I am not a trained, certified mental health professional. I am not a medical professional. I am not a legal professional. I do not provide medical advice or legal advice of any kind. I do not provide crisis services, therapy, diagnosis, or any other type of clinical assistance. The only person who can make the right decisions for a person’s mental health care are that person with a licensed mental health professional.
By accessing any of my material or services, you agree that your decisions about your life and mental health are yours alone. What I offer and provide is intended for informative purposes only. Speak to your mental health professional BEFORE you make any changes to the way you manage your mental illness, medication, or treatment.
The material and services I provide are intended to help get other people pointed in the right direction, nothing more. I am a mentally ill person with lived experience and reasonable knowledge of many aspects of life with mental illness, seeking meaningful help, and the confusing gray area that surrounds it all.
I have NEVER told another person if they should increase or decrease their meds; I HAVE kept several people from making catastrophically bad decisions with their meds, by convincing them to talk to their doctor if they wanted to come off of it or change it.
I have NEVER told someone what mental illness they have; I HAVE told them that they needed to speak to their doctor about what they were telling me. The two phrases I have used most in the course of my work are “You need to tell your doctor everything you just told me” and “I’m not qualified to comment on that.”
I have enough academic knowledge that I’ve acquired in my own studies to understand exactly how much I do NOT know. The body of knowledge I provide is context that many mental health professionals and people cannot articulate well because they don’t have lived experience. In fact, I would say a majority of the people that reach out to me are already seeing health professionals.
What Medication Do You Take?
I have decided to stop answering this question. The answer is entirely irrelevant. It doesn’t matter what I take, how much of it, what side effects I experience, or anything else because it has ABSOLUTELY NO RELEVANCE TO ANYONE ELSE BUT ME. You will not know what a medication does to you or what side effects it has until you take it, as prescribed, for as long as it takes to reach a therapeutic range. Body and brain chemistry are very individual things. As a result, you can give 100 mentally ill people the same dosage of a medication and come up with 100 different results. The only way to know is to try a medication for yourself. A medication working well for me means absolutely nothing to you.
Any information you see presented on this site is used with express permission from that person. Do NOT use your full or real name in public spaces (such as blog comments or forums) when discussing mental illness. Search engines can and will associate your name with the posting and it will turn up if someone, such as a loved one or a potential employer, looks you up. I will not sell or share any of your information with anyone. I do not share information between family members or people that know each other who I deal with.