Will less psychotropic medication give better results? Many years ago – 25 or so – I was given large doses of psychotropic medications that probably would have felled a race horse. Or at least given him or her a good, long, drug-induced nap.
The medications were either classified as mood stabilizers or antipsychotics. How much I was given or the name of the medications I have no idea. It was when I was hospitalized for out-of-control mania.
After I stabilized and left the psych ward in 2 weeks or less, I didn’t take psychotropic medication, was not prescribed long-term use.You Do Not Need to Be Medicated to Death. Search for Root Causes of Mood Swings. Click To Tweet
Except one time and had to go off the drug quickly as it caused serious side effects.
Related post: Antipsychotic Medications Made Me Psychotic.
I’m lucky that way. I was so intolerant to most psychotropic medication that doctors really could not prescribe them to me. Or if they did, my medical history showed they only had a short-term positive effect. And that is usually what happened.
Intolerant to Toxic Meds Not Treatment-Resistant
The only psychotropic medication that I took for an extended time at a large dose was when I was in treatment in my early twenties and given lithium.
The dose was such I had to have monthly blood levels checked. After a slow downward spiral of not getting better I ended care with the doctor after that year trial. Then slowly took myself off the med.
And I was unstable at times until found treatments that helped the bipolar as well as other undiagnosed medical issues I had.
That’s my story – just so you know where I am coming from. I was told I was one of the treatment-resistant type of patients. Now I know I really wasn’t. The toxic meds were just making me ill.
Related post: Treatment Resistence is Your Body Saying No.
Getting better and not taking large doses of meds has been a very long and complicated journey. I share my story in my book: Bipolar 1 Disorder – How to Survive and Thrive.
Why Less Psychotropic Medication Can Be More Effective
There are many reasons why less medication to treat your bipolar illness may be more effective. A primary one simply that you are being prescribed the wrong meds. Or you are being over-prescribed multiple medications that you do not need.
Who would that NOT make sick?
Another important issue to consider is that you have underlying medical conditions affecting your mood states. Health issues that need medical attention such as thyroid disease (even if blood levels normal), sugar intolerance, chemical exposure and sensitivity, allergies, addiction issues, etc.
If you are actually Manic Depressive or suffering from Major Depression then a doctor or psychiatrist is acting ethically trying to stabilize you with what they have in their med vault. In my humble opinion.
They don’t want you to harm yourself or others, or end-up hospitalized. They want to help you be a productive member of society and be able to work, have relationships, be self-sufficient.
But a large part of the problem is they go for the big guns (large doses of meds) at the get go, due to the influence of Big Pharma. Billionaire drug manufacturers who pay the doctor to treat you like an oversized mammal and medicate you to death.
Rather than having the doctor treat you like a sentient being who has been unfortunate enough to inherit the serious medical condition Manic Depression. And is struggling through life like everyone else is.
You may need to have drug treatment at times, but you are not a pharmaceutical human recepticle that needs every med they’ve been told to prescribe to patients like you.
And often you do not need to take large doses of drugs that are being prescribed. Or the 10 plus they are trying to get you to down with a glass of water or meal daily.
They Do Not Know How Psychotropic Medications Interact
The physician may not tell you… but they do NOT know how many of these drugs interact with each other. They do not know the potentiating effect of this med or if that med is decreasing the effectiveness of your other meds.
In actuality, they don’t know how these drugs work at all in many respects for the condition you are being treated for. They still do not know how lithium works, only can postulate.
“Doctors don’t know exactly how lithium works to stabilize a person’s mood, but it is thought to help strengthen nerve cell connections in brain regions that are involved in regulating mood, thinking and behavior.”
Source: Lithium for Bipolar Disorder.
I can give them some thoughts too… as someone who almost died when on large doses of the med.
Create Drugs Then Create Mental Illness Categories
Much of what is touted as biological psychiatry is anything but biological. It is ‘pharmacological psychiatry’. A medical approach that comes from creating synthetic drug products to sell and market. Create in a lab so patents can be issued and lots of money made. Then find symptoms they can prescribe the meds for.
And then create new diagnostic categories to label people with a ‘newly classified in the DSM’ illness to be able to prescribe the drugs to. So they get insurance payments i.e. make money.
That is what the new ‘bipolar spectrum’ created in 1994 is all about. Bipolar 2 Disoder is not bipolar i.e. Manic Depression. It is a form of depression that has been around for decades.
You Are Smart and Special
Or the person has other mental – or physical – health issues. But everyone would rather get to think they are smart and special and get to say all their problems are because they are bipolar. You are smart and special, don’t need a diagnosis for that.
Related post: Comparing Bipolar 2 Disorder to Breast Cancer.
No one in their right mind would want a diagnosis of bipolar. Or to be put on psychotropic medication. Trust me on this one. But Big Pharma loves this approach. They’ve been making billions of dollars controlling doctors and the medical sciences fields for decades.
“Psychotropic drugs, such as chlorpromazine, imipramine, or diazepam, were developed by astute researchers, at a time when several neurotransmitters had not yet been discovered and when little was known about the physiology of neurotransmitters.”
“The modes of action of these first psychotropic drugs were discovered years after they had been successfully used clinically, and are still undergoing further study.
They know effects – some of them – these drugs have on the brain or on the way a patient may respond (sedation, increase in energy) but they do not know specifically how or why they may help you.
Psychotropic Medications Are a Guessing Game
It’s all a guessing game, though your physcian will lead you to believe is all very scientific and well proven. Then if you don’t respond as expected, or adversely… it’s your issue maybe. And not caused by the harmful chemicals they are instructing you to put into your system.
Take away point: All of these medications have serious side effects. More potential dangerous effects the more medications you are prescribed and take as directed and the larger amount of the drug you are prescribed.
If you feel you do need help with a psychotropic medication to calm your moods or try and treat serious depression and experience unwanted side effects, know that it is possible to take less than the doctor prescribes and possibly still get an effect that helps you to stabilize or feel better.
And that side effects are common – the meds are toxic. Being prescibed more or a higher dose will just make you sicker, not better.
The best defense is to never agree to take these meds, or get off as quickly as possible. Even for those like me who were forced to due to hospitalization for a crisis.
Then I was misled by a psychiatrist who did not inform me accurately about the medical treatment that was being recommended i.e. high doses of lithium for an extended time. There is no way that could have continued without debillitating effects.
And I came close to losing my life as a result i.e. suicide. One story I read recently is a woman who was started on lithium in her late teens. Now in her thirties, she needs a kidney transplant and has to undergo dialysis. What wonderful medical care.
Most psychiatrists do not inform patients about the harm psychotropic medication can cause. They just want to write prescriptions, pretend to treat a ‘chemical imbalance’ they know you do not have and make money.
Know this reality and protect yourself, protect your family. Search for other ways to be well. When you can.