2016 Critical Update or “Not all psych meds are created equal”

I say “critical” because I just looked at one of my previous articles “Think you might be bipolar…?” and realized I really needed to update my findings since then.

My last line was “And certainly not everything seemingly psychological requires psych meds.” While true, you can’t throw everything under the same blanket, and it was NOT true for me. I did need psych meds. Yes, I’m very willing to talk about this now.

In 2010, when I had the full-blown manic episode which I thwarted by taking thyroid and adrenal support herbs, I thought for sure my problem was hypothyroidism and exhausted adrenals instead of bipolar disorder. The one miraculous thing it did was quash those violent dreams I had been having for years and which have never returned. So there was something to it.

BUT, now I understand that both the hypothyroidism and the bipolar incident (which later settled back into “atypical bipolar”) were brought about by years of taking Prozac which was the only thing I could get anyone to prescribe for me.

If you’re curious to read my experience, check out another blog post of mine entitled, “After 38 years, I finally heard something other than ‘Shut up and take your Prozac.'”

It was a matter of finding a doctor savvy enough to actually do some psychological testing, then hear what I was saying (and had been saying for years), and to prescribe the right thing.

And if you don’t want to take my word for it, read what a doctor says in this article:

“9 out of 10 bipolars became this way through antidepressant-induced mania: Doctor speaks”

 

 

 

 

A Few Forthright Words

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Having watched the mess concerning the Affordable Health Care Act, I’ve learned a few things.

1. We have more medical science at our fingertips than ever before in history, yet we are the sickest first-world nation on the globe.

2. There’s no use pointing the finger at anybody over the state of America’s healthcare today. Because, you know, when you’re pointing one finger, three more are pointing back at you.

3. Medicine is just like any other business: supply and demand. The more we demand, the more they supply, and, as with any commodity, there are varying grades of quality, and it’s all expensive (mostly out of sight).

4. So how to change it all? Let’s stop demanding and start taking better care of ourselves.

5. Do the research. There are literally hundreds of books and websites out there about how to take better care of yourself, and how to move toward optimal health. The rules are pretty simple, and a lot of really smart people (besides doctors) find thousands of creative ways of doing it. (Just try googling natural health and start there.)

 

Coming in a few hours: How to Stop Wasting Your Money on Vitamin Supplements (and no, I’m not going to tell you to start eating right because that won’t help either).

 

 

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