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Rose, this article could easily be about myself, give or take a few details of course. Thank you for having the courage to tell your story. The world needs to hear it. For the sake of those who have iatrogenic injury, for the prescribers and healthcare givers, and of course for the sake of altering our societal paradigm surrounding psychiatric drugs. I am in tears for our suffering and for the invaluable reminder that I am not alone. Seven years and I’m so much better, but I still have to revolve my life around my injury. Having to do this delicate dance is made all the more difficult by being misunderstood and unable to explain myself to others. I deeply admire your accomplishments all the more understanding first hand what it is like. I too am a writer, a hobbyist guitar player, and, when I felt better, a closeted singer. I’m also a documentary filmmaker and will be keeping this story on my radar for the future. Thank you again for sharing. My heart breaks that you had to have this experience, but selfishly it soothes my soul to know I am not alone.
It is such a fine line. Language completely dictates understanding and needs to be respected as such. Terminology such as these diagnostic labels have a medical and scientific meaning attached to them in our society. Using them without clarification as to their true background is to reinforce the miseducation and misinformation plaguing the general population’s understanding
It seems to me if there are articles on MIA discrediting the diagnostic tradition as being unscientific and frankly false, then the rest of the site should align with the same understanding. I believe a stand needs to be taken in one direction or the other. Being that this publication tends to take a de-stigmatizing stance about “mental illness,” I think MIA owes it to their readers to: 1. be more transparent. 2. continue to crack the stigma instead of reinforce it.
Personally I believe that the term “mental illness” itself needs to be extinguished and replaced. Categorizing people as “mentally ill” is incredibly harmful and misleading in every respect. The implications are false. The only way to truly change perception is to take back the language. We must change the terminology into something less misleading, less stigmatizing, less reinforcing of misconception, and more indicative of its actual meaning.
Thank you to Bob Whitaker for being so transparent as to include this article and open up this vital discussion.
Yes, that is almost what it felt like.
I was completely unsurprised when I found out my psychiatrist was receiving a stipend from the very drugs he prescribed me.
When I went into full bedridden withdrawal with the worst unimaginable symptoms, he refused to answer my calls and had his secretary tell me to take a Benedryl.
When I was anxious, he spoke to me for about 15 minutes before eagerly picking up his pen. It was simple and no reason why I shouldn’t be on antidepressants. Then when I really needed his support, he completely disappeared and refused to acknowledge my situation.
How do we get psychiatrists to acknowledge the risks and to not bury their heads in the sand when their patients show signs of severe adverse effects!?
Every other doctor I saw said my withdrawal was a clear sign I needed to be medicated. They made me feel insane! I am 4 years drug free and I’m finally reaching the tail end of my withdrawal. I’m so glad I’ve held out and am now proving them all wrong.