Monday, February 18, 2019

Comments by GGGreen

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  • William Dowling, thank you. I concur and embarked on my rejection of religion and psychiatry the year prior to when I began weaning myself off of the antidepressant I had been on for two decades. That was five years ago and I’ve been off that medication and religion and psychiatry for four years now. I’ve never felt better or more lucid or free.

  • Over the years I’ve read widely about orthodox religions and psychiatry because I’ve suffered abuse from both. Though I find this article interesting as a former student of Russian language and literature and history what I find most disturbing about orthodoxy and psychiatry is that they’re both based on belief but are always seeking to be proven by science. I found my freedom from orthodox religion and psychiatry once I began to explore atheist thought. Atheism has liberated me from the false restraints that both religion and psychiatry attempt to impose on intellectual thought. I find the union of the two to be quite disturbing.

  • J.A. Carter Winward, your performance piece in your video is brilliant and remarkable on so many levels! Brava! You nailed it. I haven’t developed akathisia but it definitely sounds like hell on earth. I agree with a few of the other commentators that it’s criminal that prescribing doctors are not held to professional and legal accountability for not providing warnings to their patients. I was on an SSRI for twenty years and weaned off it three and a half years ago, thankfully. That was very rough but so worth it. I also was never given any warnings about how difficult it really would be to discontinue them. My doctors always told me they were harmless and non addictive and that I’d probably have to take them for life. I proved them wrong. I’m just so sorry you and so many others developed these horrible painful iatrogenic symptoms. Thank you for speaking out and for making such a powerful presentation in your video.

  • I’ve always found ECT to be barbaric. What is especially concerning to me is how it’s being touted as a “new” type of ECT these days, and that it’s not as “invasive” as it was in earlier decades…I am very concerned for an acquaintance of mine in her thirties who has begun ECT recently because antidepressants were not helping her depression. She is like a cheerleader for ECT and I have to say I am deeply disturbed by her cheerleading. She is very successful in her work and attributes that to ECT…I am actually quite worried for her future and wellbeing…Anyway, I am very glad you are continuing to raise awareness about the dangers of ECT. Thank you for that.

  • I have suffered from depression my whole life but I always, always, always feel better when I run. Running does take an effort and it takes awhile to build up time and distance but there are immediate results. There is an app for cell phones that talks you through a beginning running program, it’s the C25K program and it’s free. It’s a walk/run program that anyone can do. Anyone. I quit taking antidepressants several years ago and running has helped me immensely. No therapist ever even suggested running to me. I also know how many people are resistant to the suggestion to exercise when they’re depressed because when you’re depressed you don’t feel like making an effort to do anything, but I’ve found that making an effort to do something healthy always helps me move through my depressive episodes. The Nike slogan “Just Do It” pertains.

  • Thank you so very much for your article here. It is so validating for me. I’m a 63 year old survivor who suffered repeated traumatic events of every kind as a child, events that were never discussed with me in my alcoholic family. Naturally I became an addict and alcoholic myself in my teen years and continued drinking and drugging till I was 32 when I sobered up in AA. Though I recalled the family violence all my life I failed to recall being raped at age five and other molestations until I was six years sober at age 38. Luckily I read Courage to Heal as well as Judith Herman’s book Trauma and Recovery twice and I was able to access my earlier buried traumas. I began talking about them in AA which helped me immeasurably.

    The thing was, though, I had gone to see “therapists” numerous times before and after sobering up and over the years since but I constantly ran into walls with them because of the DSM and my “diagnoses” and the therapists’ unwillingness to even listen to me speak about my traumas. The final straw for me came when I was enrolled in a university study on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. I am a very educated woman who reads and studies everything so I read loads about DBT and PET outside of the study so I was very informed. The therapist who was assigned to me in the study systematically refused to allow me to tell her anything about the traumatic events I survived. When I questioned her about why she refused she said that DBT and PET don’t work that way, that they only work “in the moment” so I was not allowed to discuss what happened to me in the past. Say what?! I asked her several times on several different occasions how anyone is supposed to grow and heal if they’re not allowed to discuss what happened to them in the past?! Again she said that DBT and PET don’t “work like that.” I had been diagnosed by the study as having BPD, C-PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Panic Anxiety Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, and OCD. I was age 56 when they diagnosed me.

    For several years I bought into their diagnosis but then found this website Mad In America when I was looking for articles to read about getting off my antidepressant. I had tried to quit taking it many times so I needed more information about why it was so hard to quit. I learned a lot in my reading, especially about how addicting they really are. I was finally successful in weaning off them 3 1/2 years ago. Though I still have the C-PTSD and depression I now believe the late adult diagnosis of BPD was incorrect and was made so I was more easily “billable.” Funny thing, all my so-called BPD and other DSM diagnosed disorder “criteria” dropped off once I was off the SSRI…

  • I don’t feel comfortable with any treatment for my C-PTSD, shaun f. I’m 63 and have been through every sort of “therapeutic” approach that’s been offered since I was a teen and I have found more help from my friends and other people with C-PTSD than I ever had from any official “therapy.” For example, sharing about my traumas with Vietnam veterans helped me more than any “therapy” ever did, undoubtedly because the vets also had C-PTSD and accepted me and what I told them unconditionally. We didn’t try to “fix” each other. We simply accepted one another unconditionally so we were emotionally safe with one another. I’ve never had that experience with any therapist, and I’ve had many of those. My peers helped me (and still do) more than any so-called therapy or therapist ever did. If you met me and got to know me you would never know I have the disorders I have, all because I have been so thoroughly helped by my friends and fellow survivors.

  • I was in a university study that utilized P.E. for those of us with C-PTSD and I found it quite retraumatizing. I am a survivor of multiple traumas that had regularly occurred in my childhood and early adulthood and it was rather ludicrous reciting only one of those traumas over and over and expecting that to have any effect whatsoever on all the rest of the traumatic events I survived. It would’ve taken years and years of P.E. to even process every trauma I survived. I found the process to be very ineffectual as well as increasing the effects of my C-PTSD. When I ended my participation in that so-called therapy I did some online searches to see if others had shared my experiences with it and I found some others who shared my take on it, most of whom were war veterans, which I am not. Like them, however, I also found great relief once I ended all participation in PE. Like DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) I think PE is highly overrated. Both have become very popular in the psychiatric community over the last ten years, the new panaceas. I wasn’t impressed or helped by either. In fact, ending therapy completely brought much more relief to me than any therapy ever did while I was still participating!

  • Thank you for this, Irit! I am so happy to learn about Don Weitz and you and both of your contributions. I receive the weekly emails from Mad In America and am learning so much more about the oppressive nature of psychiatry. I am a survivor myself and was able to wean myself off antidepressants over three years ago after having been on them for over twenty years. Luckily I have always been an intellectual who studies everything I become interested in so that’s what led me to this site to begin with. I look forward to reading Don’s work, as well as your work in your Phoenix. Bringing the truth forward is always the most important work. We will not stay silent! Solidarity always.