Psychiatric Medication Opinions

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Psychiatric Medication Opinions

Psychiatric Medication OpinionsWhen it comes to taking psychiatric medications, it seems everybody has an opinion; an opinion on which ones are the best and worst, even an opinion on whether or not you or I should take them. And seemingly, some of the strongest opinions regarding antidepressants, antipsychotics and other psychiatric medications come from people who have a mental illness. Our blogger, Natalie Jeanne Champagne, recently wrote about this - Please, Stop Telling Us What Psych Medications We Should or Should Not Take! There are even health and mental health websites where people can rate individual medications.

In considering all those opinions, here's the most important thing you should know. Psychiatric medications affect each person differently. So what may work for you, may not help another person with the same condition. Antidepressant side-effects may be horrible for someone, but you may experience mild or very few side-effects.

The point I'm trying to make is, you won't know how an antidepressant, antipsychotic, anti-anxiety or ADHD medication will work for you until you take it. And any questions or concerns you have should be addressed directly with your prescribing doctor. The last word should not rest with people on a forum board or chatroom who have no idea about you and your medical/mental health history.

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: How do you feel about others with depression, bipolar disorder, or any other mental illness, telling you what medications you should or shouldn't take? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Hiding Mental Illness

Mental health stigma will stick around so long as people with mental illness continue to feel they have to remain in hiding. Stand Up for Yourself. Stand Up for Mental Health.

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Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.


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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2013, June 20). Psychiatric Medication Opinions, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 18 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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