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I was diagnosed bi-polar at age 51. I didn’t believe in the diagnosis, so, after being mandated to take the drugs for six months, I tapered off gradually over the course of three. On April 26th, I will celebrate my anniversary, 4 years drug-free. Sometimes I think this is a silly anniversary to celebrate, since I have been drug free most of my life. But when I contemplate the horror stories I have read in Anatomy of An Epidemic, Toxic Psychiatry and here on Mad in America, I am feel so lucky to be drug-free. All of these have helped me to believe that I am a normal person again and I am truly grateful to all the authors. Also, just started reading Psychiatry and the Business of Madness. And so I must ask, why do you think you have to be on meds for life?
I believe Kelly has it spot on when she says “optimal health is not possible through medication.”
Kudos Kelly for understanding that no one can be at their optimal health while taking drugs. Kudos for speaking out about this and hopefully changing the minds of some of your colleagues.
Thank you Suzanne. I am grateful for this community. Some of my family members, including my husband and children still believe in modern psychiatry. I am trying to get them to read Anatomy of an Epidemic and finally last week my husband picked it up. Thank you again for sharing your stories. They help keep my own struggles in perspective.
Also, I should have mentioned I recently celebrated my 3rd anniversary meds free. Though it seems kinda silly to celebrate this, since I was only on drugs for six months and nearly all my life I’ve been meds free. I was diagnosed bi-polar at age 51. Thanks be to Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an Epidemic and to one of my sisters for pointing out the book and Truehope vitamins out to me.
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Thank you for sharing your heartbreaking story about Jake, and your heartwarming story about Kimmy.
I am working up my courage to tell my whole disastrous story about being diagnosed bi-polar under my real name. I was mandated to take meds, which made me hypoglycemic. A GP who was trying to get to the bottom of this problem told me after a physical exam that I had a lump in my right breast and that I needed to have a mammogram. (There was no lump.) I was then diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and a surgeon recommended what else, but surgery. I found out after that some cancer experts are trying to take the word “carcinoma” out of DCIS. So I had surgery for an abnormality in my milk ducts that was not cancer. All this happened because of the risperdal and/or lithium I had been mandated to take. I was too numb from the drugs and the cancer diagnosis to do the research I would have done (I have a Master’s degree) had I not been on drugged. Our medical systems in the U.S. and Canada are broken. My heart goes out to you for your courage in telling Jake’s story. I only lost a breast. I can’t imagine how horrible it must feel to lose your son to such a system that puts profits ahead of the health of people.