“In truth, the ‘chemical imbalance’ notion was always a kind of urban legend – never a theory seriously propounded by well-informed psychiatrists.” –Ronald Pies, editor-in-chief emeritus of the Psychiatric Times (2011) LINK TO ARTICLE HERE.
I’ve always felt that “something is seriously wrong with this picture” when observing various friends and relatives suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, etc and being administered mounds of drugs which had such obvious adverse effects on them. Then one day *I* was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was administered meds myself. Funny how you get really motivated to understand something when it happens to you! Anyway, against advice from most people close to me, I stopped taking the meds prescribed to me and determined that I was going to pull myself out of “whatever-it-was” without meds. I’m so thankful that I did because frankly, the meds were killing me, making me stupid – it was as if I was walking around in a fog. It was horrible! Turns out that I was later rediagnosed by one of the leading court approved psychiatrists in my city as having experienced “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” instead of bipolar disorder. Oops. Now, instead of walking around in a fog all day, (“stuck in molasses” as my biz partner described it) my thinking is clear, I feel great, I’m never depressed, I love life, I love my job and the people I work with, and I love my new long term career in Permaculture and I am back to being my normal, high functioning self. What was the stress? Not telling in this post so as to protect those who don’t want the public spotlight. But it’s an interesting story in itself and someday I may be able to tell it so that others can benefit. But for now, suffice to say that maybe you too are suffering from depression, mood swing, what-have-you. Well, I’m here to tell you that, based on my first hand experience, I firmly believe that there is hope for you outside of drugs-for-life. For two other important articles I have written on this topic, please click HERE and HERE or type “depression” into the search box on my blog, just over there on the right of your screen. A wonderful, Godly “elder statesman” counselor once told several of us in a church meeting …. “Sure, I believe in bipolar disorder. Everyone has it. Read Romans 7.” He was serious. Haha. Good one!