why prescription drugs should not be used for physiological problems

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this shows the negatives of prescription drugs and other potential cures

Submitted: January 13, 2015

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Recent studies show that 55% of American's are sexually abused each year in the US. One in five male children and one in three female children will be sexually assaulted before they reach adult hood (abuse is a serious crime...). These victims will experience anxiety and many other disorders in their life due to the childhood trauma. So therapists will prescribe prescription drugs to help cure the issue.

There are many ways to help cure disorders like pharmaceutical drugs, therapy, and psychologists; but the pharmaceutical drugs can be damaging to your health; there is a better way and that is art therapy. Art therapy is a safer cure for anxiety than prescription drugs. 

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling, and music, used as a remedial activity or an aid to diagnosis. Art therapy is the process of: 

Using art in therapy (to) provide a pleasure factor that is that is not what people expect to encounter, and it stimulates their desire to be expressive. Drawing, or making marks, is in tune with adolescents' development, as evidenced by the tagging and graffiti that is abundant in many cities (Shirley). 

 Art therapy deals with many disorders for example depression and anxiety, PTSD and abuse related stress. One of the methods of art therapy is imagery. Imagery helps because "imagery taps into a person’s earliest way of knowing and reacting to the world around them"(Art therapy with adolescents, Shirley). Imagery comes in the forms of painting, sculpting, or drawing. Using the patient’s own imagery isn't harmful or toxic it’s using a natural skill to suppress, or let out the memories or other problems that are causing the patient to be in their current mental state. This shows that it's not harmful because it's letting whatever is harming you out so it may be forgotten by the bliss (side effects of the said prescribed drug). Art therapy may be safer; but like all debates there is a negative side to art therapy.  Art therapy hasn’t been around as long as traditional cures for mental disorders and other mental or physical problems. Art therapy works but not as quickly compared to prescription drugs. However art therapy can be used as a prescription “Prescribing art therapy to some patients can yield some impressive results” (“Opher, Simon”).this statement from a doctor shows the experience and trials behind art therapy and that it is successful. Dr. Simon Opher says

“The most marked effects are a reduction in anxiety scores an increase in self-esteem” in this quote Dr. Simon Opher has laid out some important results to show the success behind art therapy. Art therapy isn’t well known of so it doesn’t have a high success rate compared to prescriptions and or psychiatrists.

Prescription drugs are more dangerous than art therapy because they can be hazardous to your health. "Most of are aware that pharmaceutical drugs are toxic to some extent" (AMA, Health effects of prescription drugs). This shows that people already know that prescriptions can be dangerous to our health. Prescription drugs have side effects some of these can be death or other possibly dangerous effects for example one statistic says "There are 70 potential reactions in the average prescription drugs for example

“Anxiolytics (anti-anxiety medication) Benzodiazepines should not be abruptly stopped because of the risk of seizures and other serious side effects. Also with this medication you can’t mix it with other nervous system medications because it may cause profound drowsiness and or impair breathing. Those who have breathing difficulties to begin with including sleep apnea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” (“Morelli, Jim”.) 

 This statement shows how these prescriptions are or potentially lethal. They are lethal because if a patient already has a previously listed problem then they are at risk because it could worsen their problem and lead to death.

Anticonvulsants are a nervous system drug that is also dangerous, “because it can lead to life-threatening liver and pancreatic toxicities; it is also associated with causing birth defects” (“Morelli, Jim”.)This drug is dangerous because the liver is a very important organ and is vital to a person’s health.

So any prolonged use of any of these drugs could have lethal side effects.

 "Prescription drug side effects are the 3rd leading cause of death in the US", AMA (American Medical Association). Besides the risk of death and other harmful side effects prescription drugs have a risk of addiction which leads to over dosing based on your body's dependence on the drug. 

 Addictions can lead to mental illnesses and other diseases. This shows how art therapy is safer than using the prescriptions. Prescription drugs also kill in the safest of places for example, "Prescription drugs kill over 100,000 people every year in hospitals alone"(AMA, Health effects of prescription drugs). This states that even when you are monitored that the drugs are very dangerous. Prescription drugs are dangerous because people abuse their right to use the drugs especially when people drink while using drugs;

"People with anxiety disorders may find that alcohol or other substances can make their anxiety symptoms worse. And they are two to three times more likely to have an alcohol or other substance abuse disorder at some point in their lives"(substance abuse) 

 Using prescription drugs by yourself is dangerous with anxiety because;

"The symptoms of one disorder can make the symptoms of another worse; an anxiety disorder may lead to using alcohol or other substances to self-medicate and to alleviate anxiety symptoms" (“Substance Abuse”). 

 Prescription drugs may be bad but there is some positives to taking them. Prescription drugs can help heal faster and can be often accessed quicker than therapists. Prescription drugs are also stronger and have a higher success rate. Research has shown “medications such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil: have a 15-45% success rate in temporarily reducing Anxiety symptoms” (Richards, Thomas Panic/ Agoraphobia and Medication). This shows how the prescription drugs can help with the right prescription and dosage.

Prescription drugs aren’t just physically harmful they harm your wallet and financial situation; "in 2011 4.2 billion prescriptions were written in the U.S." to further the evidence in over prescribed America "The top masters in health care say that 4 billion dollars are spent a year on advertisements for prescription drugs." (Top masters in health care) Which means that the US / FDA are funding the loss of American lives and money away. This states that many people in the US are hurting themselves each year due to taking too many prescription drugs. "The article over prescribed America says; Americans have been led to believe-by their doctors, by advertisers, and by the pharmaceutical industry- that there is a pill to cure just about anything that ails them. 

 Americans have always been easily influenced and persuaded so when a television ad pops up on their screen they see it works and want to buy it just because many of them think because it works for them it has to work for me. Americans then experience the  Side effects of the drug and realize that it doesn’t really work but then it’s too late so they sue the companies behind the making of the drug and only get a small settlement to make up for the inconvenience. Is it really fare to trick people into buying a drug that is poisoning their bodies and then say you bought it here is some money sorry about you luck. 

However art therapy doesn’t false advertise or trick anyone it doesn’t even have the risk of death compared to the chemicals that you put into your body with every pill swallowed.

 

“In Over prescribed America "The top masters in health care say that in the U.S there a Ten times more deaths per year from adverse drug reactions to properly prescribed and administered drugs than from illegal drugs." 

 

This is a huge risk especially for the elderly ranging 65 and up; in "over prescribed America the demographics say that 12.6% of Americans aged 65 and up are taking more than four prescriptions." this means that they are more than four times more likely to have a reaction and die than the average American. So whoever is on prescriptions put themselves at risk of dying and becoming attached.

The knowledge that has been taken away from the research and studies that have been done is astonishing. The research proves that doctors and other medical professionals have proven that the drugs that are prescribed to people aren't safe. 

Based on the 55% of American's are sexually abused each year in the US that’s a lot of psychological and or physical based prescriptions which are extremely dangerous if a prolonged use is needed. When these people go to get help they need art therapy not a prescription that’s going to harm them and kill them slowly. Even when Americans do not need a prescription for that type of damage there is not a pill for everything. The Americans who believe otherwise need therapy for being brainwashed by television and to come back to reality. 

For the people with addictions and or other problems that are controlling their lives there is a better way to cure you personal issues and that is art therapy. Everyone has art therapy at their fingertips without even knowing. Art therapy is for anyone and is free you can use it at home or in need of a professional can get help finding a therapist at http://www.arttherapy.org/.Art therapy is free does not cause bodily harm and won’t start addictions. 

Art therapy is a wide-ranging and ever-changing discipline.  It can take the form of music, sculpting, drawing, painting, and more.

Art therapy is a safer cure and anyone can use it. Dr. Simon Opher has proven that art therapy can boost self-esteem, confidence and moral. Art therapy is a good and safe cure for anxiety and stress caused by the act of sexual assault on the victims. Art therapy is a safer alternative to prescribed drugs such as

Anxiolytics (anti-anxiety medication) Benzodiazepines should not be abruptly stopped because of the risk of seizures and other serious side effects. Also with this medication you can’t mix it with other nervous system medications because it may cause profound drowsiness and or impair breathing. Those who have breathing difficulties to begin with including sleep apnea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” (“Morelli, Jim”.) 

These drugs are over prescribed and each time they are prescribed they kill a person because they cause the irreparable damage. It’s bad enough that Americans today are over prescribed as a culture and can’t really help the fact that their doctors only prescribe what they think will help. With art therapy Americans can star to turn their lives around and can slow their deaths due to the prescription drugs. 

It’s bad enough that we die due to other hazards we don’t need further risk. So the prescriptions need to stop and people need to star with art therapy which will not harm you and costs next to nothing. Americans deserve the best not killing yourself to fix you problems. Which is why Art therapy is the safer option for solving the problem of anxiety.

 


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