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OVER PRESCRIBING DRUGS TO TREAT MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

 So is drug treatment alone an effective way to treat mental health problems? To be sure, there are at least some people who benefit from some drug treatments—especially if they suffer from acute mental health problems that they are likely to recover from relatively quickly.  However, there are numerous good reasons why drugs alone should not be the reflexive treatment of choice for many mental health problems, and I’ve listed some of these reasons below.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/why-we-worry/201401/overprescribing-drugs-treat-mental-health-problems

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SCHIZOPHRENIA UNRESPONSIVE TO ANTIPSYCHOTIC DRUGS

Patients with schizophrenia who fail to respond to antipsychotic medications may have something in common — they appear to have normal levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.Schizophrenia is typically associated with an overactive dopamine system, which means that the brain is processing abnormally high levels of dopamine. However, about one-third of individuals with schizophrenia do not respond to this treatment, and until now, no study has focused on whether dopamine abnormality is present in patients resistant to antipsychotic treatment.  Source:  American Journal of Psychiatry.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/12/03/why-some-schizophrenia-patients-are-unresponsive-to-antipsychotic-drug

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Anti-psychotics in Nursing Homes

"The misuse of antipsychotic drugs as chemical restraints is one of the most common and long-standing, but preventable, practices causing serious harm to nursing home residents today," says Toby Edelman, an attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy in Washington, D.C.

 https://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-2014/antipsychotics-overprescribed.html

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