Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Comments by 8_balloons

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  • Thanks for replying, and I can relate to your desire to take the edge off the tendency to shutdown. I actually have the same problem with certain repetitive sounds. For instance, I can’t stand it when there is a loudly ticking clock and I am trying to sleep. Or when someone is talking and I’m trying to read. It seems that sometimes I am able to tune out such noises, but it doesn’t always work. I haven’t quite figured out why.

  • Hi Sera,

    Thanks for this article, I enjoyed it a lot.

    I have many of the sensitivities that you listed, and some that you didn’t. I also happen to be an empath. In many cases, my sensitivities saved my life or gave me easy exits from what would otherwise have been difficult situations. My parents told to ignore what I sense and that I’m crazy, but then I found others who have these abilities as well, and learned to trust myself again.

    I don’t know if maybe your level of sensitivity is much higher than mine, but I wouldn’t ever give mine away for anything else, because it’s like giving away your vision or hearing. I also agree with you that there is really no need to medicate someone for this. At least, in my case, medication only made me a lot dumber and less functional, but then I was lucky enough to be able to taper off of it under professional supervision, and my functioning is now back to normal.

  • I have noticed very little hostility towards wellness on this site, and I’ve been watching it for a while. I think that everyone’s story matters, and is helpful to establishing the optimal solution to a problem. I personally would just be happy to read your daughter’s story, but you don’t have to post it if you do not feel comfortable.

    Speaking from my own experience, doctors in a hospital only spend a minute per day with each of their patients. I doubt this can be called care. Before I was in a hospital, I was actually looking for help, but I had no idea where to get it. It seemed then and still does seem now that where I live, the peer support kind of help is not readily available.

    When police came, I would have been happy to speak with them if I knew that no matter what I said, it would still have been my decision whether to get treatment or not. However, I knew that there was some possibility of forced hospitalization, and that scared me from talking to the police. In fact, had it been the case that it was everyone’s absolute right to choose to get treatment or to walk away from it, I would have gladly talked to the police and possibly avoided incurring the cost of hospitalization and taking up a bed that could be taken by someone who needed it a lot more than I did.

    I’m glad to hear that your daughter has been helped by involuntary treatment, and I respect her a lot for having the courage to step forward and to get interviewed for a magazine. And at the same time, have you considered the possibility that it could be the very fear of forced hospitalization that might have made your daughter so paranoid that she couldn’t voluntarily seek help in the first place?

  • Dear Kate,

    That there are people who benefit from forced treatment doesn’t necessarily negate the proposition that alternatives might work for these people as well. Alternative treatments are scarce, and not well known, however information exists that such treatments do work.

    Have your family members ever tried any such treatments, and if so, what was the outcome?

    It would be very helpful if you could describe that.