I realise my new perspective on all things mental health related, and in particular on medication, may be more than a bit disconcerting for some of you. It’s so hard to explain in just one post, but let me try:
This page has always been about me sharing my experience, and my experience now is that my view on everything mental health related is changing quite dramatically. This includes treatment options, and yes, medication.
That said, I’m not specifically anti-medication or anti-psychiatry, it runs much deeper than that. I’m painfully aware that medication is the only option for an awful lot of people. My issue is not with the people who are taking medication (which I still do by the way!), but rather with the fact that this is currently the standard means and first port of call in treating mental health difficulties. I’m coming to a much greater understanding of where problems come from, and how they may potentially be treated. Part of that is the realisation that medication my not be as central to it all as I thought. As I learn more, I’ll share more.
We really are in a horrible catch 22 at the moment – there’s so much new thinking on how to successfully treat mental health problems, but to make those means accessible to everyone? I don’t even know where to begin.
I’m genuinely sorry if any of the views I’ve been sharing recently have been upsetting for any of you in any way. But like I said at the beginning, and as I’ve always said – this is my experience, and my opinion. I’m not an expert, I don’t have all the answers. All I have is how things have played out for me. I’m neither right nor wrong, I’m just finding my way through as best I can, like everyone else!