Psychiatry and Its Discontents: Pt. 2
Andrés Ruiz

Thank you for these references. I encounter more and more individuals with mood/mental health diagnosis. There is balance required when helping, respecting those diagnosed/prescribed and their living through the daily struggles. Managing potential immediate relief and medium to long-term growth is always a major consideration when respecting the wishes of the counseled. I have not met anyone who embraces total reliance on their meds — yet once begun, they are usually both relieved and bothered by their new addiction. On the whole those I know wish they could work their way to “less pain and suffering” whether mental or physiological, without or with less usage of their pills. I offer them supplemental alternatives proven to increase their well-being. Other concerns for this approach is that this is endemic to our society at large (and to the westernized world). My experience is that there is no solution that fits all — when an individual is ready, more “cures/coping mechanisms” are possible. Seeing beyond one’s own psychological ego and identifying themselves as their diagnosis is often the freeing practice that allows freedom from their suffering. Thankfully there is today a growing acceptance of meditation/mindfulness that offers a reset of health in body and mind.

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