In the treatment of mental diseases, our treatment is essential. Many patients’ families attach great importance to the choice of drugs and the effects of taking them, even in the later stage. In fact, there are two main reasons. The first is whether the patients’ condition can be relieved after taking drugs, and the second is that they are afraid of dependence after taking psychotropic drugs.
In fact, the word drug dependence in daily life is the word “addiction”, which generally means mental dependence or physical dependence. However, in medicine, drug dependence refers to the long-term, chronic or periodic mandatory use of drugs by mental patients in order to seek the mental effect after taking drugs and avoid the pain caused by the patient’s withdrawal, In order to seek special physical and psychological pleasure, many people are afraid of drug addiction, which has a lot to do with drugs.
In fact, during the treatment of mental diseases, some of the “dependence reactions” we sometimes produce are not manifestations of addiction. Many times, they may only be withdrawal reactions. Let me tell you about the relevant knowledge of drugs. I hope you can watch it carefully and help you.
which drugs we take are addictions and which are withdrawal reactions?
First of all, before we distinguish the two, you have to know what drug dependence is. In fact, it is divided into two kinds: one is mental dependence, but physical dependence. Mental dependence refers to the patient’s desire for drugs in order to obtain a special pleasure after taking drugs.
The emergence of this dependence is closely related to the types and personality characteristics of drugs. Drugs that are easy to cause dependence include codeine, morphine, alcohol, meperidine and barbiturates.
However, somatic dependence refers to the repeated use of drugs to promote changes in the central nervous system, such as biochemistry or physiology, so that drugs need to continue to exist in the body to avoid the performance of withdrawal syndrome.
On the basis of these two kinds of dependence, if the patient uses a certain drug and feels good after several times, he is eager to use it to satisfy himself. He uses it repeatedly. The more he uses it, the more frequently he uses it, and even feels weak when it is serious. At this time, the patient has been completely captured by the drug, and the patient will try to get it, It’s uncomfortable not to take it. It’s like falling into an abyss and can’t get out. I don’t need to say that you know what the picture is.
Which drugs are addictive?
Addictive drugs usually have strong and wonderful physical or mental reactions.
The medicine takes effect very quickly.
Relatively easy to obtain. (if you take medicine at long intervals, you won’t be addicted)
Generally, the above conditions are met for drugs that can make drug users addicted. Of course, there are many factors that can induce drug users. In real life, many patients will find the following in panic:
Why can’t I stop taking drugs for depression? Am I addicted to drugs?
In fact, it’s not just antidepressant drugs. Many psychotropic drugs may feel like this after taking them for a period of time. In fact, this situation is not necessarily drug addiction, but also withdrawal reaction.
What is withdrawal reaction?
Many people here will ask this question: what is withdrawal reaction? In fact, for drug addiction and withdrawal reaction, their symptoms are very similar, which makes patients or family members confused. The two are completely different.
In the actual medication treatment, many patients will have the idea of reduction in the stable period after the effect of antipsychotics, and even many have reduced or stopped the drug without authorization, without considering the stable period of efficacy.
Therefore, in this case, patients who reduce drugs without authorization may have some manifestations, such as dizziness, headache, nausea, and even diarrhea, resulting in a situation that the condition will be aggravated as soon as they stop taking drugs, and they can’t get rid of the illusion of antipsychotics. In fact, this illusion is the withdrawal reaction we mentioned above.
The reaction is that the patient has been taking medicine for a long time, and the functions of various parts of the body have a certain adaptability to the drugs. Therefore, when the drug is stopped and the dose is reduced at once, it is easy to cause physical dysfunction and some “side effects”.
These side effects often make patients have the illusion of drug addiction, but in fact, this is not real drug dependence. Generally speaking, it is the drug addiction symptoms of patients after unauthorized drug reduction and withdrawal. In fact, it can only mean that the mental disease has not been cured.
How long should I take general antipsychotics?
In fact, I have written a lot of similar articles on this question. Many patients’ private letters or comments ask me, how long do I have to take drugs? How much do I eat for this disease? In fact, I’m embarrassed to see such similar problems. I believe most pen pals are the same. This is because I don’t know the actual condition of the patient. For the same disease, there are great differences in the drugs, dosage and time required for people with different constitutions.
Generally speaking, how long it takes to take medicine for a mental illness depends on the actual situation of the patient, such as recovery, drug reaction, etc. there are no constant provisions on its own time and dose, which generally varies from person to person.
Therefore, for such similar problems, patients or family members must timely feed back to pig doctors, which is the most effective. For the condition, your attending doctor is much clearer than yourself!