Since being labeled with clinical depression and borderline personality disorder at the age of thirty-one, after years in active addiction to a mixed and varied array of narcotics and alcohol, “More” having been my drug of chance, I have been taking the anti depressant Effexor. Actually, as of March 2016, had is a more accurate description of my relationship with the anti depressant, as I finally made the decision to stop taking it, having reached the same decision about the lithium I had been taking, since the more recent label of bi-polar was applied to me. Without doubt, these two decisions are among the best I have ever made. One because I made them of my own free will and second, because they freed me from the slavery and consequences that all too often come hand in hand with taking psychotropic drugs/prescribed “medication”.
For the purposes of clarity, I am not in any way suggesting that anyone else take the same steps as me and stop taking their “medication”, even though in my humble opinion that could be among the best things anyone could do for themselves, as I am not qualified to give such advice and take full responsibility for my choices/decisions.
Based on thirteen years personal experience, I can however assert that in my opinion, when prescribing psychotropic drugs, drs are effectively playing with a loaded gun, as they simply do not know how each individual will react to each drug. The consultant whom first prescribed lithium to me, could not possibly have known that within three months I would have become a complete reclusive, unable to hold an intelligible conversation and would be too terrified to set outside my own front door for the next eighteen months. They did not know that my lithium levels would fluctuate wildly and inexplicably, or that as a direct result of taking the drug and with it’s aide, I would make three separate attempts to end my life. In fact on a number of occasions, I have taken enough psychotropic and/or street drugs to kill an elephant, yet somehow I am inexplicably still alive.
Now “medication” free, I firmly believe that we have created a need that the pharmaceutical industry is neither sufficiently qualified nor experienced to meet, but only too happy to provide their vast array of “medications” to those among us willing to take them. They have provided the training for their army of “experts” (drs), who are frequently and continually bombarded by another army from the pharmaceutical industry, their sales reps, to sell them the “benefits” of the latest drugs, as well as having created a catalogue of “health conditions”, from anxiety “disorders”, to depression, bipolar related disorders, schizophrenic disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders and dementia, that conveniently match their equally extensive catalogue of drugs.
Even though psychiatrists freely admit that they cannot reasonably predict the reaction an individual will have to any prescribed drug, according to the council for evidence based psychiatry, more than 57million prescriptions for anti depressants were issued in England in 2014, representing a 7.5% increase on 2013 and more than 500% since 1992. 10.5m prescriptions for drugs used to treat psychosis were issued in the same period and prescriptions for stimulants, typically used to treat children with “hyperactivity disorders” also so an 8% increase to almost 1.2m prescriptions. In total, around 85 million prescriptions were issued for psychotropic drugs in 2014 in England alone. That should give us particular cause for concern, as “according to a study that is being referred to as one of the most comprehensive comparisons of commonly prescribed antidepressants so far, most of these drugs are ineffective and some might even be unsafe for children and teens who are suffering from major depression”.
In a piece of research first published by the Kings Fund in 2008, it was estimated that the annual cost will see an increase of 11% from £22.5 billion per annum, to £47.5 billion by 2026, with a negligible 0.2% decrease in the percentage of the population that will be diagnosed with a mental “disorder”. The research also predicts that the cost of lost employment will rise by 7.7% from £26.1 billion to £28.1 billion. Surely all of this this begs the question why we are spending so much money on psychiatric “services”, if they are predicted to have a negligible effect on the wealth and wellbeing of the nation?
I believe that at the root cause of the demand for psychotropic drugs and it’s increased provision, as evidenced above, is a dis-ease that has been created and it is the dis-ease of being unconscious to our true worth. Through capitalism, society is constantly bombarding us with messages that we are not good enough. The advertising agency is constantly re-minding us of the perceived “need” for the latest gadget, the alleged “benefits” of the latest new diet, how much sexier/happier/better we will feel and how much better our lives would be if only we wore the latest perfume from x, y, or z designer, owned the latest television set, mp3 player, apple product, designer shoes, bigger house, more comfortable furniture, faster car…………………….the list is never ending.
We live in a society where we are constantly being bombarded with messages that tell us we are not good enough, so little wonder that is how we sometimes feel. As with every-thing in life however, we always have a choice. We can choose to listen to the constant subtle messages from our television sets, continue reading the magazines with photographs and articles that re-mind us we are not good enough and we can continue to chase the never ending “need” for more that is designed and facilitated by capitalism.
Personally, I chose to stop taking the prescribed drugs, sold my tele-vision set, stopped buying the magazines, now ignore the posters/billboards, stopped poisoning my body with “magic creams” and food that has no nutritional value, read articles from people and websites such as: Dr Aseem Malhotra, Dr NA Mazhar, Dr Lissa Rankin, Jon Barron, Dr Kelly Brogan, Magnus Mulliner, natural news, health freedoms, the alliance for natural health and decided to take more personal responsibility for my own wellbeing and to date, the results speak for themselves. I have more energy, am no longer too terrified to walk outside my own front door, am grateful for and enjoy life, have a wide and varied variety of interests and developed a new skill for writing.