Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Tuesday said that inappropriate prescribing of psychiatric drugs for mental health problems are causing serious harm to patients.
Raising concern, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that unnecessary use of psychiatric medications are putting patients at risk of serious adverse effects.
You go to a doctor with a sleeping issue or unhappiness; you will walk away with a prescription for psychiatric drugs.
While most of the mental health issues can be effectively treated by “psychotherapy”, doctors in Kashmir continue to dole out psychotropic drugs, the statement said.
“This is because most of the primary care doctors and non-psychiatrists are not aware of this non-drug treatment path,” Dr Nisar said adding “Even the psychiatrists, more often than not, rely solely on prescribing drugs to patients.”