13 January, 2015

Advantages and Disadvantages of Psych Meds

Antidepressants(of the ones I can tolerate: Effexor, Brintellix, Paxil)
Advantages
Not feeling overwhelmed as easily
Prevents "bottom dropping out" feeling
Able to speak better because of reduced anxiety

Disadvantages
Feeling numb and/or distant
Decreased motivation, feeling more depressed and tired
Side effects like Nausea, Diarrhea, Sexual Dysfunction, etc
Dependence

Antipsychotics(of the ones I can tolerate: Haldol, Risperdal)
Advantages
Decreased brain noise and anxiety

Disadvantages
Extreme drowsiness
Difficulty in thinking
Difficulty in feeling related to people
Increased heartrate, blood sugar abnormalities
Possibly can lead to EPS, tardive dyskenisia, diabetes
Dependence

Cannabis
Advantages: more effective for anxiety and depression
increased sociability
reduced anxiety
 reduced pain

Disadvantages:
unpredictable, dosage hard to determine
liable to lead to psychoses
can make very sleepy
cost
dependence

Herbal Remedies and Supplements for Anxiety(5HTP,SJW, Valerian, Chamomile)
Advantages:
Relatively safe, mild side effects
Tend to make more calm
No Prescription or Illegality Concerns

Disadvantages:
Doesn't tend to work very well

No medication/etc
Advantages:
Free, mind is in natural state

Disadvantages:
Still have trouble with anxiety
Not realistic solution. Vitamins are not helpful.

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