A prevalent misperception among mental health patients is that it’s alright to take matters into their own hands once their symptoms have been subdued. The most prevalent scenario is that they no longer take their medications as prescribed once they feel that there’s no need to. Whereas some reasons for this may be understandable such as budget costs or worrying about side effects, patients must always seek the advice of their providers before taking action themselves.
As promoters of psychiatric care in Texas, we find it critical that patients are properly informed about the hazards associated with the sudden disruption of their medications. These are some of them:
- Rapid return of the illness being treated
- Disturbing mental thoughts or images
- Potentially life-threatening seizures
- Antidepressant withdrawal symptoms such as flu symptoms, sleep problems, dizziness, headaches, anxiety, and irritability
When in doubt, don’t hesitate to reach out! We at NORTHRIDGE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, strive to meet your needs while respecting your preferences. Have any concerns about potential side effects or the efficacy of your medications? You’re in good hands with us. Our team of experts will ensure that each patient is well-informed and that all relevant information is adequately communicated to them.
We also offer telehealth services, so we can address our patients right at the comfort of their homes!