Medications: Do They Help? by Peter Newhouse, PhD, LMSW, ACSW
To Take Or Not To Take
Taking medications to help deal with the pain one is experiencing is an important and personal decision. We want everyone who is considering medications to ponder their options carefully in order to make an informed decision.
Often individuals who seek counseling also have a medical/chemical imbalance. This may be addressed primarily or completely with a medical-based approach. Psychotropic medications can help a wide range of medical and psychological issues. Many of the individuals who seek counsel at Winning At Home Family Wellness realizes the benefit of these medications.
Some medications may take several weeks to work, but studies have consistently shown that today’s medications are safe and effective. There are very few that have negative side effects or long term problems associated with them.
The Role Of Medications
Some clients at Winning At Home Family Wellness also struggle with the role the medications play when dealing with spiritual issues. Many fear that medications may mask or alter their ability to heal or may short-circuit God’s work in their lives.
Once again, the use of medications is a very personal and individual decision. We believe at Winning At Home Family Wellness that God uses a multitude of ways to bring about healing and wholeness to individuals on their journeys. Some individuals, particularly those with specific medical symptoms or components to their conditions, may dramatically benefit from medications.
Talk To Your Doctor
We would encourage all persons who are considering the use of medications to ask their medical provider for details on the medical aspects of their condition and the best type of medical approach for their need.
Before you visit your doctor, take a few minutes to write down any symptoms you are experiencing. At your appointment, describe to them how often and severely you have experienced these symptoms. Speaking openly about the symptoms will help those with diagnosis and treatment, and can lead to faster relief for you as a patient.
The doctor can also tell you the benefits as well as possible side effects. With proper diagnosis, most people see improvement in their symptoms.
Follow your doctor’s instructions on how and when to take the medication for the best results.
It is important to continue to take the medications even when you begin to feel better. Remember, full recovery takes time.