Are Prescription Drugs the Answer?

Over-Medication as a Coping Mechanism

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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted

Guest Articles on the Over-Medicated

Do you take more than a couple of prescription drug medications every day? Are you being over-medicated? What’s the truth about new disorders we hear about every week, it seems now?

People often refer to our society as severely over-medicated and perhaps that claim is not quite such an exaggeration anymore! According to the National Council on Patient Information and Education, 49% of all Americans use prescription drugs – and 32 million are taking three or more each day! These staggering statistics account for over $110 billion in sales.

If those numbers aren’t convincing enough that we may be succumbing to the pressures of the media to use prescription drugs to solve any and all ailments, perhaps the onslaught of new “disorders” cropping up may be further evidence to take a second look before popping another pill.

One of the most notable includes compulsive shopping disorder, where “victims” are now being prescribed medicine to “control symptoms”.

Holistic health advocates look for core causes and work to bring about organic, holistic change rather than just treating symptoms. Isn’t it better to treat the real symptoms behind these “disorders” without resorting to the over-medicated approach of Big Pharma?

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