Skip to comments.Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americansí Use of Multiple Psychiatric Drugs
Posted on 02/13/2017 10:12:01 AM PST by MarvinStinsonEdited on 02/13/2017 10:15:34 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday.
The new analysis, based on data from doctorsí office visits, suggests that inappropriate prescribing to older people is more common than previously thought. Office visits are a close, if not exact, estimate of underlying patient numbers. The paper appears in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
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Follow the money.
Sounds like a problem with doctors more than with the patients.
Are they just trying to get older people out of their hair?
The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs...
Oh, psychiatric drugs!
I thought I was going to have to add another Psychedelic
That is probably part of it, another part is likely some aging baby boomers wanting a "quick fix" from medication they see on TV or hear about from friends.
There are probably other factors as well, but those spring to mind.
She lived to be 92 in good health.
Frankly, this is the first notable occurrence I’ve had of someone actually calling a drug “psychiatric.” I’ve heard the difference between psychoactive and psychotropic and I have also read and heard about narcotics like opiates and the like.
The article does not do much distinction between classes of “psycho-blah” and “narco-blah....” So I really don’t know what to make of it except there is some kind of purpose to it only a NYT ghoul could mutate.
In addition to the education of your doctor (assuming you chose one from a school that didn’t end each day with Margaritas) coupled with multiple resources to gauge drug interactions and contraindications should provide some measure of comfort - more comfort that what a New York Times reporter provides.
Nearly 46 percent of people with at least three prescriptions had no diagnosis of a mood, chronic pain or sleep problem, the study found.
Weird. Perhaps the patients are watching medicine ads on television. Then they request the drug from their doctor, and he writes a prescription, without bothering to make a diagnosis.
in Primary care 60% of Patients Have a Diagnosable Mental Disorder. Presumably this symposium is about how to peddle as many dubious psych meds as possible to these over-cashed rubes.
If 60% of everybody is mentally ill, then I would suggest that the definition of mental illness itself is the real disease and not the normal ups and downs of everyday life.
But where is the fun (and profit) in that?
Given that the industry has poured endless billions into convincing consumers to do exactly that, I’d wager that a) it’s the truth; b) the pharmas know that; and c) they’re banking on it.
That particular generation can be difficult to deal with. On average (always exceptions) not as mentally tough as their parents.
How many are taking them as recreation?
Excellent advice. I'm 62 and I take no meds of any kind.
My grandmother lived to be 106—yes I am bragging.
I never saw a pill of any kind in her house.
“Ask your doctor if (Drug X) could be right for you!”
He’s 55, married for 30 years in a children-centered marriage, empty nest now, nothing in common, she walked out, he’s emotionally and socially upside down. Doc softens him up, gives him Rx for anxiety/depression.
Now, he’ll have big trouble with gun buy/carry permits. Part of a PC proggie program, this.
Stay away from doctors.
Commercials misinform patients who threaten to leave their doctor if they dont get the pill they saw on TV. The line is very blurred between pain killers, sleep aids and anti-depressants. Expiring trademarks and the greed of more $$$$$ creates all manner of chemicals that we dont even have names for yet.
My lesson was with Tramadol. A 6 year addiction in spite of 4 medical Dr.s ensuring me that its not addictive. After I proved them all wrong and found someone to help, the worst 13 months of my life began. The only pill I agreed to take in 45 years made my chronic pain seem like a walk in the park on a spring day.
I doubt my faith in medical science will ever recover.
“Do no harm” — What a joke!
I go only if it’s unknown and/or something I can’t handle myself.