Most people do blindly allow their children or themselves to be medicated without asking questions. We’re taught that doctors know best.

So many people get misdiagnosed and incorrectly prescribed. I don’t know if “over-prescribing” is the issue as some people say, or if it’s “incorrect prescribing.” Probably both. There’s a “pill” for everything but just because we can, doesn’t mean we need to.

I hate the term “Big Pharma” because it’s so divisive, but health itself and the health industry are complex. Companies convince doctors that pills are needed. Doctors have limited information overall and rely on sources that might or might not be correct. Doctors interpret the best they can.

Symptoms fit diagnostic criteria. Checkboxes get ticked. As a result, incorrect diagnoses happen. The first example that comes to mind is people who go on meds for anxiety unaware that food that they regularly eat — say, their morning oatmeal — is causing brain inflammation that has resulted in ongoing anxiety.

Or being diagnosed for depression when the symptoms are the result of going off hormonal birth control. (While not diagnosed, my depression w/ suicidal thoughts got awful after I stopped trying to control my body that way.)

Stories like yours educate. Learning as much as each person can, being their own (or their child’s) advocate and asking questions could help.

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