Someone who sees meds from my perspective. It's not a lack of belief in them. The fact is they do work, but you can't take them and not expect to have other areas affected by the imbalance of neurotransmitters. It will change you, even as it stabilizes you. Your mind doesn't function the same.
I have BPD as mentioned (suspect my mother had it, but not positive), ADHD (high % of my father's family, only 1 brother doesn't have it), and I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder as a teen due to panic attacks, but it hasn't showed up much in a long time.
The anxiety triggers manic episodes, but I've been dealing with it long enough to know what to expect, and how to be careful... my mood swings are mild as long as I don't go through any drastic life changes. (deaths, huge moves, ect.)
And the ADHD simply makes me ramble very quickly, and I don't handle caffeine very well... lol.
Yup, medications have both positive and negative effects, beyond the unrelated 'sexual side-effects'. Mental disorders have many different effects, beyond the commonly known 'bad' effects.
One of the side-symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is something called racing thoughts. My brain grabs onto any idea and runs off in every direction with it ... very rapidly. Along with the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the medications fix the racing thoughts. I don't like it when my brain runs slowly.
If someone's mental disorders render them non-functional, then by all means, dose them up on something that will stabilize them and allow them to function. If someone can function, then just let it go. They're probably better off without psychotropic drugs altering the way their neurons work.
I've been unmedicated since I was 17 or 18, but my car's ashtray was filling up with medication that I 'took on my way to school' for six months or a year before that. I can't even remember what I did with the night-time pills.
Hi, my name is Dan and I am a professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. I am also the primary researcher for the Center for the Study of Information and Religion at the school.My research agenda focuses on the role of religious messages in the social construction of knowledge.
I have lived in northeast Ohio for nearly three years after moving here from Kansas and I really enjoy all the opportunities the area affords. I like cycling, hiking, skiing, swimming, and racquet sports for activity. Movies, antiquing, concerts, museums, cooking, travel, and many more interests as well.
I'm Jon. I'm a doctoral student currently living in Buffalo. I'm also a comedian. I write terse introductions.
Hello all, I'm Clint.
I joined the Nexus a few months ago... not even sure if I ever introduced myself in here, so I'm doing it [again].
I live in San Antonio, Texas and it's been really hard to find rational girls for dating. In addition, I have other 'outrageous' expectations of women.
Regardless, I'm very tolerant except with regards to rationality and Intelligence. It's non-negotiable.
Hi I'm Greg from Seattle,
I have to say reading through this I am glad to live where I do, it is fairly easy to find non-theists here.
I am only 4 months out of a long term relationship so I haven't been in the dating pool for a long time so maybe it is just beginners luck.
Now finding women who believe in evidence based medicine is hard, It may not be the bible belt but we are the west coast and for some reason homoeopathy and alternative medicine is the dominate dogma here.
To be honest, being 36 and being allergic to cats is the biggest barrier!! I am looking forward to the new vaccine they have coming out for that issue.