Saturday, December 3, 2022

Personal Stories

People with “lived experience” tell of their interactions with psychiatry and how it impacted their lives, and of their own paths to recovery.

Still Looking For Answers

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What is happening in my body? And has being on medication caused long-term side effects or damage? I’ll forever be searching for answers; I want to feel “normal” again and live a life of enjoyment vs fear and anxiety.
ECT

Negatively Charged: ECT and the Truth I Could Never Forget

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I live with the changes every day, even now, four years later. It often feels as though the shocks have rendered me one-handed, only ever capable of dealing with one thing at a time.

Inadequately Trained Therapists Pose a Risk to Childhood Trauma Survivors

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Mental health professionals must be trained in the dynamics of addiction and abuse if they are to help survivors of childhood trauma.

A Troubled Teen With a Pocket Full of Lithium and Nowhere to Go

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Despite the full awareness of Congress and hundreds of deaths in these facilities, little has been done to enact standards in private pay facilities that house troubled teens.

Healing From Transgenerational Trauma: My Mum, My Daughter, & Me

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Emotional trauma is the type of wound that, if not processed and integrated, can become a void that expands to swallow not just the traumatized person but also their children and grandchildren.

Dear Psychiatry

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Dear Psychiatry: We are done with your juvenile black-and-white bullying tactics that argue that because you cannot neatly contain Us in a box of your design that We are somehow the problem.
marijuana psychosis

Mania or Marijuana?

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Is marijuana to blame for my mental health issues? Strange things started happening in my mind once I started using the medical-grade weed.
therapist couch

A Moment to Reflect

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Within my heart, something feels like it’s been stolen. But they tell me it’s all in my brain, a tripped-up neurocircuitry, a misguided chemical.

“Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Fine”

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I was prescribed a “baby dose” of diazepam for pain management. Over the following months, everything got progressively worse.

Systematic Failure

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This is the story of a life in turmoil, my failings and those of the systems meant to help such persons.

Madness to Miracles

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I lost 20 years of my life and everyone and everything I held dear, including myself, due to psychiatric medicine. Why did doctors not see how drastically I changed and how rapid and brutal my descent was?

I Had No Idea That Gabapentin Could Do This…

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I am now a few months off of Gabapentin, and my withdrawal problems have not passed. I still deal daily with internal tremors throughout my head and back.

Mad Parenting: On Becoming an Unlikely Family Man

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I’ve often been told I shouldn’t have kids because I’m “bipolar.” But since my twins’ birth, I’ve been way more stable than I thought I would be, and I’ve found what I’ve always been looking for.
withdrawal

If We Knew What We Know Now

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I never questioned the adults around me or wondered if the medications were necessary. Of course they were necessary. A doctor said so.
against DBT

Trauma Survivors Speak Out Against Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

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Despite the majority of the individuals being sent to DBT having histories of severe childhood trauma, little about DBT treatment is “trauma-informed.”
medication side effects

How the Internet Helped Save My Mental Health

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My experience has shown me that if you have enough pain in your life, you will look anywhere for the truth, even if this truth goes against what the medical system is telling you.
psychiatric hospital

The One That Was Away

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I had read about such places in The Bell Jar, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. For more than a year, this place was my home.
antidepressants failure

Nothing At All: How Antidepressants Failed Me

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If “nothing at all” sums up my best experience with antidepressants, it also represents the averaged efforts of the psychiatrists who prescribed them.
mdma

Psychedelic Therapy Will Not Save Us

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For women survivors of sexual or physical trauma, MDMA should be used judiciously. Or maybe it shouldn’t be used at all.
suicidal mind

Inside My Suicidal Mind

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I need somebody who will push through that thick cotton wool ball with me until that moment when we can toss it away altogether. Someone who really tries to look at this world through the lens of my life, not theirs.

Made “Mad” in America

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It will take me over three years to remove all this medication from my body, and countless months to recover from the harmful effects these drugs had on my mind.

Called by God: Dealing With Depression and Psychosis

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God supported me during my psychosis. I was afraid that I would lose God when I took antipsychotics again. That had happened after my first forced medication.

My Substance Intoxication Was Misdiagnosed as Psychiatric

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I thought it’d be a good idea to just triple the daily dose of St. John’s wort — surely a plant-based, prescription-free pill couldn’t be dangerous? I was wrong.
abused child

The Abused Children to Bipolar Pipeline

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The mental health system traumatized me further. They were allies with my abusers to cover up and continue my abuse.

Eugenics, Lobotomy, Risperidone: “Science” Gone Awry

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The worst thing about psychiatry is how it convinces your family to do things that they think are correct, which ultimately gets them to participate in harming you.

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