Questions & Answers on Psychiatric Medications
Tadao Ogura, M.D.
I hope that the information in this booklet has cleared up many of the misconceptions that you may have had concerning psychiatric medications, and has also given you better information on how you should be approaching the treatment of your medical or psychiatric condition. You should be treating your psychiatric condition just as seriously as any other medical condition, but you should not be any more fearful of taking medication to help you recover than you would be if you were to take any other type of medication such as Penicillin or other antibiotics. (In fact, too many people are all too willing to take antibiotics. They are hugely over-prescribed!)
As with any medication, if you have any questions or concerns, you should always consult your doctor. The information in this booklet is not intended to make you think you are fully informed. Nor is it intended to make you want to take medication when medication is not necessary. It is intended to clarify some common misconceptions and prejudice about psychiatric medications.
No matter how well you are informed, you cannot have as much in-depth knowledge or experience as most doctors do. Therefore, you should always consult with your doctor, and make sure you are comfortable that you have all the answers about all your questions. The ultimate choice on your treatment should be made through good communication and understanding between you and your doctor. After all, any successful medical treatment is achieved by good "team work" among all parties concerned, you, your doctor, and your family.