Medicating Women’s Feelings
Here is a clip from a great article by The New York Times: …” When we are overmedicated, our emotions become synthetic. For personal growth, for a satisfying marriage and for a more peaceful world, what we need is more empathy, compassion, receptivity, emotionality and vulnerability, not less.
We need to stop labeling our sadness and anxiety as uncomfortable symptoms, and to appreciate them as a healthy, adaptive part of our biology.” [end clip]
I think this information is not so unique to women’s feelings and probably apples to men and children! Medication can be extremely helpful in reducing overwhelming or flooding emotion that lasts for long periods and or interferes with our lives; however, many of these feelings can be very helpful and are natural reactions to often unusual or overwhelming situations. In the course of therapy or counseling understanding and being aware of these emotions can let us find change and relief by addressing the source of the feelings and related thoughts. Dr. Charles R. Davenport is a licensed psychologist who works with women and men of all ages to treat anxiety and depression amongst other difficulties. Many times a combination of medication and ongoing individual therapy is most effective for debilitating symptoms.