Please be aware that NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) believes that 80% of people with mental illness should be taking medication, and NAMI receives significant funding from pharmaceutical companies.
NAMI states that “mental illness is a serious medical illness.” It is not.
“Mental” means “mind,” which is the immaterial part of you. It is your organized conscious and unconscious. The mind is manifest as thought, perception, emotion, will, memory, imagination and reasoning. These are not physical attributes.
“Medical” relates to physicians and medicine. Physicians prescribe drugs to change your body. Mental illness is not of the body; it is of the mind. While it emanates from the brain, mental illness is not a brain disease.
Your psyche is your soul, personality or mind. For treatment of psychological problems, seek out spiritual counselors or psychotherapists who will join you in thinking, reasoning and remembering.
Once you start taking drugs, you become susceptible to what Dr. Peter Breggin calls “medication spell-binding,” that is, your ability to think critically and reason well becomes corrupted. In other words, you become unable to realize that your drugs are hurting you, so you just keep taking them and hurting yourself.
I know. I took antidepressants every day for 26 years. I never completed my education, developed a career, married or had children. My life was lost in the antidepressant pill bottle.