Since today is Friday, and I'm ready to move on next week and write about something new, I'll end this week with my thoughts about why I initially got so angry about the natural healing webcast, so that I can be done with it and move on.
1. The fact is that having been diagnosed as bipolar in 1993, and having read more than 100 books on the topic and related subjects, and having spent 15 years researching this topic, I can't recommend one book on bipolar wellness that I think is uplifting or helpful and I feel the same way about depression.
2. I believe there is something so fundamentally wrong with current treatment practices that it makes me very angry. I don't believe most psychiatrists ask the right questions during the initial consultation, request the right tests (In fact, how many of your psychiatrists had you tested at all to see if there are health issues that might be contributing factors?), or spend the time to determine why you're depressed (again, if your first presentation was mania, it's a different issue and not one I know about), whether there are unresolved personal issues, whether you have personality traits that are contributing to your illness, whether you have the skills to handle stress, whether your personal relationships are satisfying, whether you enjoy your work, whether you're aware of the causal factors that trigger depressive episodes, whether your diet is a good one, whether you exercise on a daily basis, and so forth and so on.
3. I believe most of the treatment guidelines have been developed in mental hospitals where the sickest people are seen rather than in discussions with people who are highly functional.
4. As far as I know, there is no bipolar or depression wellness program in the universe, which offers an optimal program. I've written about this before and even developed the outline for one on another site.
5. As far as I know, there are no ongoing national or international studies to determine whether medication truly works, what the side effects are, how people feel about taking it, what long-term health problems it can cause, which medications are most effective, and/or whether the people who are "true" success stories take medication and/or use alternative methods of healing.
6. As far as I know, there are no ongoing national or international studies to determine whether alternative treatments work, which types of treatment are most effective, which are an absolute waste of time and money, and so forth and so on.
7. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find truthful information on healing practices because so many doctors, mental health professionals, and consumer groups receive funding from the pharmaceutical industry.
8. It is almost impossible to find true success stories of people who have "overcome" these illnesses and are living "normal" lives. (Perhaps my definition of "successful" differs from most.)
9. It is very disturbing that so many people seem to want to make a profit off other other people's pain and suffering.
10. There are few bipolar and depression sites and blogs that provide upbeat, uplifting information on healing that is truly effective. In the few cases where people do recommend medications or products, it's a profit-making venture and difficult to determine whether it's just another hype.