Monday, May 17, 2021

Comments by moxadox

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  • What a fortunate young man. I’m so glad he got off drugs and found himself. My son also was able to wean off drugs for his bipolar disorder, and is managing very well as a Ph.D. candidate. I pray he’ll be one of the lucky ones who dodges the bullet for life.

    I’m not so lucky. Mental illness has nibbled away at my life and destroyed most of what was good: family, profession, friends. Unmedicated bipolar can be a terribly destructive thing.

    And then there are the absolute casualties: friends, relatives, and patients (I’m a pediatrics/adolescent medicine physician, or was until mania took over) who have suicided after going off their meds because they “didn’t need them anymore.” I just had another one recently. I do practice medical acupuncture, and a couple brought their schizophrenic son, actively delusional, to me for treatment. I didn’t feel comfortable treating him, so they brought him to a different practitioner, a very good one, and she treated him for several months with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Then he hung himself.

    Just goes to show that mental illness is something that we cannot make sweeping generalizations about: either “everybody needs medication,” or everybody needs to NOT be medicated.” You have to be intelligent when making these assessments, these choices. You have to be very, very careful, because on both sides of the coin you are taking someone’s life in your hands.


    Laura P. Schulman, MD, MA