two cent professionals

willo7wisp  asked:

What do you say to people who dismiss [very real] mental disorders as completely overdiagnosed? I know people who talk about it as though everyone is self-absorbed and needs to get over it/just deal/not go on meds. I myself am not always a very sympathetic person, but it upsets me to hear more and more people talking about bipolar disorder, depression, etc. in a way that's all "quitcherbitchin"

Interesting question. I take 2 anti-depressants under the guidance of a psychiatrist because I’ve had two almost fatal bouts of depression and a few others that were merely nightmarish. It’s difficult to imagine having survived these episodes without the aid of medication. And I do mean “survived,” as in “didn’t die until I was dead.” At the exact same time, as a admitted layman who knows a little about a lot of things and a lot about a very few things, it seems to me that medication IS overprescribed in the Year of Our Lord 2014. So I try to hold two truths in my mind: medication has helped me and others who need it enormously AND that exact same medication is produced by corporations that are publicly traded and have people sitting on their boards who are decidedly NOT doctors, or even just benevolent citizens meditating on what’s truly best for you and me. They want to make money. So my two NON-PROFESSIONAL cents is that powerful brain medication should generally not be one’s first resort when you’re feeling blue or unfocused or anxious. Diet, exercise, talk therapy, meditation, and many other things can have indescribably massive positive effects. If you’re not in immediate danger of harming yourself, I’d explore those first. Medication a) works and b) will remain probable and thus available, so it’ll be around if you need it. And I don’t presume to tell anyone they need it or don’t, because I’m a comedian. And I don’t really worry about people who offer their opinions on medication if they’re not a psychiatrist.