Psychotherapy Services in South West London

Sport and Psychiatric Drugs

One of the most challenging problem for mental health users is dealing with psychiatric drugs. Using any kind of drug for any kind of reason will inevitably bring with it the need to decide when, if ever, to stop taking the drug in question. Unfortunately many of those professionals who adhere to the medical model err on the side of caution and prefer people to carry on taking drugs for a long time. It is interesting to think about the using of drugs in enhancing one’s performance in sport. Although nobody may condone this practice, sport people who use drugs don’t see themselves as medicalised or ill because they take drugs. Instead, they see it as a relatively small part of a strategy for solving the problem of enhancing performance. If we think about madness or distress as part of the universal human condition and something that can happen to any of us and none of us can know when we are going to be at time of distress, drugs should be seen as a tool for helping us to get back to a place where we are less distressed rather than as something we need to take to attack the madness in our minds. We could start thinking about drugs in a similar fashion to sport: a strategy for solving the problem of enhancing performance.

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