People don’t want to know about this, but it’s not really unusual. Medically induced illness: iatrogenic injury (third cause of death)
I discovered that an article from 2012 was getting traffic and so I read it again for the first time since I wrote it. (This is what it’s like — the article from 2012) … it gave me pause and then I started tweeting.
I tweeted these thoughts:
I was so fucking sick. Sometimes I think about it and just the thought of those times is traumatizing. It’s still often very difficult too which keeps it fresh.
I’ve come so far but when I think about what it was like it’s just horrifying. Horrifying, still, because it remains incredibly alienating…
And horrifying because I know that so many others are being made ill like I was made ill…yes MADE ill by psychiatric drugs and treatment…
and the fact remains that most people don’t want to even know that it’s possible to get so sick. it’s too frightening to face.
and so those of us who become this ill by any route are largely abandoned by all society because we are too terrifying to contemplate…
and then when we speak of it people hate us…want to tell us to shut up and to tell us we are an anomaly…but we really are not…I know of 10,000s of us…and there are many more who are not apparent on the internet.
what we are, in fact, are canaries in the coal mine — sensitives who are affected more than most by all the current god awful habits of humanity.
more on topic:
*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. Really all doctors should always be willing to do this as we are all individuals and need to be treated as such. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up
It’s become clear to me that whenever it’s possible that it’s helpful for folks who’ve not begun withdrawal and have the time to consider a carefully thought out plan to attempt to bring greater well-being to your body before starting the withdrawal. That means learning how to profoundly nourish your body/mind and spirit prior to beginning a withdrawal. For suggestions on how to go about doing that check the drop-down menus on this blog for ideas. Anything that helps you learn how to live well can be part of your plan. That plan will look different for everyone as we learn to follow our hearts and find our own unique paths in the world. Things to begin considering are diet, exercise and movement, meditation/contemplation etc. Paying attention to all these things as you do them helps too. The body will start letting us know what it needs as we learn to pay attention.
For a multitude of ideas about how to create a life filled with safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page.