Monday, October 01, 2007

Do psychotropic drugs work?

Some say psychiatry is new scinece. Well, I wanna ask, is oncolgy older? Is endocrinology, cardiovascular surgery, or microbiology older? My grandfather didn't know what is a cell, nor the word biology really means, or that there can be a treatment for his difficulty in breathing. Yet, since 4000 B.C. and people knows that the poppy plant causes euphoria and used it as treatment for some psychological problems.
So it is accepted, since 4000 B.C. that something taken orally can change the mental state, while at this time, in the 21st century, some doctors still don't think that some well prepared chemicals in best research centres in the world today can have some effect on the psyche.

3 comments:

willbdone said...

On a little side note...I heard a while back about the use of ketamine to treat certain mental disorders. I was intrigued because it sounded surprisingly effective from the research I read. It is something veterinarians use rather inexpensively to sedate cats and dogs. It turns out ketamine is also a "street drug". So sadly some veterinary clinics have been targeted by criminals for their ketamine supplies.

Kind of interesting...

saminkie said...

i did not hear about that..i will search for information about that....thank you willbdone for your comment...

willbdone said...

I wanted to clarify something...I said Ketamine is used to sedate cats and dogs. What I meant to say was it is an anesthetic/analgesic (not sedative). Often times you will see it used in combination with a seditive to achieve optimal results.

But it is facinating to read the literature that shows its efficacy in treating treatment-resistant depression.