Because I've found that alternative doctors are very much like mainstream doctors when it comes to thinking they know all, I've learned how to approach new MDs and other types of health professionals so that we understand each other from the get go. I suggested my friend make boundaries right off the bat. This does not guarantee continued respect from the provider but it greatly increases the chances. If they are not willing to work with this agreement it's a good idea to move on. My friend told me it was very easy to fall into the "obedient patient" role. I told her that is what she must avoid if she hopes to stay safe. We cannot afford to be obedient patients ever again. The sad fact is those of us with severe iatrogenic illness caused by psychiatric drug use and withdrawal run the risk of being harmed further by routine medical care. Most doctors regardless of training have not seen this sort of thing, or if they have they've not recognized it, and many will balk at the severity of it and frankly want to treat in ways that are frankly dangerous. This has happened to me many times now. Though at this point I know the red flags and that helps minimize the problem.
I've definitely noticed there are so many wonderful things about aging now that I'm aging! Adyashanti talks about some of that here. How wisdom comes with age and maturity. I wish I understood that when I was younger. Instead I was caught up in the youth culture myself and missed opportunities with the elders in... Continue Reading →