Well, I have had a bad experience with psychiatry.
My story - is I was the victim of a military sexual trauma - of which I tried to ignore and soldier on and carry on with my job and simply, push it
Of course, depression and anxiety developed - to the point I was prescribed medication to make me feel better. I deteriorated even further, and after
my four years, left the military. Through the VA, I continued to receive care - in which they decided to try a different medication, as I'd moved
through 4 different ones that just didn't help. So I was prescribed an anti-psychotic as a "trial" to see if it would help. Well it didn't -
instead, I had my first and only ever psychotic episode, became very suicidal and lethargic - also paranoid and wide open to suggestion - to the point
I had to be hospitalized for an extended stay. Of which time, they kept me on the medication!!!
They just adjusted the dose and added another
medication as an "equalizer". I was high as a kite all the time.
It took me about 5 years (three of which I was medicated while in the military) and up to 10 - 15 meds later for various illnesses that cropped up in
relation to my psychiatric meds. For example, the medicine I was on - a huge side effect was weight gain. Which caused my type two diabetes to flair,
my thyroid to go haywire, and my blood pressure to spike. So now I was taking MORE medications to counteract the side effects of the psyche drugs. Va
was thrilled, imagine how much money I was making for them, being on all those drugs.
Finally, I woke up and said enough of this sh!t, and started weening myself off the psychiatric drugs I was prescribed. My weight dropped, my type 2
diabetes stabilized, my thyroid righted itself, and my blood pressure is back to normal AND I finally feel like my head is getting back to normal. I
could think, and function and interact with my family again. Before that, I was a chemically induced zombie - quite literally.
Now don't get me wrong, I still suffer from depression and anxiety. I still don't like to go anywhere alone, in fact, I'd rather stay safe and
sound at home - always. I still won't go to the local comic book shop to play Magic the Gathering anymore, because it's mostly guys. But I'm
learning to deal with my fears through spirituality, meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy. No I didn't abandon psychiatry or therapy for
failing me - I simply put my foot down and said, enough is enough. Stop drugging me.
Being high as a kite to feel better, doesn't work for me. So the drugs I learned, at least for me, was bad and not a viable option for me. Now 6
months later, down to NO medications with the exception of an occasional motrin or tylenol for a headache or other pains - I feel better. Much, much
What's more - I'll always be stigmatized for my psychotic episode, which was induced, by the very medication that the doctors who were suppose to be
helping me, prescribed me with. I'll never be able to own a gun, for example, not because I'm not stable, but because I was unstable when I was
being used as a guinea pig - to try out a anti-psychotic medication - not for being psychotic, but for being depressed! It's a flawed system, and in
my opinion, psychiatry in some cases, does more harm than good. It did in my experience. Particularly when big pharma is saying, here try this new
drug on patients and see if it makes them feel better. It's basically playing rush and roulette with your brain.
It's my firm belief, that many (not all - I'm not saying all people - some do need these medications and do better on them) but many people use the
psychiatric system just to get drugs to get high, legally. Why should big pharma care, they're getting your money, the psychiatrist is making their
money... Please don't misconstrue that statement, or take offense. It's only my opinion born from my personal experiences. It's all a business.
Your health isn't their main concern, money is. In fact, the sicker you are - the deeper their pockets get.