IN RESPONSE TO DYANE – PART 1

I have been following Dyane Harwood’s blog for quite some time and she is one amazing blogger! She wrote a piece last week that has been eating away at my mind ever since I read it. It is a topic I feel very passionate about: The use of MEDICATION for Mental Illness sufferers. To read this post by the talented Dyane:

http://proudlybipolar.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/ill-take-goat-shit-pills-if-i-have-to/.

I now feel compelled to write about this controversy surrounding the use of medication because it triggered something extremely personal within me.
Dyane spoke about her views on experts who don’t believe in the use of medication, after watching a trailer of a documentary called “Crazywize.” I immediately felt such a connection to this piece she had written – I empathized with her anger over it! You see, I am a firm believer in the use of medication to treat Mental Illness. I haven’t always been a believer, but after my last hospitalization in July 2013 the saving grace of medication was revealed to me!

In one group session a psychiatrist spoke to us about The Healing Triangle and I am now a firm believer in this Triangle (medication, therapy and support). I have written extensively about this Triangle, so I’m not going to bother further with it now.

Since I was released from hospital, I have never felt so stable. And I honestly believe that the medication I was prescribed had played a huge role in it. I use Epilem and Quetosor for my Bipolar Disorder in conjunction with Concerta for ADD. It is actually amazing how many women suffer from both Bipolar Disorder and ADD! Less than a week ago my psychiatrist prescribed me Wellbutrin and I am still getting used to this new medication. The Wellbutrin is purely for my desire to stop smoking after 15 years and I can already feel the miraculous effects it has.

So, there I was, feeling the same anger Dyane had most probably felt when writing the post, when a day later I read a comment someone had left on this piece. This comment was written by “Truth” and what I found most striking about his comment was the following: he stated that one of the experts pointed out that it is better not to be medicated at all to begin with. Further on he mentioned that studies have proven that Mental Illnesses tend to become more recurrent and chronic once medication is used long term. Finally he said that it is dangerous to start using medication and dangerous to go off medication.

This comment he left got me seriously thinking! It got me thinking due to what I have been experiencing over the past two years or so – since I was diagnosed as suffering from Bipolar Disorder. I have done enough research and self-inspection to know that I was born with this disorder and that my Depression was triggered at 11 and my Mania at 16. But the fact remains that I was only diagnosed about three years ago and up till then I never used medication!

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11 Comments

  1. Thank you SO much for the lovely compliment and for such a great post! I enjoyed reading this more than you know…it was a relief to read about your point of view regarding medications and more! I am thrilled you are stable. I too was last hospitalized in July 2013…. I am super-eager to read part two of your post!!!!

    If you are interested, I would also love to read more about your thoughts on friendship in the months to come. Honestly I am tempted to shut down and not become close to anyone new…I’ve been hurt too much.

    On a much, much brighter note, you really made my day with this post and if it is okay with you, could I reblog it?

  2. Reblogged this on Birth of a New Brain and commented:
    Although I usually only blog Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays now, I decided to go wild and reblog N. Eleanore S.’s reaction to my “I’ll Take Goat Shit Pills If I Have To” post about watching the “Crazywise” preview, my going off meds and the disaster that ensued, etc.

    This young mother and former teacher lives with bipolar disorder in another part of the world and writes under a pseudonym. I’ve been following her fascinating, unique blog for months now, and I encourage you to take a look!

  3. I would still be a mess if not for the antipsychotic “seroquel”. There is also a chance that I would have eventually taken my life living the way I was, wrongly medicated with symptoms exacerbated, before seroquel. For me, the right medication is the cornerstone to my recovery. I often wonder if the experiences people talk of on their medication is simply because they are wrongly medicated? And the same as those who are labelled “treatment resistant”, maybe it’s simply the treatment not working?

  4. I must tell you that, even though I have been diagnosed with a milder form of bipolar, had it not been for medications, I would not be alive today. I appreciate the point of view you have expressed here, and the courage it took you to make them public All of us are different and need different approaches to our illness. All of us struggle with shame and friendships and hope and taking one day at a time.

    Thank you for speaking out and for providing another place for us to find empathy, understanding and acceptance.

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