The ever elusive but perfect psychopharmaceutical cocktail…

A facebook status update:

cocktailWhen psych drugs clearly do not work from the very beginning, instead of calling it quits and utilizing the many other possible natural options that exist to assist a person in mental distress and trauma there is instead a belief in some totally elusive but perfect (as well as completely deluded) med “cocktail” that simply must be discovered.

And so the med merry-go-round begins…an ever-changing combination of psychopharmaceuticals. I ended up trying over 40 drugs by the end of my psychopharm career. I was often taking 6 or 7 at once. Even for folks who find combos that are tolerable for a time generally that will change too and so med-merry-go rounds are often episodic and repeated over and over again. How many combinations can a creative MD come up with? Rather endless ones, really. It’s a never ending carrot that is dangled in the front of psychiatric patients.

The costs of remaining “med compliant” can also be very high. See: If I had remained med compliant…

There are many options to standard psychiatric care. Most can be used in conjunction with medications as well, perhaps in a process of minimizing or coming off drugs. To begin thinking about what one can do to support themselves or loved ones you can look at the drop-down menus at the top of this blog. It is not an exhaustive list. There are as many paths to wellness as there are human beings. 

Please do not attempt to discontinue psych drugs without first very carefully educating yourself on the risks involved so that you might minimize the chances of developing grave iatrogenic illness if you decide to withdraw. Do not assume that your MD understands those risks either. Most of them do not. Worst of all this is true even when they claim to understand. Seek as many educational resources as possible: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up


About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters