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May 6, 2017

Psychiatric Medication Almost Killed Me THREE TIMES!

I was diagnosed with Clinical Depression at the end of 1999. I started on the anti-depressant medication Celexa. At first I felt better as if the world was a better place and I was going to get the help that I so desperately needed but it didn’t take long before I was experiencing all kinds of side effects. The most nagging side effect was fatigue. Most days I would have to nap during the day just to get through. I was so exhausted that I actually fell asleep at the wheel TWO TIMES! Thankfully the first time it happened I drove over the rumble strips on the side of the road and I quickly awoke to steer myself straight.

The second time I suddenly woke to find myself heading toward the side of a bridge overpass. I know that these medications can cause fatigue but this was severe and threatening my life and potentially the life of others as I was a danger on the road at times.  

The fatigue was horrible and obviously not something very appealing but I soon began to experience much worse side effects from the medication. I began to feel extremely agitated and my moods would swing rapidly. I was up; I was down; I didn’t know how I would feel from moment to moment. I began to experience what is called rapid cycling where my moods would cycle very quickly from moment to moment. This rapid cycling continued as I went unnoticed from the psychologist because I had previously been doing better and did not need as much therapy. I began to spiral down. After 9 months on Celexa I became so hopeless that I didn’t believe I could be helped. I had followed the standard treatment for mental illness by going to therapy and taking medication and yet it wasn’t working. In fact, I was getting worse – much worse – until I felt so hopeless that I thought the only means of escaping the pain was to take my life. On September 6, 2000 I took a bottle of pills in an attempt to end my life.

Misdiagnosed!

I later discovered that I was misdiagnosed and truly suffering from Bipolar Disorder. In fact, it is quite common to diagnose Bipolar Disorder after an individual suffers these extremes while taking an anti-depressant without having a mood stabilizer along with it. It took an attempt on my life before the proper diagnosis was made. Actually, for the most part, there is no real scientific way of diagnosing mental illness. Mental illness is diagnosed based on a list of symptoms as spelled out in the latest DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) which continues to add more and more diagnoses with each new edition printed.

What is most troubling to me is that so many of these symptoms are often due to underlying issues in the body that are completely curable and yet mental illnesses such as Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia are known to be incurable! I was told there was NO CURE! I was told that I would need to take medication for the REST OF MY LIFE; that I would need to be on an anti-depressant along with a mood stabilizer; that I would not be treated with therapy if I did not take medication.

I’m proud to say that I HAVE NOT TAKEN ANY PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION since September 6, 2000! I left my therapists office with the new diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and a script for Prozac and Lithium and I NEVER FILLED THE PRESCRIPTION! That may have been one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my entire life! I cannot and do not want to know what my life might be like had I continued on medication.

You Can Heal Naturally!

Instead I went on to study everything I could on mental illness and how I could heal naturally. I studied nutrition and the brain, how food effects your mood, how the health of the body systems effect brain chemistry, the effects of heavy metal toxins on the brain, how vitally important the digestive system is to the health of the brain, and anything else I could learn on the topic. I have studied this since that very day almost 17 years ago now.

The Lord has given me great knowledge in this area to help me to heal from mental illness. I no longer have Bipolar Disorder. I used to have all the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder. I don’t deny that the diagnosis at the time was accurate but I no longer have those symptoms because I’ve healed the root causes that were producing the symptoms from blood sugar instability to heavy metal toxicity to severe digestive problems and food sensitivities.

There are dangers to taking psychiatric medications which do not heal the body and that can often cause more harm than good.  Learn how to heal your body and brain naturally in the book No More Loss: Preventing Suicide by Building a Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit. I would love to help you on your journey to freedom! There is HOPE! YOUR BODY AND BRAIN CAN HEAL!