[Poll] Keeping this simple. Trust in Psychiatry ?
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Keeping this simple. Do you actually trust the Psychiatric-Industry ? I suspect most of us do not.
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I'm on the fence. I had some bad experiences but I think there's some good docs & meds out there but you have to go through a lot to find the rite ones sometimes.
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I absolutely don't. They're just guessing at what ails people and how to fix them. The fact is, they don't have a clue. They use patients as guinea pigs, trying all sorts of medications on them till, hopefully, something works. In the meantime, the poor patient is subject to medicine-induced side effects like high or low blood pressure, tremors, unsteady gait, confusion, weight gain, increased depression and even suicide.
I stopped taking my psych meds because I felt like a guinea pig. The solution to my anxiety/depression, PTSD and bipolar disorder was simply to avoid people, or lessen my interaction with them, because they trigger me so.
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While there are some who genuinely want to help people, there's more that want the profits in giving out drugs to people, the more they can get people on meds the more profit it is for someone else. I can't say I trust anyone tbh, not while capitalism exists.
Some of these psychiatric meds are equivalent to actual street drugs. Ritalin for example, pretty much just glorified amphetamine(speed/whizz). They say it's supposed to help with concentration/help kids work etc but you're essentially giving your kid f*****g speed. And it's very likely they won't get really concentrated on the work as intended, more like video games. I've seen people addicted to Ritalin who now literally religiously play GW2 and write ridiculously long fan fics for it cause they're out of their minds on Ritalin, it's all they concentrate on. Even ditched med school for playing that game while Ritalin basically messes their life up.
I know people with full blown Schizophrenia, the meds do more damage than the condition. They essentially keep the person in a self induced coma pretty much and because of this the person suffers from depression because they're lacking so much good nutrition, exercise and simply just going outside. But what do they do to treat the depression? Oh of course, throw more drugs at the person and not help them get into a healthier routine. They just think throwing drugs at people can cure the worlds problems. Reality is, they just turn you into a numb shell of a person and it's not worth it, just go down the health route imo. You'll start feeling better than you were after a few weeks.
I've seen people go from this kinda bad state to resonably healthy when they went down a health route instead of all these drugs. Basically eating really well and forcing themselves to exercise, keeping themselves too busy to be depressed.
A lot of people with serious mental health conditions are no more than test subjects to a lot of these so called doctors. While I agree that some meds do actually work - to be taking them for the rest of your life must definitely be doing some damage physically to you, because they're still drugs, medication is just a word doctors use to make it seem less harmful than it usually is.
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^ I disagree. Stimulant meds have helped me tremendously with my executive functioning and motivation. I need that extra dopamine activity because I don't have it naturally. I'm definitely not "tweeking" or high in anyway. Adderall, Ritalin, and Desoxyn (prescription meth) were originally pharmaceutical before abusers started making them illegally giving the stimulants the bad name of "street drugs," and then being associated with tweeking druggies who don't need them for an actual chemical imbalance.
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Not anymore. The medications they put me on worsened my health conditions and made the unpleasant aspects of living with my autism worse. I was not properly monitored by anyone.
Not to mention that one of them was manipulating me and trying to feed me pills to make money off of me. I doubt he would have seen me no less than 'diseased' had I outed myself as autistic.
In general I don't trust psychiatrists or anyone in the mental healthcare community, because I don't believe they will respect the culture I live under with autism and my ways of life. I believe they will only see me as broken and a need for me to be fixed, even if it means destroying parts of my identity to make me conform. There is also a lot of ignorance regarding autism, let alone HFA, in that world and I would fear people grossly misunderstanding my story(ies).
I might still work with an occupational therapist for disabilities related and not related to living with HFA, but I am reluctant to get any other kind of psychiatric 'help' because of the above reasons.
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I'm convinced the anti-psychotics I was prescribed when I was 18 and took for 3 years gave me diabetes insipidus. I haven't been tested for it because I don't like going to see physicians, but I have all the symptoms which didn't start until I took those meds, and when I stopped taking the meds the symptoms didn't go away.
I was on a cocktail of meds, not lithium, but I have read other reports of the antipsychotics I was on causing diabetes insipidus.
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