From pharmaceuticals and side effects to freedom and peace. In Finding An Exit Strategy From A Mental Health Drugs Habit – posted on BuzzFeed – I share how one bipolar sufferer found a way out of the cycle of drugs and more drugs that worked for her.
Here is an excerpt.
Are there other ways to achieve that crucial change of thought? Irving Kirsch cites a couple of self-help books that have been proved to work as well as the pill-outperforming psychotherapy for mild or moderate depression. And the Department of Health for England and Wales has just endorsed a scheme allowing doctors to prescribe such self-help books for some mental health cases, according to the Guardian.
“There is a wealth of evidence to show that prescribing such books does work, the latest being research published in the journal Plos One which showed that people who used them over a year had measurably lower levels of depression.”
The fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders points to another possibility. The American Psychiatric Association’s “mental health bible” added a diagnostic category of “Religious or Spiritual Problem”. That “marked a significant breakthrough”, according to David Lukoff, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Saybrook Graduate School…