Questions for the Psychiatrist 🗣 👩‍⚕️

Monday I’m back at my psychiatrist and I’m hoping that to get an answer to these questions and not a series of ‘hmmm’, ‘ok’ and basically fuck all 👌

1. What are the long term effects of Depakote you’re aware of? I have a list of my own that we can compare.

2. Is there any validity to the claim that antipsychotics and anticonvulsant medication is potentially taking between 9-20 years off the life expectancy of people who suffer from Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia? This is more severe than smoking 40 cigarettes a day

3. What is the reasoning behind the fact I was placed in the highly vulnerable group for the priority of administrating the Covid vaccine? Is my immune system compromised by Depakote?

4. Is there a plan in place for my treatment or am I going to be sedated for the foreseeable future with a drug that slows down my brain synapses? Is there any improvement being made in the sense that my Bipolar Disorder is being rectified or is it still there, still as serious as it always was, just masked by a pharmaceutical remedy and not being cultivated towards being cured?

5. My blood tests so far have been absolutely spot on. My GP is very happy with them. I’ve not though had any further questions asked regarding my mental illness. Do you not think it would be proactive to engage with patients by asking them to do a weekly multiple choice questionnaire et al? I know it’s not easy to do it but it could be voluntary and anonymous. It would give a spectrum of responses from people in different states possibly? I know that I have periods of absolute clarity and the desire to propose and suggest ideas and be proactive. Then I get the periods of nothingness and absolute wilderness that would have an introvert looking like a party animal. This is why I now write things down. The reason I am able to describe the depressed periods i’ve been in is because I have moved towards the other end of the spectrum. So just because I don’t have the capability to convey my feelings at the time, I can later on. I believe that it would be a benefit for both professionals and patients, even if a trial run was considered for say a dozen patients. Information from someone who is experiencing the issue is the only true description of it. The most decorated mental health professionals in the world can write papers and books about the subject. They will however, never write a book as realistic and as matter of fact as the one by someone who suffers. Only by doing this will there be a wake up call and a forward march towards getting a better understanding of what they are going through so that more insight can be made. It seems to me like the desire to get to the bottom of mental illness is stagnant and no real proactive attention is available.

Published by Rochdalestu

I’m a 38 year old male who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I have found it as a new chapter in my life that has opened my eyes to a whole new perspective on myself and everything around me.

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