4 thoughts on “Psych Meds: ‘A Necessary Evil’ Or A Magic Pill?

  • August 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I too have been through the gammet of drugs, especially the first 15 years or so. The last 15 years have been much better. I am still in the neverending circle of med changes just not as often thank God

  • August 4, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I have suffered from Chronic PTSD my entire adult life (I’m 44), diagnosed 2 years ago and have been playing med-roulette ever since. I am a psychologist and I self-diagnosed my depression a few years ago (with some uninvited help from my estranged husband who thinks that neither therapy nor meds are necessary to deal with ANY mental illness, which is probably one of the main reasons we’re separated!) Anyway, the SSRI I was prescribed for the depression really didn’t handle my main problem, which was severe mood swings. It has only been after consulting with a neuropsychologist that the mood swing symptom came to the forefront. 2 weeks into my prescription for risperidol (1.5 mg per day, cut into three doses) I am like a different person. Previously I was highly reactive and “jumpy” all the time. That symptom is gone, and I am now much more able to think through my options before choosing which course of action to take. (It used to be I didn’t have a choice!) I found the most recent article on PTSD in veterans to be very interesting: they found NO effect of risperidol on this groups’ PTSD symptoms…I guess I just want everyone to know — don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater — risperidol DOES work for some people’s C-PTSD-related symptoms.

  • August 16, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I have been on the medication roller coaster as well as the non-medicated roller coaster. This included being rediagnosed by a rabid new psychiatrist fresh out of school who was eager to prove that my hypomanias meant that I had major depression because they were not what she called typical manias (You know the ones where you rob a bank, direct traffic naked and try to stalk a celebrity?) I had been on antidepressants for 6 years until a different doctor (who I don’t see anymore because of his inappropriate behavior,) told me that the medications were causing me to have manic episodes. I used lithium for about a year with some success. There is no magic pill. The only magic is what you think is magic. It’s all slight of hand. I am trying to manage my moods now by first getting off the medication merry-go-round, recording a year of “normal” (for me,) highs and lows and then finding a way to deal with a very abusive and screwed up past. The fact that medications typically reduce people who exhibit symptoms of mental illnesses and that doctors are more than willing to prescribe them more than they are willing to actually listen to the patient talk convinces me that it is more a con by Rx companies and insurance companies to push something that is costly and “easy”. Drug up the people with problems, make them feel like it is the patients fault for not getting better and promote, proclaim and advertise that these pills are the source of happiness and the end of all the world’s ills. Nothing is learned and no one is the wiser. A bunch of sheep willing to follow the shepherd down the slippery slope of the technological age where people believe that the easy way out is the only way out 2 frighteningly honest quotes: “By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.” and “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. ”
    — Adolf Hitler

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