Friday, May 24, 2019

Comments by centaurachiron

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  • While I admit my hackles were raised at the numbered descriptions you posted of ways a diagnosis might be desirable to a patient, I also admit seeing people I know in some of those, and perhaps myself in some. I think this phenomenon speaks A LOT to the present day idea of “mental illness” as a permanent, “just bad brain chemistry” state. That is how ingrained that belief – of a personal brain problem, not a result of life experiences, society, or physical bodily illness. In that mindset, then yes those would indeed be benefits of having a diagnosis – if “you’re depressed / anxious / bipolar etc” was seen as a inherent “disorder” of your brain, likely unescapable and the medications as a lifelong necessity and their wretched side effects as also necessary, then let’s make some lemonade from these crap lemons.
    I bought the brain chemistry malarkey for 11 years of Prozac, taken at a critical age – 16 to 27 – when what was actually wrong with me was undiagnosed physical disease (hugely worsened by the SSRI’s incidentally as well as the lack of treatment the false diagnosis allowed). Recently after in a large part the information on this site and the sources it linked me to, I know it was those incredibly overlooked (and now obvious to me – why did no doctor consider any of this?) diagnoses that I truly AM glad to receive because they mean quite the opposite. Treatable physical ailments, combined with working through lots of ACEs = not actually broken in the brain. From the perspective of HCPs, diagnosis is now necessary in order to bill for insurance as I understand it, and also as you note, to stay in business. Lots of food for thought here.

  • Thank you for this; it’s incredibly helpful. I can’t even begin to describe how much of a relief it is to know that others have experienced such similar reactions. Lately I have been looking into theories of depression as evolutionary adaptation but this goes beyond that – as a “patient” for 30 years now, I am finally understanding that I am not “ill”, not crazy or built wrong – but reacting and adapting to circumstances. Like you said above, it HELPS to know what’s really wrong, that alone relieves some of the stress.

  • Thank you for writing this. I could not possibly agree more with every point you’ve made. For the past two years (since I was sectioned by a local police officer despite being told not to by the clinician who called him) I’ve been saying that we do not currently have a “mental health system”. We have the criminal justice system, and some degree of drug treatment programs in place (and there is a venn diagram type overlap there, which is a whole other rant for another day) and when the police are called, the depressed/anxious person who “did the right thing” by reaching out for help gets shunted into one or both of those. It’s the polar opposite of “help”; no treatment, no human connection – just a police officer shunting the poor individual off to a hospital covering his ass so he won’t get sued. A hospital worker told me my town police sections every single well being check, no matter what. I wonder how many other towns/cities have the same policy?