By Carolyn Anderson, Kent, UK
If only my psychiatrist had not written out my first prescription for Prozac.
If only my psychiatrist had warned me that the psychotropic drugs I was being given caused suicidal thoughts which then led to several suicide attempts and numerous admission to psychiatric hospitals.
If only I had known that the drugs were causing damage not only to my brain but also to my physical health.
If only “Recovery is a Reality” had been recognised all these years ago instead of being told that I had this “illness” for life and would have to learn to manage it as best I could and stay on medication.
If only I had known that I was suffering from “acute emotional distress” and not a “mental illness” which I now believe is quite the wrong term.
If only I had known over 20 years ago what I know now but I didn’t and I have to let the past go.
The past, however, has led me to a much better future not only for myself but, hopefully, for so many others coming after. Through all my suffering and my recovery has come a passion to campaign for change, to offer peer support to the many people I meet on a daily basis in the work I do and to spread articles of hope on the internet.
I could finish by saying “if only the change we so desperately need would begin” but I don’t have to say that now because I believe that change is already happening. People across the world are waking up to the fact that there is a far better, more holistic way to treat people suffering from emotional distress. The wonderful blogs featured in madinamerica.com are now being read across the world as too are the ISEPP blogs and many others. There are so many people who desperately need this change but with so many people trying to implement it I feel very hopeful for the future. Let’s all work together to spread HOPE.