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Re: Scott (pretty long post) poser938

Posted by SLS on February 16, 2014, at 9:18:07

In reply to Re: Scott (pretty long post), posted by poser938 on February 13, 2014, at 11:39:31

Poser,

I refuse to condemn all of psychiatry. I have seen too many people have their depression vanish and allow them to be reborn into the world of the living. I have seen too many people have their psychotic mania extinguished. I have seen too many people relieved of their schizoid thought disorganization and paranoia. I have seen too many people with ADD regain their cognitive ability to focus and return to a life of achievement. I have seen too many people with OCD become able to exit the bathroom and go to work by suppressing compulsive hand-washing. I have seen too many people become employable by removing their paralyzing anxiety.

Clearly, some people experience negative reactions to psychotropic drugs, some of which persist beyond the discontinuation of the offending drug. I don't think psychiatry has yet fully explored nor appreciated the scope, severity, and persistence of adverse psychiatric side effects of psychotropic medications. It took quite awhile for psychiatry to recognize and accept the observation that antidepressants can actually exacerbate depression.

What are some of the side effects of those drugs used to treat cancer? They are not minor. Why are the standards of acceptability of side effects so different between cancer and psychiatric illnesses?

Some people are unwilling to wait until age 92 for the perfect treatments for mental illness to come along. I decided to begin treatment at age 22 while I still had my whole life ahead of me. Were it not for the error in judgment of several doctors, I would probably have remained well beginning at age 27. Now THAT is a bitter pill to swallow.


- Scott


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I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

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