My life in psychotropic meds - Mental Health Awareness Week

Because I very nearly forgot that it was Mental Health Awareness Week, I hereby humbly submit my own journey through the wonderful world of psychotropics (which, for better or for worse, did not involve any psychedelics.)

Seriously, meds help. Some can get by without them. Others need a little help. Some need it for a prolonged bout of mental illness. Others need it for the rest of their lives. It's a freaking chemical imbalance in the brain. What can help chemical imbalances? Hmm.....

This is inspired by Nikki's and Jocelyn's posts.

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  • I am really glad you have found a plan that works for you. I am proud of you for sticking with it.

  • Ativan has gotten a bad rap because it has become political and a cause for those who have addiction problems. True, you might become dependant on Ativan or other benzos, but you can become just as dependent on SSRI's or SNRI's, which much worse side effects Because some activists starting in the UK got their back up on them, they are not under prescribed and instead people find they are saddled with the latest (and most expensive) anti-depressants

    This takes into account the idea that there is a "chemical imbalance" in the brain for normal nervous or anxiety ill people, which growing evidence discounts I am not talking manic depressives or bipolar or other, serious mental diseases, please note, where there does seem to be an imbalance

    What is a real shame is that the solution to many of the anxiety symptoms -- and mark it-- most migraines are the result of an anxious personality, lies in treatments pioneered here in Chicago by a psychiatrist, Abraham Low, in the 1930's and 1940's, which involved peer support and training of the will and termperment. For those interested, look up Recovery International.

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