Sunday, February 28, 2021

Comments by candreae

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  • What a pile of sensationalistic bullshit…what’s the homicide risk for the mentally ill who AREN’T on medications? My schizophrenic cousin attacked my aunt out of the blue and almost killed her. He has since been medicated and does very well in society. Save your punditry for someone looking to lie to themselves…that’s your target audience.

    I also note the lack of the title “Doctor” before your given and surname…this isn’t surprising.

  • Mr. Williams was quite a bit older than 24 years of age. I also find your suggestion that anti psychotic medications are somehow correlated with the onset of Parkinson’s disease to be rather unfounded. The man had a long history of illicit drug use, was suffering from depression and anxiety and was informed he had Parkinson’s disease. These three factors have far more impetus on one’s decision to terminate their lives than antidepressant use.

  • Gonna have to call out your sources on this one…especially ones coming from your own blog. I have a degree in statistics and economics and I was told on the first day of class never believe a statistic…then I was taught the art of how they are manipulated to the benefit of those with a personal agenda. As someone who appears to have completely turned his back on the psychiatric community, your bias has lead you to sources that point to what you’re aiming for. For example – someone in the psychiatric community, in treatment for mental illness is at a higher suicide risk than one who does not have a diagnosis. No kidding, they are there because something is wrong…just because medicine and therapy failed to save them does not mean the treatment they received is the underlying motive for taking their own life. You continue to construe the medical community in a negative light in a country that WANTS mental illness to just go away. Almost every parent I know is hesitant to even consider the use of medication for their child, despite the noted benefits of doing so, including mitigating the development of future, co-morbid disorders, addiction and so on. You are empowering people to deny their loved ones an option with your rhetoric. Instead of doing this, why don’t you approach the issue in a manner that explores as many different pathways to well being as possible?

  • No Richard, I’m not a doctor. And you’re incorrect about where the burden of proof lies. As the accusatory party, the ones comparing legitimate medications to street drugs and calling disorders that are very, very real, in essence, fairy tales, I believe the ball of explanation lies in your court. But i digress, I see my doctor twice weekly for CBT and medication follow-up, and have been doing so for seven years. It has been a slow journey from the hole I was in before diagnosed…alcoholic, alone, suicidal….

    I admit the process of getting out of the hole has not been fun. The traditional means of treating ADHD with co morbid bipolar I disorder by administering mood stabilizers was not something I found to be anything resembling an improvement in my quality of life. I was as flat as a pancake and felt nothing. With the help of my doctor, under his careful supervision I spent 5 years researching medications, my conditions, and the overall function of the human brain as we know it. I moved one medication at a time, making sure I reached a therapeutic dose before making changes or moving on from a medication. It was a brutal process that had me experiencing mood swings, withdrawal symptoms and downright mental anguish. Accidentally I stumbled across what would eventually lead to my personal hypothesis about my disorder and my current medication regiment. This happened when I couldn’t remember if I had taken my Zoloft for the day, so I took what turned out to be my second dose. I had a great day, so I went back to actually count pills and noted I had doubled my dosage. I wondered why this would make any marked improvement, as depression was not my biggest concern…so why would further reducing serotonin re-uptake improve my mood? Turns out at higher than recommended dosages, Zoloft acts more like a dopamine re-uptake inhibitor and less like an SSRI.

    With this information I went with a running hypothesis that my body/mind, for whatever reason, strips itself of dopamine at an abnormally high rate.We remedied this by adding Wellbutrin, which has the most dopamine reuptake inhibition of any of the SSRIs and Daytrana (Methylphenidate transdermal patch,) to promote dopamine. I have seen a marked improved improvement in my quality of life, and have been able to move forward with my therapy and my life. I went from suicidal shut-in to being a father, small business owner and technology hobbyist that dabbles in car racing….things I never thought possible all those years ago.

    I can see why people would want to circumvent this process…it’s miserable, even when you do it right, and nothing we want to put our children through.

    But it doesn’t need to be so bad. I didn’t start working on my illness until my mid 20’s, which is when bipolar disorder tends to manifest itself. Looking back through my childhood I can now identify the attributes and sensations that separated me from just another excitable kid. They are subtle in nature, but a good doctor can spot them…this is why seeing the primary care physician for ADHD is a terrible idea…he is simply not qualified and most people don’t see him often enough. Everyone is different and one pill does not remedy all walks. Careful, thoughtful prescribing with constant follow-up to mark progress is imperative.

    So there you have it, my testimony and proof that this is real, and the medications help. If you find this insufficient I have included some good articles in a link below. Cheers.

  • Please include links from reliable sources showing research that implicates ADHD medication has the same detrimental effects as street meth when taken at reasonable dosages. Additionally, I would like to see the author’s sources backing up his accusations that these medications are extremely dangerous, as well as concrete evidence that ADHD is a fabricated disorder. Until I see these things I’m of the opinion that articles like this are socially irresponsible in that it fans the flames of doubt that burn in the minds of parents who need to make a choice. These medications help improve quality of life, something I will attest to. The inability to focus is not behavioral in nature when it comes to ADHD, but rather a malfunction in the reward center of the brain, and can be crippling, especially as an adult with responsibilities.

  • I’m sorry, but comparing stimulant medications like ritalin, a NDRI to cocaine, a powerful SNDRI is a fine example of sensationalist journalism. They work on different pathways and cocaine has a far greater effect on mood, potential for addiction, derogatory effects and is, well, illegal. With documented research out there showing a strong correlation between untreated ADHD and the future development of co morbid disorders and increased risk of substance abuse I must object to demonizing a medication that has great potential to help, especially under the close observation of a psychiatrist. Dosage adjustments are extremely important, and more often than not, are never done as a result of primary care physicians not knowing their place and writing prescriptions for medications best given to a patient seeing a specialist. If you’re looking for a problem with the way society deals with ADHD, I would highly suggest taking a look at who is writing the prescriptions, not just the drug being prescribed.