Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Comments by MonkeyB

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  • I’m a phsych patient and not a phsych professional. I’ve been on and off (mostly off) medication for over 25 years. In 2020, I attempted suicide three times in three months. I was on medical leave from work for 7 months. During this period, I was enrolled in phsych educational classes with my insurance company the entire time… Prehospitalization for 6 weeks….. met my personal therapist twice a week….. and finally into a Residential program for six weeks where I lived and breathed mental health.

    I was medicated during my leave… heavily medicated for about three months… However, most (and possible all) therapists and phsychiatrists I met informed me that meds were only short term solutions. That we cannot think of medication for psych stuff in the same way we think of other meds like insulin. Meds exist to help interrupt the patterns so that we can work on healing ourselves during the interruption.

    It feels like this article assumes phsych meds are supposed to heal and, hey, look at all these studies to prove they do not heal. Yet, the psych professionals who helped me on my journey explicitly told me phsych meds are not for long term use and they do not exist to heal, but to interrupt.

    In the end, what truly helped me heal and move past my self hatred and desire to kill myself was the Residential treatment program. It was a combination of intense educational, processing, and group therapies that I believe worked for me. And, honestly, I feel the group aspect was most pivotal. Of course, it was my desire to get better that was the true key to my recovery. For me, it was like what an AA person describes as rock bottom. I had to die or get better. For months, the therapies and drugs failed me…. until the residential program. It took therapies for 7 hours a day, for six weeks before I finally found my hope and desire to live.

    It appears to me that psychology based residential treatments are rare and not the norm at all. I was the only resident not going through drug rehab at the same time… and some were court ordered. I’ve had a one-on-one therapist for almost half of my adult life (currently 53) and nothing came close to helping me like the intensive therapy from residential treatment. And CBT has been the most successful for me.

    I recognize that this article is not really intended for the lay person like me, but I’m here to tell you that I do believe meds work for the short term, if used along with intensive therapy.

    We simply need to shift our thinking away from phsych meds as a cure.