Despite the fact that physicians have been successfully treating psychiatric concerns with medication for nearly a century, there are still misconceptions about the process.
Myth #1: I’ll get addicted to my medication
The majority of medications prescribed for mental health concerns are not addictive. Medications in the amphetamine and benzodiazepine categories do carry some risk for addiction, but this can largely be mitigated by taking it as prescribed.
Addiction is characterized by craving, needing more and more over time to get an effect, and withdrawal symptoms when the substance is discontinued.
Myth #2: I’ll need to be on medication forever
It’s not uncommon for folx to choose to stay on a medication that is working for years at a time, however, 6 months to a year is often the starting point particularly in the treatment of depression and anxiety. You will always have choices when it comes to how long you stay on medication.
Myth #3: I can’t take medication, I’m pregnant or breastfeeding
Medications are rated based on their relative safety for taking while pregnant or breast feeding. Our nurse practitioners are trained in perinatal mental health, and can help you navigate the risks and potential benefits with confidence.