While there are significantly more resources available for people who suffer with mental illnesses such as personality disorders, there is still a certain socially constructed stigma against them. A lot of people still use “depressed” or “bipolar” as if they were adjectives and not serious, psychological issues. Due to the stigma, some sufferers are still reluctant to seek help and take medication. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 350 Million people suffer from depression.
There is, unfortunately, more reason to fear medication aimed to help people who suffer from psychological issues such as personality disorders and that is the fact that there are some drugs or pharmaceuticals in the market that are defective and can cause more harm as side effects.
Take, for example, the examples highlighted through this website: www.williamskherkher.com/practice-areas/defective-pharmaceuticals/depakote-lawsuit/ that has documented claims against the harmful effects of a drug called Depakote that is meant to treat seizures and manic episodes for people with bipolar personality disorder (BPD). Those who suffer from BPD are prone to suffer manic episodes that range from two or more emotional extremes, which can be dangerous for them as well as the people around them. People who suffer from BPD are also prone to panic attacks as well as depressive relapses so severe that it could lead to suicidal thoughts and actions.
According to the website of Williams Kherkher, there have been claims that have said that their taking Depakote is what caused for them to suddenly have malformations on their face or skull or cardiovascular system or have developed brain defects due to the drug. Suffering from disorders such as this can be a difficult, personal battle and it is so much harder to deal with when the tools that are available can cause pain like this.
That is why it is always important to do sufficient research before consuming medication.