Saturday, March 31, 2007
10 Top Gripes
1. I believe in mind-body healing and thus do not consider bipolar disorder II without psychotic symptoms to be a mental illness.
2. I believe that there will not be a bold new approach for treating manic depression until the pharmaceutical companies lose their lock on this illness, which is quite unlikely given the money they have invested in every facet of research.
3. Since the majority of bipolars do not get better, one would think that the psychiatric establishment would rethink their treatment options.
4. I believe that I shouldn't have to pretend to be a cancer survivor to go to a Wellness Center.
5. While I think it's swell that Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, one of the foremost experts on manic-depression (and a bipolar person herself) has been stabilized for years on lithium, I'm getting tired of all the discussion on lithium's efficacy. Before they started the Systematic Treatment Program for Bipolar (STEP-BD), lithium hadn't been studied in more than 40 years.
6. Since there is no scientific data to support why any of the drugs that psychiatrists prescribe for manic depression work, then isn't it possible to assume that no one really knows whether combining so many different drugs in different dosages and different combinations is actually hurting people rather than helping them?
7. I am appalled that psychiatrists and psychologists believe that the best treatment option is therapy combined with medication but that few insurance companies will pay for this treatment.
8. I find it curious and disturbing that there are so few real success stories on the Web.
9. I believe that a lot of distressing behavior exhibited by manic-depressives who suffer from depression is caused by their medication.
10. I would like to suggest that the information posted by members on RemedyFind is more helpful than all of the data posted by the National Institutes of Mental Health.