Sunday, August 25, 2019

Comments by truecelt

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  • Does it matter whether his suffering was physical or psychological? Either way, he couldn’t bear it. Mental torment is just as bad, if not worse, than physical pain. At least when your body is in pain, you still have control over your mind and you can distance yourself mentally from your body. But if your mind is in torment – the center of your thoughts, emotions, perceptions, etc., your whole universe is out of control and unbearable. Proverbs 18:14 comes to mind – “The human spirit will endure sickness; but a broken spirit—who can bear?” I’m not trying to trivialize physical pain in any way. I just don’t think anyone should trivialize mental suffering, which can be even worse. I’m a Christian and I’m not in favor of assisted suicide, which I feel is murder, but I wouldn’t dare tell anyone who is suffering profoundly, whether physically or mentally, that they should not be allowed to escape their pain and that they should be forced to bear it indefinitely. I don’t think the issue here is whether Adam’s pain was physical or psychological. I think it is really about having agency over one’s own life – and that should apply to everyone, whether physically ill or “mentally ill”. Mental distress is no less real or legitimate than physical pain. Every person must decide for himself/herself what level of suffering can be tolerated. Ultimately, it is between the individual and God. No one should take that basic human right away from anyone for any reason.

  • Sorry, but it does. It caused it in me and other people I know. Why would you think LSD is different from any other psychotropic drug, like anti-psychotics or anti-depressants? They cause brain damage. All psychotropic drugs can cause brain damage. They alter the normal levels of neurotransmitters, an effect that can be permanent, and they can permanently alter and even destroy receptors in the brain, as any other psychotropic drug can. LSD is not “special”. It is just another psychotropic drug, just like prescription psychiatric drugs. The belief that LSD is “magical” and harmless is the real urban legend.

  • What hypocrisy from Mad In America to post this! Prescription psychiatric drugs are bad, but illegal ones are good? LSD is an extremely dangerous drug that has side effects just as severe as prescription psychiatric drugs and is just as capable of causing brain damage. Why would anyone think it would be beneficial for people to take it – just because it is illegal and not controlled by Big Pharma? That makes it harmless, and even good to use? How is LSD or any other illegal mind-altering drug any different in its effects on the brain than prescription psychiatric drugs? I think sometimes people find illegal drugs appealing just because they are forbidden. They want to believe forbidden drugs are wonderful, magical substances that mainstream medicine rejects because the “system” is evil and only allows evil drugs to be prescribed, while banning good drugs. I blame the generation of the sixties with their love of mind-altering drugs and their hatred of the “establishment”. They embraced whatever the establishment hated, including dangerous illegal drugs. Society has been screwed up ever since.
    I know from experience the harm LSD can do to a person. I was given LSD when I was 10 years old and it ruined my life. It made me “mentally ill” and damaged my brain. Thirty-five years later, I still have PTSD, hallucinogen persisting perception disorder, visual snow, other serious neurological problems, and severe mental distress and confusion from the experience. The man who gave it to me had been a straight A student and responsible person, until he drank punch at a college party that had LSD in it. It warped his mind and changed his whole personality. After that experience, he became abusive and wild and a drug addict, abusing multiple drugs. He beat his son and gave his son LSD repeatedly from the time he was a baby. After he kidnapped my friend and I when we were 10 and gave us LSD, he then spent the day raping us. Afterward, he jumped in front of a train.
    I also had a friend years ago who took it as an adult. She decided to try a small dose, just once, out of curiosity. She is now a mental train wreck who can see “demons”, and her doctor says she’ll be hallucinating for the rest of her life. It is not a harmless or beneficial drug. It screws up the brain, causing a chemical imbalance in serotonin and dopamine, and confuses the mind. That confusion is not “enlightenment”. It is insanity. And the effects it has on the brain, mind, and personality are often permanent. And they do not make us better people, just mentally screwed up people.
    Any drug that causes chemical imbalances in the brain is bad, whether prescription or illegal.

  • Thank you for posting this article. I have had CFS for over 23 years. It is not a mental disorder. It is a real physical illness. Many people seem to get it after having had a viral infection that leaves lasting neurological damage. Mine was caused by central nervous system damage from a very severe bad reaction to a psychiatric drug. Before I got it, I was into bodybuilding, bicycling, and riding horses, exercising heavily almost every day. Now I am physically disabled and can’t exercise at all. Any exercise makes my condition unbearably worse in the short-term, and may cause a severe relapse lasting many years (I know this from experience). I have to be very careful how much I exert myself. If I push myself too hard, I may end up bedridden again. The only thing that helps is sleep and total bed-rest. CBT and GET are very harmful for people who have CFS and are based on the false premise that CFS is psychological and that the physical symptoms are a result of deconditioning. CBT tries to get you to think more positively about your illness. I am not depressed. I am a positive person. Most people with this illness are very optimistic. But having this illness is very depressing. It robs you of a normal life. I want very badly to be able to exercise again and have a normal life, but I physically can’t, any more than a paralyzed person can get up and walk. GET is very bad for CFS. Not only does exercise do more harm, but attempting to do it on a regular basis is disastrous for people with this illness. It does serious long-term damage. A lot of us with severe CFS pushed ourselves too hard when we first got sick when we should have been resting, and we only made it worse. I know when people hear the term Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, they think we are just tired and need to be more active. CFS is not normal tiredness. I’ve been tired. I know the difference. This is like an ongoing extreme overexertion combined with sleep deprivation that is so bad, you physically can’t endure any more. Medical science may not understand yet how it works, but it is a real neurological condition. It is not psychological and does not respond to psychological therapies or exercise therapies.

  • The same thing happened to me. I was given anti-psychotics for anxiety when I was 17 years old. I am now 43 and still can’t get off them. Every time I try to get off them, I feel like I’m on speed and become severely psychotic. Then I end up hospitalized and the doctors force me to get back on them. They see the withdrawal as proof that I need them. I was never psychotic in my life until I had been on them for a few years and tried to stop them. I’m afraid I’m going to be on them for the rest of my life. They made me mentally ill. I was never mentally ill until I took them. I was just a troubled teenager who needed someone to talk to. I never should have been prescribed anti psychotics.

  • Hi Sera,
    Thank you for your reply. I agree with you that the mentally ill shouldn’t be used as scapegoats in society and society’s problems certainly shouldn’t be blamed on mental illness. And mental illness is indeed complicated. Those two times I described when I was profoundly psychotic happened within months of stopping my anti-psychotic meds. I was in a frenzy of mania and was capable of anything, and I had no control over my mind or what I was doing. I am normally a very peaceful person who wouldn’t even step on a ant. Psychosis makes you into a completely different person. I am too scared now to ever try to stop taking my meds again!

  • I agree with you that the Orlando shooter did not commit that violent act because he was mentally ill, but I disagree with your opinion that mental illness can’t make a person commit violent acts. I myself have been violently psychotic, and I can tell you that when I was delusional, paranoid, and hearing voices, I could not think rationally in order to not obey the psychotic ideas. It’s like being in a dream. I didn’t know it wasn’t real and I had no control over what was happening. I stabbed myself in the chest and swallowed bottles of pills because I thought God was telling me to do it to escape Hell and if I didn’t I would be damned forever. It wasn’t just a belief or idea that I could choose to dismiss; I really “saw” these things happening. I thought I saw the Apocalypse happen, and the world had descended into the Abyss and the people in it were actually demons and they were coming after me. Another time, I almost stabbed my father and brother with scissors because I was convinced that they were part of a satanic organization and they were going to grab me and take me down to the basement and sacrifice me to the devil. I was trying to defend myself. I thought I was an angel and they were going to breed me to make demon babies. I again thought I saw the Apocalypse happening. And I was going to get a sword to fight the shadow demons living on my roof. I was taken by the police to the hospital. I thought all the people in the hospital were part of the satanic organization that was after me to kill me. I thought they were pretending to be a hospital and were actually going to crucify me. I thought they put a microchip in my brain to track my thoughts and control me. It was terrifying beyond description! Again, I was 100% convinced these things were real and I couldn’t think rationally enough to distinguish between reality and psychosis. My point is that psychosis can take over your mind and make you commit violent acts. You can’t resist the impulses to act if you can’t think rationally. In those cases, anti-psychotics saved my life! When I was put on anti-psychotics (against my will), those delusions vanished!