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do psychiatric medications lead to bad decisions all because of a change in feeling and personality? will the brain go back to its normal carefulstate

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Dr. Aaron Ament
Psychiatry 58 years experience
DIFFERENT: I prescribe meds to promote better decisions, not bad ones. 'careful' is fine if not overly careful and inhibited. Meds alone reduce or remove symptoms, but more definitive work is done with the addition of psychotherapy.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Dr. Ravi Chand commented
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Medications are designed to replenish what your brain is missing or having extra of. So they promote good decisions. I believe you are worried about side effects and some meds may not work as predicted and affect cognition
Aug 17, 2013
Dr. Aaron Ament
Dr. Aaron Ament commented
Psychiatry 58 years experience
Provided original answer
DR CHAND IS MOST PROBABLY CORRECT. SIDE EFFECTS ARE SELDOM TERRIBLE & USUALLY CAN BE REDUCED BY CHANGES IN DOSAGE OR DIFFERENT MEDS. TELL YOUR DR ABOUT THEM.
Aug 17, 2013
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Psych Medications: If you are being properly medicated by a qualified psychiatrists for good reasons you should not be prone to making bad decisions. These medications are part of a treatment plan that should include psychotherapy. My best.

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