Psychologist Perspective on Psychotropic Medication
Depression, anxiety and other psychological problems can be quite painful. Symptoms frequently have a very lengthy onset and oftentimes take a similar period of time, and much effort, before resolved. If you are struggling psychologically, it is important that you consider your options carefully and choose a healing process that is most beneficial to you as an individual.
While some certainly find it useful, starting on a psychotropic medication is unnecessary for most persons seen at the PSC. Instead we offer a variety of psychological techniques (e.g., talk therapy) to help our clients.
For those who think medication might be useful in ameliorating the problems that they are experiencing, it is recommended that each individual research the matter to assist with deciding what is right for them. To read a description of the major psychotropic medications being used currently, visit the website of the National Institute of Mental Health. For an alternative view, please see the work of Peter Breggin, MD.
Please note that psychiatric services are not available at the PSC, but a thorough evaluation by one of our psychotherapists or psychologists could be beneficial before consulting with a physician regarding the start of a psychotropic regimen. For those prescribed such medication, participation in concurrent psychotherapy at the PSC is frequently most efficacious.
Incoming Students and Employees
Many psychotropic medications, especially those that are newer, are not available in Grenada. If coming to the island for an extended period, you should plan ahead to ensure that you have sufficient medicine for your stay.
Many persons have found it useful to arrive with a two-month supply and then have additional refills shipped to them in a manner sufficiently timely to prevent running out.