I know I’ve gone overboard with Social Media over the last 6 months. I usually think before I type but I haven’t done that in awhile. When I realize what I’ve written doesn’t sound right so I try to delete it but sometimes I can’t.
I made a comment on an Instagram post that I guess came across as odd. Someone replied “Are you okay?”. When I read it in my Notifications I had no idea why anyone would ask me that. Then I went to the comment.
I did sound manic and all over the place. I was embarrassed and ashamed. I then noticed another person had replied and I felt angry on top of everything else.
The woman is supposedly a “Mental Health Counselor” and she suggested I should “take a Holistic Approach to your mental illness instead of dangerous medications”.
I wanted to respond but since I am now back on the correct dose of medication I knew that it wasn’t worth it and it wasn’t right to have a discussion on someone else’s Instagram page. I let the matter go.
NEED TO KNOW
I don’t want to give a history of my health to every single person in order to explain my emotions, behavior, mood, or physical symptoms. I feel like I have to or people will assume the worst. The problem is they assume the worst anyway.
THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPLIMENTARY AND INTEGRATIVE HEALTH
The National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health is the main government agency for investigating non-traditional treatments specifically for mental illness.
- Complimentary methods where non-traditional treatments are given in addition to standard medical procedures.
- Alternative methods of treatment used instead of established treatment.
- Integrative methods that combine traditional and non-traditional as part of a treatment plan.
Research is still lacking when it comes to the safety and effectiveness of Complimentary Treatments.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids: These may help decrease the risk of chronic schizophrenia but what most people do not know is that this is only the case for young people experiencing psychosis for the first time.
Folate/Vitamin B9: The human body can’t make this on it’s own, some people with mental illness have low Folate levels. The FDA has approved one form of Folate as an add on not a primary treatment for use in depression.
Medical foods, mind and body treatments and vitamins fall under these categories also.
VITAMINS: Anyone on a prescription medication should be cautious when taking vitamins. Vitamins can make some prescription medications less effective or toxic.
40% or more of Americans treat themselves with alternative or “Holistic” medicine without professional supervision or disclosing it to their Psychiatrist/Primary Care Doctor. Many patients use Holistic medicine while taking prescription Antidepressants which can cause dangerous interactions.
THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK
Bipolar Disorder is a brain disorder.
MRI scans of people with Bipolar Disorder are similar to each other but significantly different from people without Bipolar.
When Bipolar Disorder goes undiagnosed and the person is given the wrong medication and self medicates it makes them much more difficult to treat when they are diagnosed.
I remember when my Mom was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. I was devastated. The first thing people said was “Did she smoke?”.
If she did smoke, did that mean she deserved to die a horrible death? People don’t think before they speak.
No one mentioned any Holistic medicine instead of Chemo and Radiation.
When my kidneys failed and I was in the ER, not one person mentioned “Holistic Medicine” as an alternative to saving my life.
Mental Illness is no different, at least for me it isn’t.
I may not always be able to edit myself online but face to face it’s much easier.
It’s easier because I never really talk to anyone. When I get the chance I get too excited and I start to stutter. The shame and embarrassment kicks in.
I would like to know 1 entire day without feeling shame. I know what I’ve put my family through. If I thought vitamins, yoga, meditation, would make it better believe me I would be doing it. Actually I’ve done it.