Posted by linkadge on July 19, 2005, at 18:57:55
In reply to About my post..and Suicide..., posted by med_empowered on July 19, 2005, at 17:45:30
Just to counter. I think there is some good in psychiatry. For instance, there are fewer seizures these days thanks to anticonvulsants. But on the other side, epileptic patients treated with anticonvulsants are at a higher risk for depression, and suicide.
Psychiatry is amazed by "effect". They love being able to poke around in the brain and do all sorts of neet things. But the fact remains that you can do a lot of poking around without really getting anywhere. We poke around with such a shallow knowledge of what we're doing. We love the effect of being able to take a pill and feel better. It gives us as sence of controll. But that sence of controll might not be cost free.
I also think that psychiatry ignores the large picture. If you come in with insomnia, they think it is great that they can get you to sleep, but don't really notice that their drug also seems to reduce your daytime alertness. They dismiss the colaterall dammage left right and center.
I really like the term "brain disabling treatments". I don't like Breggin much, but I like that term. It is so true that oftentimes the theraputic effect occurs conncurrently with some sort of loss of mental function. You take the drug and after a lot of pushing and pulling you end up "getting by" but never really better. Just kind of a zombie, numb to the good things too.
Kind of like a chemical lobotomy. Sure you're not crying, and you're not sad, but come to think of it you're really not anything anymore.
I would not go so far as to say that psychiatry has been able to do nothing, but I totally agree with you when you say that they definately overestimate their abilities, and underestimate their dammage.
I was never suicidal before taking an AD, but it is so clear cut to me that there is a problem, because after stopping them I now feel suicidal. Why? Really I feel so suicidal because I have lost all my faculties, I still can't go 10 minautes without experiencing a brain zap or a terrable neck twisting sensation. I may have to live with this for the rest of my life.
I don't want a majic pill, I just want my orignial life back. I feel like Michael Jackson who, at the end of all his plastic sugery relizes, "What the hell have I done to myself!". I just wanted a little bit of a nicer nose, I've screwed up my entire face !! Its exactly like plastic surgery. Most people get into this because they want "a little work done" so to speak. But the silocone can explode folks, the silicone can explode.
Now, in order to avert the guilt I feel over ever getting myself into this mess, I continue to buy into the "theres something wrong with me".
At this stage of the game my best bet is to just let go, and stay deformed for fear of making it worse.