Originally Posted by tuina
I haven't been banned from anywhere - I don't bother trying to argue much with fanatics - but I did get blocked on Twitter by a famous anti-alternative medicine, pro-corporate activist!
I got prescribed antidepressants in my early 20s when I didn't know any better. The doctor hardly even looked at me. When I came back for a repeat prescription he said, 'You look much better'. I don't think he even remembered who I was. I'd probably still be taking them now (if I was still alive) if I hadn't gone back to my old family doctor who, fortunately, is generally anti-treatment and took me straight off them with a reduction programme.
I think the medical model of mental health is very problematic. Mental suffering gets modelled as if it's an infectious disease. You 'get' depression like you 'get' cholera. Then you do something to 'cure' it and go back to 'normal'. What on earth is normal?
Looking back on my experiences, having the medical model diagnosis was not helpful at all. It exteriorised my own experience. It would have been better for me to realise that I needed to transform myself and start doing what I finally did start years later - really transforming my mind and body through healthy lifestyle, meditation and holistic exercise.
The place we're starting from in our culture is a horrendous spiritual disaster. That's 'normal'. 'Curing' depression in the medical model amounts to correcting someone from a non-functional disaster to a functional disaster. That's not good enough for me.
thank you for your interesting post.
Your experience was very similar to mine when i was prescribed meds. Doctors don't care what you eat, exercise, they just over medicate.
I am very excited to hear about your healthy lifestyle! It's awesome to meet other people who WANT to help themselves in natural and holistic ways.
What are some of your daily regiments?