(First Published: Feb 18th, 2008)
Welcome to my new blog. The old one had certain limitations that required me to start fresh.
But enough boring crap. Let’s take a look at the world at large.
Lots of crazy people tearing it up out there, hurting others, killing people, etc.
I fear what may come of this in regards to public reaction and how the mentally ill will be treated by their doctors and society as a whole.
As always, I’ll just stick to my backyard and that is bipolar disorder.
I gotta imagine that some of these poor souls are bipolar or suffering from some derivative of it.
The thing that gets me is when it’s made clear that someone went off their meds or refused to take them any longer. That goes two ways.
For some people, like me, the meds simply don’t work.
The best results I ever got, ever, was slight and intermittent dampening of the major symptoms.
And eventually, I would lose even that so my meds would get changed for the umpteenth time. Then the cycle would repeat.
NOTHING ever worked on me well or for long and often, not at all.
The world needs to know this.
Meds do not always achieve something good. They are not magic.
In my case, they made me even sicker and started eroding my physical health as well.
I was getting more and more crazy, more and more disturbed, and my body was suffering from drastic side effects as well.
This was over a 6-year period with me devoutly taking every med prescribed me and me begging for more because nothing was working.
I was scared. I mean big time scared.
So what is a person to do if they are in this situation?
Well, you start getting the oh-so-obvious point that the meds aren’t helping a damn thing.
The logical conclusion would be to stop meds.
And there’s the other side of the coin. You’re only half right at this point.
The meds do have to go but something proactive has to take their place.
For most of us, stopping meds, even when they’re not working, makes us even worse!
And stopping cold turkey can kill you or drive you insane.
So, back to the news; the sick person who is fed up with meds, not always but frequently, is correct in their rationale.
But when they do nothing healthy to address their still present illness and short out on society, then the critics are correct in saying they should have stayed on meds.
But do you see how each side is only half right? You need a better plan than consuming enough pills as to constitute a meal.
The photographer of this post’s featured photo: Katerina Radvanska