The Troubling Matter of Medical NonCompliance

by Wendy Murray In keeping with my posts this month -- Mental Health Awareness month -- I include below an account of an experience I had with a medical professional who proved unhelpful and even belligerent in my attempt to seek her help in withdrawing from my antidepressant. I have learned that this story is typical and many patients, like myself, contend with unhelpful doctors.  I want to be clear that, even as I write about my experience with this one professional, I also saw several other … [Read more...]

What SSRIs Do To the Brain, Making Them Difficult to Quit

(This series about antidepressants is posted during Mental Health Awareness month.) For some, the attempt to discontinue antidepressants is a life-or-death dance. Something in the brain of a person who is discontinuing sends alarming signals. Often these impulses leave one with the singular feeling of rage that focuses on the need to self-destruct or to destroy something or someone else. For those who are discontinuing, if during one of these rage-filled moments, they are lucky enough to cling … [Read more...]

I Knew I Had to Quit Antidepressants When My Mind Grew Dull

Since May is Mental Health Awareness month, I am highlighting my experience with taking antidepressants and how, over time, I concluded they were causing me more harm than they were doing me good and thus decided to get off of them. I had been put on antidepressants by my G.P. during a rough patch (as is the case  for so many for whom these drugs are casually prescribed). I found, over time, that my mind was growing dull, my thinking fogged, and I sometimes found it hard to come up with the r … [Read more...]

Kierkegaard’s Unrelenting Questions About Faith

Today is the birthday of the Danish Christian philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard (May 5, 1813 to – November, 11 1855). Among those who have heard of him at all, he is known for such classic works as Fear and Trembling and Sickness Unto Death.Over his troubled life Kierkegaard stayed true to his faith, but wrestled incessantly with its most visceral implications. As a result of this torment, he died prematurely, exhausted from the test. He was depressed. His unstable childhood ill-prepared him for … [Read more...]

My Struggle with Antidepressants: An Epic Slog

Continuing my series, this Mental Health Awareness month, about my journey to quit antidepressants, this post describes the point when I made the decision to finally be rid of them. A passage from John Milton’s Paradise Lost captures the picture of my relationship with antidepressants at that point, and the struggle to be rid of them: “[You] feel by turns the bitter change; Of fierce extremes, extremes more fierce From beds of raging fire to starve in ice Their soft ethereal warmth, and ther … [Read more...]

Before Starting Antidepressants, Please Think Again

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month and thus is it a good opportunity for me to share what I have learned about antidepressants and how they often frequently worsen the symptoms associated with mental health. You read that right. Many years ago, during a difficult period of my life, I was prescribed by a general practitioner an antidepressant that falls into the category of an SSRI (Selected Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor). From that time until the time I was able at long last to … [Read more...]

Happy St. George Day! And Who Is Saint George?

April 23 celebrates the date of the martyrdom of St. George, a little-known saint by Americans, but one who, through the centuries, has stood as a shining star among all saints. He is also the patron saint of England. His origins, however, are obscure. George is thought to have been a British soldier who was put to death in April a.d. 303, under Diocletian, though the story's origins are uncertain. According to the fifth-century Apocryphal Acts of Saint George, he held the rank of tribune in … [Read more...]