Stating that the use of antidepressants should be decided by the physician as a result of a psychiatric evaluation, Psychologist Dr. Kahraman Güler said, “If the psychiatrist prescribes medication and additional psychotherapy, people should behave in accordance with the treatment program prepared in order to get a healthy and fast result. This way is the healthiest. If the individual gives up the necessity of using medication with the approval of the psychiatrist, he should definitely receive psychotherapy for a certain period of time. Psychotherapy should be taken from specialist clinical psychologists and these people should be competent in their field.
With the sessions progressing within a certain program, individuals should learn self-sufficiency, relaxation exercises, self-control, making sense of emotions, replacing negative beliefs with positive ones, and developing problem-solving and coping strategies.
THE THOUGHT ‘DRUGS MAKE ADDICTION’ BAD EFFECTS THE PATIENT
Underlining that the issue of drug use is the jurisdiction of physicians, Dr. Kahraman Güler said, “We, clinical psychologists, explain through the healthiest psychoeducation method that our clients can stop taking medications when they receive sufficient psychological support, but this is not true for some psychotic disorders. Suggestions made by the environment such as ‘Medicines are addictive, do not use, be your own doctor, everything ends in your head’ or believing this will only worsen the patient’s condition. If the doctor deems necessary, medication should be used. In order to quit, your doctor should observe you and at the same time, your symptoms should be ignored.
Dr. Kahraman Güler continued his words as follows:
“I am definitely using this drug right now, but this is a process, I must tell my doctor that I am fine. The thought should be able to take the ‘I should stop taking the drug at the right time’. Regular follow-up and physician decision is the most accurate about drug use and discontinuation. “
“WHEN THE PANDEMIC PSYCHOLOGIES IS DIFFICULT, PEOPLE SHOULD MAKE THEIR OWN CONTROLS”
Transferring information about how to fix the psychological situation in the pandemic, Dr. “Frankly, we can say that the process was an opportunity for many individuals, but there is an important community of people who have difficulties and problems. Keep in mind that the anxiety experienced in this process as a human being is normal reactions to the abnormal situation. Maintain your interpersonal relationships. Observe emotionally, intellectually and behaviorally, try to find the reasons without blaming anyone while understanding the different things. Learn to relax yourself and it will be good to move around. “It is not in our hands to control everything, but it is possible to control yourself. If necessary, ask for psychological support.”
ANTIDEPRESSANT SHOULD BE TAKEN AT THE DOSE AND TIME SPECIFIED BY THE PSYCHIATRIST
For the ideal use of antidepressants, which must be used with the advice of a doctor, like any drug, Dr. Güler “Antidepressants should be taken at the dose and time specified by the psychiatrist, otherwise it may cause harm rather than benefit. It is necessary to quit as it may have side effects. Discontinuation of the drug must be under the supervision of the doctor, as well as its use.
It should be remembered that medicines are used to balance the symptoms and signs in the body. As soon as your symptoms and symptoms begin, depending on your mind or without consulting a specialist, holding on to medication or leaving it on your own when your symptoms decrease may be one of the harms you have done to yourself ”.