Yes, we know, and they know too, that:
“You need this drug the way a diabetic needs insulin” is a skewed analogy. In fact, medical students question why this bogus comparison is made. They are told, “It doesn’t matter if you lie to them so long as you can get them to take the drugs.”
If anyone thinks this is a statement about diabetes, no, it isn’t. In all likelihood, a person who is severely diabetic will have to take insulin since it’s really the only thing out there and by far the only thing most effective after diabetes gets too severe. i would not tell a person to stop their insulin nor would I say the care of diabetes is corrupt.
The comparison does not hold water since there are many other more effective treatments for depression than antidepressants, many more effective treatments for mood swings than lithium and many more effective treatments for psychosis. We do have options, but the AMA and APA are deadset on our not finding out about them.
However, there’s an even more insidious lie propagated in mental health. This is it: “You should never self-medicate.”
The exact opposite is what is true. You are the authority on your own body. As soon as a prescription is written that prescription is a recipe for power. Power of the prescriber to dictate what you put in your body.
“I will allow you three pills per day.” Congratulations. You are now a slave to your doctor.
Many people outside of the USA make their own decisions about medical care. In poorer countries, many do not see doctors all their lives. While it is true that many poor countries have a lower life expectancy, this isn’t due to lack of prescriptions. It is because the countries are poor and don’t have access to materials such as safe drinking water and many are without shelter. Poorer countries don’t have the money to maintain their roads nor to provide even the very basics for the people that live there. Either that or the wealth is unevenly distributed. I am sure that a poorer country won’t even bother with the middlemen, such as “doctor” “prescription,” “Pharmacy,” “drug company distributors,” “drug company salespeople,” or “insurance approval,” but instead, get any drugs or treatments that are truly necessary to people as directly and as quickly as possible. I believe that the copious amounts of red tape would cost more, and delay helping people in dire need.
I was told that self-medicating was bad since you were taking things into your own hands. Now, I realize that it’s in fact good to take things into your own hands. If you want to care for yourself, do so. If you want your life run by doctors, go to them and be their slave.
When I eat a red bell pepper, I am self-medicating. This is a food that makes me feel better. Many foods are curative and this is one way that I take good care of myself. Are we going to argue whether I am “using” or “abusing” red bell peppers? I cut it into pieces, put some on a plate, and eat them (unless Puzzle convinces me to give up a few).
When I went to psychiatrists, I often wondered why they’d bother asking the irrelevant and trivial questions they asked. They wanted to know how I “felt.” They asked so that they could adjust the medicine. I found they didn’t really assess how I “felt” very well, and their medication adjustments reflected that.
Even many years ago, I thought, “Well, I know how these drugs work, why can’t I raise and lower it myself?” I could very well have done that, but “doctor” would repeatedly assert just how necessary he was. That didn’t make much sense to me, since a lot of money would be saved if I relied on my own good sense, which was almost always far superior to theirs.
I have already told you about the slackers these psychiatrists relied on. Two of these therapists slept through our sessions. Most apparently had little clue of what was going on with me, except to insist they knew better than I did.
What did they know? One didn’t know how to spell my name after a full year. Many had no clue I had an eating disorder even though I mentioned it often. Not one had any clue what my childhood was like, since mostly, they concluded “typical Jewish upbringing” and never wanted to hear more.
If I really wanted drugs, I’d go out and get them. If I want to medicate myself with vitamins, I’ll do that, too. I’d drink alcohol if I believed it would help me. I don’t, though. I cannot tell you how good it feels to have the power to choose for myself. Interestingly enough, my gut instinct says to stay away from almost all pharmaceuticals, but I reserve the right to change my mind, which would be my choice, not dictated by prescription.