The constant ups and downs of owning and operating a business can often cause you to feel as if your mood is experiencing ups and downs as well. Everything can seem fine, but yet you may feel depressed or agitated and can't put your finger on why. Your mood or thoughts become so noticeably different that even you realize that you may need some help. But your greatest fear may be that what is going on in your head will require medication.

According to researchers believe that the symptoms of mental illness come from chemical imbalances in a person's brain. A medication works on these imbalances to reduce symptoms, or sometimes, to relieve them completely. The majority of people receive prescriptions from their general practitioner, but I highly recommend a psychiatrist who can monitor your progress. It has been shown that more than half of antidepressants given in a primary care setting are not given at the appropriate dosage, are not monitored carefully, and do not result in ongoing treatment or resolution of the patient's emotional symptoms.

When speaking with a health care provider, learn as much as you can about the prescribed medication and alternative medications to make an informed choice on what will work best for you. Then realize that no medication is a cure. Medications merely treat symptoms, so once you stop those symptoms may return. You really have to be an advocate for yourself when considering medication. This is accomplished by asking candid questions and researching information about a particular drug.

The problem that seems to plague a lot of people is that they stop taking their meds before any real progress occurs or just as they begin to feel better. People often stop for the following the reasons, which can be more harmful than never having taken the medication at all. Four reasons why people are likely to stop taking their meds:

The Darn Side Effects

The side effects of many medications can seem more detrimental than the illness. There can be significant weight gain to more severe side effects such as dizziness, headaches, vomiting, and other physical ailments. This doesn't mean that you should avoid any medicine; it simply suggests that you should confer with your physician to find the right medication and the right dosage for you.

The Way They Make You Feel

Often people complain that they simply don't like how medications make them feel. Some medications can cause you to have a zombie-like feeling; a dulling and deadening response. But, what some will admit is that they miss the high that they have with some mental health conditions. Medication will stabilize and cause a normality, which seems to take the edge off of some people's game. There are so many medications on the market that it simply means working with a psychiatrist to receive the right one.

What It Says About You

Then there is the stigma associated with having a mental illness. Let's face it. If you are taking medications then there is an illness, and no one wants to be associated with an illness. Then there are people who feel better once they begin their medication and believe that they are all better even though it is the medication causing the sense of renewed good health. This gives the perception that medication is no longer needed. Lastly, some people make a conscious decision to weather the storm without any medication. They believe that they can ride out the depression, which doesn't often work very well.

Lack of Trust in Medication

Some people hate taking an over-the-counter pill for a headache, let alone a mind-altering drug. Some people simply don't trust medications and what they are made from. But there are natural supplements that have been able to give some people some measure of relief.

It's not uncommon for people to self-medicate when they don't feel up to par. But, that only exacerbates the problem. There are various reasons for not taking medication when needed, and there are a variety of reasons why people start and stop. However, it is a choice of whether you will treat what ails you by considering medication or weathering the storm without an umbrella.