Sharing my journey through the mental health system, and especially my successful withdrawal from psychiatric medications, seems to have struck a chord with readers. Many have left comments stating their own desire to break free of pharmaceuticals. A few visitors have expressed reservations about my stance on these issues, because they have found psychiatric drugs helpful and life-enhancing.
The two positions (a belief in the value of medications and a desire to break free of them) are not mutually exclusive. There is no reason a person couldn’t credit drugs with saving his or her life, and still hope to someday be liberated from taking them. But there is obviously a tension between faith in pharmaceuticals and the desire to live without drugs.
The following text was cobbled together from my replies to the desires and concerns of readers. It explains at some length the fallacy in believing pharmaceuticals to be potent weapons against mental chaos. The next post will argue against long-term use of medications without trials of drug reduction, and also offer some suggestions for tapering off pharmaceuticals.