Friday, August 23, 2019

Comments by krisbl

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  • Thank you. Thank you!! Your article is so well written and shines a light on a huge problem in our medical system. Mental health diagnoses are often a diagnosis of exclusion and if practitioners aren’t aware of ALL possible medical diagnoses, it can be disasterous for the patient.

    Other overlooked diagnoses are POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia Syndrome) or Mast Cell Activation Disorder, both can hit young people fairly sudden and can look “psychiatric.” The immune systems interrelationship with brain function/mood/behavioral symptoms continues to be an area that needs further study and awareness. I think psychoneuroimmunology is a fascinating area of study and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if in the future we learn more about what other problems in the body can affect the brain. Lupus, Parkinson’s, anti-NMDA autoimmune encephalitis, Lyme disease, etc. can all have brain symptoms, including psychosis.

    Finding a good, functional medicine focused practitioner can be helpful. Unfortunately many doctors are too busy to keep up on everything.

  • Thank you for your diligent work on this very important topic!

    Antipsychotic medications are horrible for some people. I recently witnessed first-hand all the problems they can cause when someone close to me was prescribed an antipsychotic. I happen to be a clinical social worker and I could recognize the problems that the medications were causing vs. thinking the symptoms were any confirmation of any mental health problem. I can see how an untrained person may not be able to differentiate the two.

    Psychiatrists are so entrenched in their belief system that they can not see the obvious either. Sometimes you have to trust your gut instinct and go it alone. No one wants to have a transient problem turn into a chronic one because of medication over use.

    The problems with psychiatric medications are HUGE. Psychiatrists aren’t the only misinformed medical professionals. Primary care doctors are just as bad. They all want to write a quick prescription and move on to the next patient. No one seems interested in getting to the root of the problem and working on true healing which is much more complex than writing a prescription.

    Please, please keep up the good work. Change takes a LONG time, but lives are at stake. Anyone with a voice or a story needs to keep talking and educating anyone they come in contact with. Prescription medication over prescribing is a serious human rights issue and many people are still blindly trusting doctors and being harmed. Most doctors never mention the possible harms or any alternatives to medication.

  • Excellent article! It takes courage to stand up against the mental health industry.

    I always try to remember other people in history who stood up to injustices in our country and at the time were questioned but are now considered heros.

    I have been a clinical social worker for 25 years. Fortunately most of the time, I have worked in the medical field and did not need to label/diagnose people.

    I see a mental health industry that is heavily invested in protecting itself at the expense of doing what is right for other human beings. I also see a lot of primary care doctors influenced by drug companies and a desire for a quick fix misdiagnosising people all the time. I see the public buying in to the chemical cure myth through the heavy drug marketing and misinformation passed on by many physicians.

    I see a lot of arrogance in providers. I see providers unwilling to question the status quo and be open to new ideas.

    The public needs to remember that psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers do not need to have their own mental health evaluated before being able to be licensed as a provider. I have seen many questionably emotionally stable people working in the mental health industry.

    I am glad to find other like minded professionals who are seeking to help people in less harmful ways. As Peter Breggin warns, if you are going to question the current mental health system, make sure to have a back up job or self employment.

    I am so grateful for Mad in America and the way this website educates all of us about the risks of the current mental health paradigm.