Me & my meds
Rosemary Donahue

Psychology sorely needs biological accuracy and scientific accountability in its definitions and theories. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and fly by night therapists use stigmatizing language and then patronizingly demand we not be stigmatized by it, one of many problems I have with this field.

Essays like yours will help us discuss and manage how to optimize our brain health as a matter of course, because why shouldn’t we optimize our mental strengths and minimize the weaknesses that decrease the quality of our life? Easier said than done, however, because we are taught from preschool through college that drugs do terrible things. We have alternative health evangelists telling us drugs will ruin us. We are taught to understand our biological cues with psychological terms and ideologies that are as confusing, wrong, shaming, and as archaic as ideas about original sin.

The plethora of contradictory and stigmatizing messages about mental health makes taking medications a weird, conflicting, and scary experience. In light of this, your ability to articulate specific details of what worked for you and what didn’t while navigating your health from age 15 to the present will benefit many tweens, teens, and adults.

I have dedicated the rest of my adult life towards the creation of a biologically accurate definition of the human personality/brain. Such a definition will lead to a biologically accurate theory of the human personality/brain. An accurate theory will allow parents, teachers, and health professionals to create mutually agreed upon and uniformly applied strategies for how to interact with developing children and adolescents so they will be much less likely to develop anxiety related problems in the first place. And if anxiety issues do come up, such a theory will decrease misdiagnoses and mistreatments.