So much talk about mental health is really just talk about about drugs.
- on meds v off meds
- meds as magical cure v meds are evil
- meds v drugs
…the real bipolar, eh?
- black or white
- Gin or Vodka
- coke or pepsi
- ford or chevy
- greeks or romans
- drugs or not drugs
I’m right, you’re wrong.
Alas! poor disordered masses..
to take the drugs or not to take drugs, that is the question…..
At least that’s the question as some would like it .
Yet, “mental illness”- or whatever you call it – is not really much about drugs at all.
It is about lives gotten stuck: complex messily human lives gotten stuck in a complex bloody mess that exhausts the ability and resources of a person to cope and find a way out of that tangled knot.
Drugs can help, put a hold on things, create a bit of space so you can get some things sorted, space so antsy people around you can get off your back for a while.
But let’s get some things straight…
They never did, never will. They can’t – because that chemical imbalance is a made-up idea that is actually inside your doc’s brain.
So, if your doc thinks his drugs will fix the chemical imbalance, good for them – have them take the drugs.
If your doc says you have a chemical imbalance, then call them on it: go all in, ask for the river card and ask…
- what is the correct balance of chemicals ?
- what test are you going to order to check?
Lets get something straight – that chemical imbalance is five star b-rated:
The fifth b?
- more bollocks.
Lets get some other things straight…
2. Pych meds do have an effect
Coffee has an effect , sugar has an effect, a glass of beer has an effect, a cigarette has an effect. Chemicals affect how we feel, think, behave etc. it’s dumb: dumb-ass-dumb to argue otherwise.
Now, some of that effect may be good – some may be less so. Some of that effect can really mess you up.
We have all put stuff in out bodies to make ourselves feel better – from blueberries, to chocolate to, well, you decide how far you go.
Taking meds is not a moral issue.
Not taking meds is not a moral issue.
Its a choice.
Lying to people about chemical imbalances so that they will take drugs is a moral issue.
So Doc, if you think lying to patients is the best way you can practice medicine then you really need to find a new career- try law or politics: you’ll do well.
3. People don’t hear voices because they don’t have enough pills rattling round inside em.
And I want the umbrella and sparkler.
4. Drugs can really mess you up
What you put in your body is your choice. Wherever you get your drugs, if you know more about what you’re choosing -what you’re putting in your body – then you’ll be better off.
5. Drugs might alleviate symptoms, but don’t cure and they can’t fix lives
Psyche means soul- psychiatry means soul-healing. If your soul were nothing more than chemical soup then drugs might do more than they actually can.
It can be useful to see psych drugs in the same way we see cold and flu drugs – they treat symptoms: suppress them, push them aside, maybe leave you a bit dopey. They don’t stop you getting flu in the first place, and they don’t stop you ever getting flu ever again.
Drugs can make you feel better – eg help you sleep, help you feel less bothered by stuff that bothers you – at least for a while.
They might also make you feel less about everything else too, and you may not like that.
You might find you need more and more of the drugs to get the same effect. If that happens with drugs from the guy on the corner its called a “drug dependency” – if it happens with the drugs from your doctor its called “medicine”.
You might find that taking the drugs puts you at greater risk for heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and guess what? serious mental illness. Added bonus: they can also shorten your life by 20 years.
You might decide you don’t want that but you’ll also need to decide what you are going to do. Take your time.
Drugs cannot fix whatever’s going on in your life that is making your life difficult, exhausting you and leaving you ill in the first place. Drugs can’t fix toxic relationships, a crap job, a bully boss, violence, the whole in your bank account or the one in your soul.
Only you can do that.
It takes time and you may need to learn some new skills and recruit help from good people, but you can.
- http://topdogtalks.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/pills-legal-or-illegal-they-still-fuck-you-up/#respond TopDogTalks.wordpress.com
- Generation RX: The Dangers of Psychiatric Medications And Altering Brain Chemistry (globalelite.tv)
- Long-Term Antipsychotics: Making Sense of the Evidence in the Light of the Dutch Follow-Up Study (madinamerica.com)