety is often a health response to uncertainty and danger, but constant worry and nervousness can be a sign of another trouble, internal rather than external” (“Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Toxic Worry” 1). There are many adolescents who struggle with mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression and take anti-depressants to help them cope, but the safety of such drugs on developing bodies is debatable. Anxiety is a horrible fear of something you could never put into words or describe (“Anxiety”).
Assessment This patient has been taking medication because they suffered a sports injury in 2010. The pills have been prescribed from by their PCP. Therefore, the client tested positive for opiates. The client also states that they have never had any issues with drugs in the past and that they have never had any problems with their professional license or employment.
More than 15 million Americans suffer from major depression, that’s approximately 6.7 percent of the American population (ADAA). There is one treatment that is offered to people who suffer from major depression... antidepressants. Although some believe that antidepressants cure their major depression, there are others that disagree and claim that antidepressants actually worsens people’s depression and can lead to suicide. “Antidepressants Can Result to Suicide” written by Angela Bischoff in Opposing Viewpoints provides Bischoff’s and “Hey, Let’s Not Get Carried Away: Anti-Depressants Really Do Help People,” a piece written in The Atlantic by Maura Kelly, are two articles that are persuading two different sides of an argument. Both pieces uses
Prescription Narcotic Abuse Abuse of prescription narcotics causes loss of family relations, income, and self-esteem for the addict and causes an economic burden on American society. The abuse of prescription narcotics is fast becoming an epidemic in the United States.