Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Comments by HiddenInHindsight

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  • Thank you so much for sharing your story. My experience (unfortunately) is eerily similar. The electrical jolts, paired with reading Anatomy of an Epidemic, was what prompted me to get off my meds. I titrated myself and spent a lot of time pushing for further testing and seeing specialists (OBGYN, Endocrinologist) searching for answers, which I didn’t get until seeing a functional Medicine doctor. I felt all the frustrations you expressed and was left wondering how to challenge the model we are all presented with: your brain has a deficiency, take these meds. I‘m surrounded by friends and family who all continue to be fed this model, even defending it, so I have to be very careful in how I share my experience. After stopping the meds, it was never any worse than I was on them all—in fact, it was actually better because I didn’t have the long list of side effects. This model of looking at mental health is so much more empowering, whereas previously I felt hopeless and resigned to my brain “deficiency”. Obviously I still have tough days, but instead of expecting a pill to fix that, I’m understanding and working through years of trauma and building the skill set to process the information my body is trying to tell me, instead of silencing it.

  • Do you have a twitter account? I see your blog has tons of writing. I really enjoyed this piece and it strongly resonated with my experience. I’m curious if you have become involved with an organization in ways similar to what your Dad did. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I hope your words continue to reach others and give them a chance at healing too.

  • Thank you for sharing. I recently listened to a Mad in America podcast that discussed the benefits people found with nutritional supplements. My journey was similar to yours in that I ultimately took myself off of my antidepressants. I found that without, I did no worse than I did on them. I’ve been off them for almost 4 years now. I’ve found eating well, consistently, to be a struggle due to my eating disordered past and anxiety I have over weight I gained while on the anti-depressants. I want to look further into the potential benefits of nutritional supplements, or maybe find a nutritionist willing to assist me in that journey.