Over-Medication as a Coping Mechanism
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 arent 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?