In the world of mental health, I believe I have one of the top most invalidated experiences aside from the age-old classic “There is nothing wrong with you.” It is the experience of failing psych drugs and successful personal work. I know I have blogged about my invalidated experience before but it keeps popping up, as it did this morning. I know I need to use my “Wise” mind to acknowledge that people most likely do not mean to cause me harm when they provide…what can I call this unwanted information?… extra tidbits?….sure….that people most likely do not mean to cause me harm when they provide extra tidbits of information to my experience but my immediate reaction that I believe the most says that they are.
“Thats great you have the support. There are those who are not as fortunate as others . Medication should be used along side other therapies, it is not suggested to take meds alone…there are many different paths to recovery (last part a summary)”
That was the first part of today’s response to a comment I made on Facebook about how psych drugs never worked for me but learning emotional skills and finding supportive relationships did. I provided what I hope is a fairly polite response but the jist of it is, “I’m well aware of that.” It’s like my comment had to be legally covered with something because if people found out that psych drugs don’t always work then people will go off their drugs and there will be CHAOS!!!!!!! Well, maybe some of them should go off their drugs.
My path to recovery is not seen as an option because it contradicts the core of psychiatry that poor mental health experiences are biological and need to be altered by drugs. My experience shows that these drugs can be very ineffective and potentially fatal. My experience shows that the mind can heal itself.
I have no problem understanding that some people need/want to take psych drugs to feel the way they want to feel, but so many cannot understand that by not taking these drugs I feel the way I want to feel. Yes, I feel anger, anxiety, fear, sadness and pain but I’m also best able to tap into my passion, my happiness and great amounts of love. Can others ever understand that it wasn’t psych drugs that changed my mind, it was changing how I viewed my mind. As soon as I began to accept Madness and neurodiversity into my life (probably the same way others accept Jesus) I was able to make great progress because I accepted myself and made the changes that I wanted, not the changes I was told I should want.
This isn’t my opinion, this is my experience.