Originally Posted by Martha
I am just wishing for better solutions and better lives for people in such pain.
i do not mean to imply that everyone who considers themselves to be jesus is really jesus, but could it be that sometimes what we consider to be a psychotic break might not simply be a shamanistic-type experience or simply a moment of realization gone awry which might be better handled through other means than hospitalization and drugs? while i recognize that some will be a danger to themselves and society if not medicated, perhaps others just need more information instead of more prescriptions.
my own family suffers a variety of psychiatric conditions. i've one cousin who suffers some form of what might be labeled psychosis but he has learned to function well enough in society as a "healer" and so-called tantric master. it won't earn much of a living but it gets him through a day.
my grandmother was manic depressive at a time when lithium was experimental. for a short period the drug was taken off the market during which time grandma killed herself. (her mother also killed herself though i don't have many details of greatgrandma's life.) mom utilized the services of psychiatrists & psychologists from when she was a little kid until alzheimer's took over. she took mood enhancers and sleeping pills as needed.
they tried to put me on some form of lithium when i was in my 20s. but instead, and with help, i learned to control my thinking sans the use of drugs. i didn't just suffer manic-depression, but also i was born as a lucid dreamer, conscious in my dreaming and so i could easily have wound up psychotic & hospitalized for life hadn't i the resources both internally and external to gather enough information & understanding to ground myself.
i suspect some are hospitalized simply because either they got lazy or others gave up on them. i suspect others become dependent upon the drugs and i am suspicious of a society which is so quick to administer them. i have learned through my own experience that even when we are born with a chemical imbalance, that simply by reaching further inside ourselves, we can learn to control and even fix what western drugs & hospitalization might only camouflage.