Meds vs. Therapy: Which is Best?

We’ve mentioned in earlier blogs about detecting signs that a child may be developing a mental disorder. If that is the case, then it’s mandatory to seek proper medical treatment. But what exactly does that mean?

If you take that child to the doctor, the doctor may have his/her own opinions of what is best for the child. They may recommend medications or therapy. Therefore, it’s your ultimate decision to decide what’s best for the child.

Here we will inform you about the benefits of each type of recovery (therapy or medication), which will leave you capable of making the best possible choice.

Therapy:

The good: These therapies come in a wide variety and can concentrate on various parts of the body. They are purely natural, and perfectly safe. Talking with a specialist (e.g. psychiatrist) will often allow the patient to feel as though (s)he is in control. They can occur as often as needed, and similar to doctor’s appointments, are meant to fit the patient’s schedule. Talking is often the best solution to digging deep down below the surface to figure out what is wrong.

The bad: These therapies are often expensive, as they will cost you about $75-$100 an hour. In certain cases, talking may not be enough. There may be certain physiological symptoms that a person is experiencing that cannot be solved by simply talking.

Examples: Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamic, Cognitive, Behavioral, and Interpersonal

Medications:

The good: Medication use targets the symptoms directly, releasing chemicals to balance brain connections. When the brain is chemically balanced, then the individual’s symptoms will either disappear, or become reduced significantly. Meds can be easily administered.

The bad: Usage can lead to medication abuse, or dependence. Individuals may become tolerant to the drug, causing a need for an increase in dosage. Some may feel as though taking meds is not natural. It can also be expensive to purchase.

Examples: Seroquel (Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia), Lexapro (depression, anxiety), Lorazepam (anxiety)

Of course, like any decision you make for your child, it is up to you to use your proper judgment. Medical professionals, friends and family are always there to help guide you through the process if you ever need help. 

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One thought on “Meds vs. Therapy: Which is Best?

  1. Your info is so useful for an outsider. I can quickly grasp the ideas and start weighing the two. And it seems that, for me, therapy appears to be a better choice since meds can also be expensive…
    Though talking might not solve all troubles, they won’t bring new ones as drugs might do, right?
    Is there any eclectic choices to take advantages from both? Can meds be adopted to better comply with therapy?

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