Drug use in relation to mental health is on the rise, and we’re not talking about the illegal kind of drugs. Over 65 million people in the United States are now taking at least one prescription medication to help with their mental health, equating out to one in five Americans.
COVID-19 is largely being blamed for this increase in mental health issues across the world, with an estimated 25% increase in anxiety and depression due to the pandemic.
However, an increasing number of these cases year over year isn’t anything new to this world. In fact, anxiety, depression, and other mental health crises have gradually gone up over time, which should be raising red flags with the introduction of the many medications that are being prescribed for them.
Psychotropic medications are the drugs that are prescribed to treat mental health issues, and they’re broken into five main categories: antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and stimulants.
Constantly hailed as breakthroughs within the scientific community, these psychotropic medications also bring along with them a myriad of side effects,