Posted by Willful on May 9, 2012, at 17:32:47
In reply to Re: Is the world finally waking up...., posted by poser938 on May 9, 2012, at 16:00:06
My point really wasn't that no one can be harmed by psych meds. Individuals have allergic reactions to things; there are rare or anomalous reactions. I'm not suggesting that no one, under any circumstance, can suffer harm. If a substance like water can harm people, obviously anything can. But water generally doesn't harm people. It's not a toxic substance.
I could go into all sorts of contortions about the ways in which taking meds can cause problems. That's not the point. You can be prescribed drugs that make you feel mentally or physically bad, and need to stop them. I certainly had that reaction to prozac. It was very obvious to me that I couldn't think straight and felt mentally unable to focus. But this wasn't damage and wasn't permanent.
I asked my pdoc extensively about reversibility of drugs' effects on the nervous system. He was very firm about the evidence so far. He's highly respected in the field-- and his caring and commitment is unquestionable.
I just think it's too easy to get caught up in despair about your own condition-- and to think that now, it's hopeless-- when it isn't. Maybe these drugs do harm large numbers of people, or almost anyone who takes them, permanently, as some of us seem to think. It's not beyond conception, but there's no suggestion of that now. So to be convinced of it at the moment seems to me to be the result of fears about being harmed by external forces or things-- and to be so afraid that the fear becomes a belief-- as a form of imagined self-protection against further vulnerability.
We all have these feelings-- of course. My point really is that we don't need to make fear more than they it, or to act on it.. It's better to try to remind people that they're probably not damaged-- because, with some exceptions-- and I'm not suggesting that any specific person here is or isn't-- there's no reason to believe that it's true.