Medication | Matt Wright

Hey guys, it’s Matt Wright here and today I’m going to be talking about medication I’ve been asked to talk.

Hey guys, it’s Matt Wright here and today I’m going to be talking about medication I’ve been asked to talk about medication a few times before but I was never quite sure how to go about it Because it’s such a broad subject So today I’m going to give you some information, my own opinion and I’m going to cover some of the medication that I’ve been on/am currently on As always I will put links in the description to things that I’ve talked about as well as time stamps so you can skip to the part of the video that’s most relevant to you Today I’ll be talking about medication in relation to mental health disorders I won’t be touching upon physical health conditions because I’m lucky enough not to suffer from any I don’t feel like my view on that would be particularly helpful You need the information to allow you to make an informed decision The five things that you should ask your doctor/GP/psychiatrist about treatment, I’ve gotten from the Mind website Mind are a mental health charity that do some great work for mental health awareness So here are the five things What exactly the treatment is? What the treatment will achieve or what it hopes to achieve? Any likely side effects? What will happen if treatment is not given? What alternatives are there? If you’re 18 or over and have the mental capacity to consent then you are always entitled to refuse treatment There’s a quote from the UK Mental Health Act that I’m going to read However ‘a person [who] lacks capacity because of an impairment or a disturbance in the functioning of the mind or brain’ In this case, a person could be treated for a mental disorder without their consent Similarly if you’re being held under section (and there’s a whole list of sections that these apply to) then treatment for a mental disorder can also be given without consent I’m talking about medication, therapy, hospitalisation etc You have to excuse me because I’m reading from my notes I’d like to stress again the importance of staying properly informed To me the biggest thing when considering going on medication was research You should research the different types of medications and what you think is right for you As well as also listening to medical professions and getting the medical opinion Which I would put above all else really in terms of considering treatment You need to consider what might happen if you refuse treatment By this I mean hospitalisation, forced treatment What will be considered is whether or not you are a vulnerable individual. If you’re a vulnerable individual who is refusing treatment then they can take steps to give you treatment without your consent Medication has a very important place in the recovery process. It did for me personally I’m glad that I decided to go on medication otherwise I don’t feel I’d be in the positive place that I am currently in So for me it was a very important part of the recovery process You will hear many stories from different people concerning medication. It’s not all horror stories. There are many positives to choosing to be medicated A physical health condition, be it long or short term, doesn’t receive the same stigma despite medication being prescribed for both to treat and prevent disease Our bodies are incredibly complicated and there is so much that can go wrong There is no shame whatsoever in being medicated. We all need a little help now and then I think it’s important to talk to friends and family about your decision. Talk to other people who are also on medication for mental health conditions You’d be surprised at how many people there actually are who are medicated and who are willing to talk about it There is absolutely nothing wrong with changing medications if one isn’t right for you However you should always complete the recommended trial period on a medication before you decide either way Give the medication the chance to help because that is what it is for Talking a little about medications that I have been on One that I have been on is Fluoxetine or Prozac and I was on that for roughly 3 years I started when I was 16 and still in hospital until I was 19 It’s an antidepressant and it was used primarily for my depression but also for my bulimia I did get a lot of withdrawal symptoms whilst I was on Fluoxetine but that was because I used to stop and start on the medication frequently Because I was still fighting myself as to whether or not being medicated was something that I was happy with Eventually I came to the realisation that, whether or not I was happy with it, medication was making me better so I should stick with it I had some mild side effects of feeling nauseous, not sleeping very well and headaches After the first few weeks where my body was getting used to the medication, I found that Fluoxetine helped a lot after the side effects left If you’re still experiencing side effects after a few weeks then that’s when you’d go back to your GP/doctor/psychiatrist and explain There would be something that they could do for you They may recommend that you change dosage In some people, particular antidepressants can stop working over time In this case, the doctor might suggest that you change dosage For me when I was 19, I felt that Fluoxetine was no longer right for me. I would say that I still suffer from bulimia now but not to the extent that I did before I was experiencing bad panic attacks so it was suggested that I try sertraline Sertraline is an antidepressant and can be used for depression, panic attacks, OCD and PTSD The side effects to start with were similar to that of Fluoxetine or Prozac. Feeling sick, tiredness, not sleeping and headaches But all of these passed after the few weeks. Or not go back to your doctor/GP to see what they can do Overall I am happy about Sertraline and think that it helps me Something else I wanted to touch upon briefly in recreational drugs and medication I enjoy using marijuana and I have done for a year or so now For me, cannabis greatly helps my anxiety. However it’s ill advised for me to say that you should be using cannabis and that’s not what I’m trying to say I’ve heard it work for some people but for others not so much. Obviously every person’s body is different and will react in different ways In terms of other recreational drugs I would not suggest them at all With drugs such as ecstasy you’ll find that usually your medication for your mental health disorder will only decrease the effect that the recreational drug has on you The side effects or comedown from the recreational drug may cause you further mental health difficulties Red flag. Try to think carefully before taking recreational drugs when on medication for mental health conditions Ultimately taking medication is your decision. You shouldn’t let the stigma of medication stop you from seeking help If you don’t take anything else away from this video I’d like you to consider that To consider that, for you to have a better and more fulfilled life in your steps towards recovery, medication might be the option for you I think that was everything I wanted to cover Sorry if it was distracting but I’ve been reading my notes to one side here As always if there’s anything you’d like me to talk about in the future then comment. Discussion down below is always open. Let’s talk about medication I’d love to hear your opinions on it Sorry it’s very hot and muggy my end Thank you so much for watching and I will see you very soon. Hope you’re all well and goodbye. Handhug

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