Psychiatric Rx Use Skyrockets; HEALTH ATLAST Offers Solutions Which Avoid Unnecessary Medication

Unnecessary psychiatric prescription drug use continues to rise among Americans of all ages and demographics. HEALTH ATLAST, the nation's premier integrated healthcare franchise, offers a different solution that offers help to patients while avoiding the use of unnecessary or too many prescriptions.

LOS ANGELES, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- According to the latest data, Americans are consuming psychiatric medications at a rate higher than ever before: nearly 90,000 U.S. adults visit the emergency room yearly suffering from the side effects of prescription psychiatric medications.(1) As an alternative to unnecessary medication, HEALTH ATLAST, an integrated healthcare franchise, encourages healthcare providers and patients to focus on other proven forms of therapy.

With the rising epidemic of substance abuse, the over-prescription of psychiatric medications is not limited to just one age group or demographic population. Older adults are frequent consumers of these types of medications, with a full 25% of people aged 60–85 taking at least one psychiatric drug each day.(1) Women tend to use these types of drugs more than men—21% of women report using at least one psychiatric medication.(2) Statistics from trials of the most commonly used anti-depressants found that the risk of suicide doubled, along with documented aggressive behavior in patients under 18. With some anti-depressants known to cause suicidal thoughts and tendencies, pharmaceutical companies were accused of failing to disclose certain side effects and deaths which were related to these dangerous drugs.(3)

One of the most prescribed medications is Adderall, a central nervous system stimulant frequently given to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.(4) In 2012, almost 16 million Adderall prescriptions were written for adults aged 20 to 39.(5) Due to some of the side effects associated with Adderall—which include anxiety, nervousness, restlessness and insomnia—many college campuses across the nation are grappling with problems caused by increased rates of illicit Adderall use. Adderall is one of the most illegally taken drugs available today, and during the period from 2006–2011, non-prescribed Adderall use among young adults rose by a staggering 67%.(6)

Stephanie Higashi, CEO and founder of HEALTH ATLAST, says, "It's alarming how many people are taking prescription psychiatric medications each day, and how many of those same people are on multiple medications at the same time. In the case of Adderall, it's already a drug that has a high potential for abuse, and we don't yet know what the long-term effects of taking this and other psychiatric medications are."

Instead of continuing to prescribe unnecessary medications, alternative forms of treatment that pose no dangerous side effects to the patient can be explored. Certain lifestyle changes have already been proven to have tremendous mental health benefits for people of all ages. Many studies, for example, have found how important good nutrition is to a person's memory, alertness and mood.(7) Anxiety is thought to be connected with a low antioxidant state; a 2010 study reviewed the antioxidant content of 3,100 foods, spices, herbs, beverages and supplements that include certain beans, fruits, nuts and vegetables.(8)

Some studies have shown chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy to alleviate pain and improve function, as well as showing a 56-57 percent reduction in opioid use where chiropractic care has been used to treat patients.(9,10)

HEALTH ATLAST employ experts from a variety of fields, including conventional allopathic medicine, chiropractic, nutrition, vitamins, supplements and acupuncture, to help patients find physical and mental health treatment solutions that are effective while not requiring the use of prescription medications. Since lifestyle changes have already been proven to provide long-term health benefits, HEALTH ATLAST believes that encouraging these types of treatments and therapies is extremely beneficial for long term health and prevention for  many patients, with life-saving medications used as needed, in improving one's health.

Higashi says, "Each HEALTH ATLAST franchise is focused on arming patients with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their own health, and using the best modalities of medicine and treatment available for the long-term health of our patients."


HEALTH ATLAST was founded to bring medical, chiropractic, acupuncture and massage care models together into one convenient, all-encompassing healthcare practice. Rather than referring patients to other healthcare providers, HEALTH ATLAST brings professionals from multiple disciplines together under one roof to provide comprehensive, best focused care to each patient.

At each HEALTH ATLAST franchise location, patients have access to knowledgeable, experienced health care providers, including medical doctors, doctors of chiropractic, physiotherapists, acupuncturists and massage therapists. Once a firm medical diagnosis is made, each patient is treated with the goal of successful rehabilitation and healing while avoiding unnecessary medications or surgeries as much as possible. Successful doctors of chiropractic, medical doctors, doctors of osteopathic medicine, wellness professionals, and philanthropic investors looking to expand and improve the health of others are all candidates for being a great HEALTH ATLAST franchise owner. To learn more about HEALTH ATLAST, please visit

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