This is from my perspective, and I understand that psych meds can help older adults cope with their mental illnesses and possibly change their lives for the better.
I was prescribed many different anti depressants, anti anxiety meds, etc since I was 13 years old. I was on as many as 8 different psych meds at a time. Throughout all high school, I walked around like a zombie, and I was so tired all the time. Most of my teenage years were spent sleeping, feeling extremely insecure because I would have to be pulled out of my classes because I would be shaking (and I wouldnt even notice.) I had poor social skills, didn’t fit in and would frequently have to miss class just to go to pyschtrist appointments so they could raise my dosage and pump me full of meds.
I really don’t think the meds have helped me at all. If anything, I feel so much better now that I’m off them. I am 20 and when I turned 18 I made the decision to stop taking my meds. I have energy now and maintain a regular sleeping schedule. I’m not in a constant fog. I actually set goals for myself now and can actually be able to look at my future and set realistic expectations for myself.
I still have a lot to work on. I know I need therapy. I still am very depressed, and that alone makes life hard. Not many people understand having constant anxiety and to fear stepping out of your shell.
But being on all those meds really took a toll on me. I have a really hard time concentrating on things now. Even sitting down for a movie sometimes agitates me. I feel like my IQ has lowered and I honestly feel dumber. My brain was still developing and the pyschtrists didn’t take that into consideration. I do feel damaged from the chemicals they put in those meds. I can only do what I feel is best for me, and that’s not to take pysch meds.
I do take a pill If I have an extreme anxiety attack, but I don’t think I’d take every day meds any more.