Polypharmacy was once the exception in psychiatry, now it seems to have become the rule. Patients frequently are taking 3,4, even 5 psych meds at one time. And often it's primary care doctors, not psychiatrists, who are doing the prescribing -- usually without adequate training in psychiatry.
Here are five simple and effective steps you can take to get better sleep tonight.
Insomnia is one of the most common and frustrating complaints that my patients report. The underlying cause can be anything from stress and anxiety to depression, medical conditions, pain, medications or poor sleeping habits.
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder is the current fad-du-jour. It needs to be killed before it multiplies beyond easy taming. The best person to provide insight is Keith Conners, the man who did the first studies on ADHD -- even before there was an official DSM diagnosis called ADHD.
Adderall can cause serious side effects, including high blood pressure and stroke.
Just say no, bro.
Use of inhalants, traditionally a concern in the youngest age groups, was at its lowest levels ever, and the drop in lifetime
We are ADHD in kids and giving many of them stimulant drugs they don't need. Some kids, especially boys, are more active than others; most of what passes for ADHD these days is really no more than normal variation or developmental difference.
Why are so many teens and young adults turning to stimulant drinks and drugs? Given that I run a busy pediatric practice and take care of patients up to age 21 (or so), I went straight to the source. I heard the same things repeatedly.
If you decompress, you become more efficient and less anxious, and you sleep better. Slowly integrating other healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise and good diet can help you rid yourself of the need for the high-performance cocktail.