If you are on medication for any type of mental illness, NEVER stop taking it, no matter how much you think you don’t need it. You have no idea how much that will fuck you up until it’s too late.
This is very appropriate to me today.
Yeahhh. I am really uncomfortable with the dichotomy that exists around psych meds. For a given drug, there are generally going to be some people who benefit from it and some for whom it may not just be unpleasant, but downright dangerous. Psychiatry in its current form is woefully inadequate to the task of addressing this situation. IMO the problem isn’t the meds but the fact that when a drug is made mainly to affect the brain, there’s a whole population of people it suddenly becomes okay to coerce into taking it. That is not okay. But the solution is not “make the drugs go away”, it’s “make the coercive nature of how they are often given go away”.
(FWIW, I currently take one type of psych med because it actually helps me. I have in the past been prescribed psych meds that did the opposite of help me.)
Very much this.
In the past, I have been on some medications that did help, and some others that did the exact opposite of helping. I’ve been on a couple that might have killed me if I had kept taking them. I’ve had heat strokes, my liver trying to shut down with the doctor ignoring lab results, and near-constant diarrhea that made it hard to leave the house much for months on end—as direct side effects of prescribed medications. I’ve had to stop taking some against medical advice, in spite of the dangerous side effects. And this is not an unusual type of situation.
Some of these were psych meds, and some were not. A medication doesn’t magically become beneficial (or even non-dangerous) for everyone it is prescribed to, just because it’s supposed to treat a certain category of conditions.
What we need is more real informed consent, and for the people who are taking medications (for whatever) to get listened to better and treated as actual partners in their own medical care. Not more scare tactics and intimidation.
No you guys, they’re not talking about going to your doctor and discussing how the medicine is working, and deciding it’s not for you. There’s a HUGE problem wherein people who have been on meds and improved will decide that since they’re doing better they won’t bother taking the meds anymore.
The ensuing suicides and hospitalisations are many.