A collection of posts exploring what consent and choice in mental health care looks like today and what it might look like in the future when more meaningful alternatives are actually made available. This post will be part of the navigation menus at the top of Beyond Meds.
Links to posts:
- To my friends and readers who take psych drugs (and to everyone on and off meds too)
- Informed Choice
- I shared at a NAMI meeting last night
- Stop taking your meds, right now… (NOT!)
- Some thoughts on stopping psychiatric medications – pros and cons to coming off
- Dogmatic anti-meds stance can be dangerous
- Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act
- Psych Drugs Kill vs Psych Drugs Save Lives. What if Both Are True?
- Nature vs nurture, biological vs. psychological: how about both/and rather than either/or
The horrifying reality is that too often forced treatment is used: Coercion, subtle or otherwise, is the rule in psychiatric care…
In the below audio file from Non Duality Talk Radio I envision what a future with an infrastructure of care that supports meaningful alternatives might look like. Listen here: History in the system and my vision for mental health on Nonduality Talk
*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up
For a multitude of ideas about how to create safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page.