Saturday, April 4, 2020

Comments by BritW88

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  • Robert, I only pushed, because he pushed me. I have had no issues with anyone else here, despite not having an identical viewpoint. I don’t appreciate someone attacking me personally. I have no trouble reading between the lines at all with his post to know that that was what he was doing.

    Anyway, maybe I can take some of the blame – maybe I haven’t been clear enough thus far. But as I have stated, I agree with others and believe like they do that it is wrong to put someone on prescribed meds because they have been abused, lost their job and/or home, went though a nasty breakup/divorce. If someone is depressed, upset, distraught because of external forces such as those, they are NOT ill or with disorder. Those are natural things for folks to feel that way over. And I think any prescribing doctor that does is in the wrong. Yes, there are bad doctors out there, inattentive to patients, lazy, no real sense of empathy. It’s horrible that many here have had those kinds of experiences.

    But what i’m saying there are those of us out there (myself included) that have uncontrollable mood-swings, depression, hallucinatory episodes, what have you – that don’t come from any identifiable external sources such as the above. They’re not easy at all to pin-point, and often can lead to over or incorrect diagnoses. Maybe it’s genetic, maybe it’s chemical, or perhaps it stems from something else entirely. The field of psychiatry is not perfect nor infallible. I have never claimed otherwise in my posts.

    As for the prescribed meds, I can tell you from my personal experience that they do help me manage a bit better than if I were taking absolutely nothing. I have actively questioned my own meds at times, and have even gone off them experimentally to see if they were making any real difference. So it’s not like I’m an addict that couldn’t quite them or anything like that, or as Bradford probably pictures me “a junkie cult member”. I do think (not a brain-washed drone), and I do apply skepticism to both sides of this issue.

    As it stands, I do firmly believe that there are such things as mental illnesses and mood disorders. As someone with one, it sounded a lot like Bradford was being insensitive, and regressive-thinking as far as mental health issues go versus progressive. He was essentially telling me to “snap out of it”, which is not okay. Hence why I get upset with him.

  • You know I didn’t really have any plans to stick around here, except as a sufferer of so-called “fake illnesses” to drop off my internet two cents and leave. I found this article via the Yahoo front page, and read it because the topic is something very close to home for me. I most certainly did not come here to start a flame war or stir-the-pot, despite having the minority view.

    While I may not agree 100% with the comments so far, I at least appreciate that the other contributors to the discussion have been understanding enough to someone in need. So to those, thank you. As for the person telling me to “go take a walk” or that I actually GAIN something from my suffering? First off, THAT’s complete bullshit. Tell me, what DO I gain from this? Second, oh how I wish simply taking a walk, taking up macaroni art, or crossword puzzles would instantly “cure me of my “pseudo-illness”. I can though, however, say with honesty it is better than doing absolutely nada. Still, it’s not that simple, my friend.

    Third, completely overlooking the ass-backwards philosophy that used to leave people such as myself with 0 help of any kind – and often taking their own lives (and in some cases, the lives of others even), I am most definitely not brain-washed. No one forced, coaxed, or managed to convince me to take the medication. I can make informed decisions on my own, and am neither an idiot nor an infant, thank you very much.

    But you know, I can sit here all day arguing and/or trading blows with you, but what would that accomplish? Instead, I say this. God forbid you do become seriously ill – whether mental or physical, that you have a wide network of loved ones, friends, family, careworkers, etc for support in your darkest hours and times of need. And hopefully they don’t go about “spitting” on you for your illness, and attacking your intelligence and basic common sense while they’re at it. If it already has happened, then my heart goes out to you. Truly, it does.

  • I somewhat agree with the above commenters on the whole “quick fix” thing for people hitting a rough patch in their lives. External causes such as neglect, abuse, poverty while they cause suffering – are things that prescription medication isn’t entirely right for. In those kinds of cases, you need non-drug therapy and counseling. HOWEVER, note that not everyone taking antidepressants, anti-psychotics, lithium for bipolar disorder, etc have been victims of physical or emotional trauma. While having a counselor or someone to talk to does help in most situations, there are plenty of legit cases where it is a chemical imbalance or something with a genetic or physiological component. I myself have long been a sufferer of depression, been clinically diagnosed for well over a decade now, and am taking medication to manage it. And I have NEVER in my life been brutally victimized in a fashion to cause trauma – ie beaten, sexually abused, raped, neglected, or living in extreme poverty conditions.

    And yet, I can hardly function in life without my meds. I will tell you right now, even still they aren’t “magical” and cure things 100%, but they definitely help for those that really need them. And I think it’s very insensitive to go around completely denying someone that has depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, etc – and god forbid telling a sufferer to “snap out of it” or something to that effect. Anyway, there are still plenty of people out there whose psychiatric condition doesn’t stem from external stress or abuse, and it is as much a disease for them as cancer or auto-immune disease is for others. I’m not trying to pick fights here, so much as saying be a little mindful, and realize that not everyone taking these drugs is on them because they “had a bum day at work”.

    But regardless, whether it is something “chemical” or because of abuse/neglect/stress, these people need our help, understanding, and love. Some may be able to heal, but others need the support to manage their conditions in the long-term – which may or may not involve prescription drugs.