So I would discuss my confusion with these psychologists. I don't remember a thing any of them had to say to me. With the exception of one. I remember her asking if she could hypnotize me. She was young and fresh out of college. I wasn't much younger than her, sixteen at the time. I refused to undergo hypnotherapy and didn't return to a psychologist again but for one session when RLB was deployed, almost twenty years later. It took about ten minutes of this very odd session to conclude no matter what I told this man, he agreed with me and would be persuading me to divorce my husband. He listened like a gossip obsessed girl friend hungry for every juicy detail: "He did that?" "Seriously, he said that?" "Wow, I'm so sorry you've had to endure that."
While I was going through this tumultuous time, I asked several different friends what medications they were on. First off, it was overwhelming to me just how many women I knew that were on various anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs. They all raved about their particular drug. One gave me several different ones to try, though I never did. It didn't sit right with me that one of these drugs was what I needed. I was going through a stressful, sad time of life. But, isn't that life? Isn't developing coping skills and discovering natural means of calming oneself better for you? Isn't God big enough?
So, I write this with the disclaimer that I've never been on these drugs. But I know the circumstances in my life would have made me a prime candidate for them. I know with certainty a doctor would have prescribed them for me. I do have experience with their effects. RLB was prescribed Effexor in conjunction with his pain medications due to his chronic pain. We had that discussion with his pain management doc. It is normal to be on edge when going through this pain. You don't have to endure that. There are drugs available to lessen the effects. Try this and see if you feel better, if you're less irritable etc.
It's been almost a year and he's sick of taking all these drugs. His sleep has been completely messed up from them, he's gained weight, and really just wants to be done with them. So he attempted to stop the Effexor cold turkey. The irritability he had before he started the drug was intensified tenfold. It was awful. Now that I've researched more about these drugs, it is clear why that happened. He'll need to ween himself off for best results.
What is irritating, is that his lab work indicated low hormone levels at the same time the Effexor was prescribed. Do doctors really not know what I have learned in the last week? That low hormone levels can have the same side effects they prescribe these drugs for? That raising his hormone level should have been the first thing suggested? Even though there are non pharmaceutical ways of doing that? Call me skeptical.
I took the three hours necessary to watch this video, The Marketing of Madness. Please do so yourself. Please invest three hours to learn what is behind the wonder drugs you or your children have been prescribed. I can't comprehend someone not taking the time to learn. If I were on these drugs and suffering obesity and sleeplessness and the myriad of other side effects, I would devour everything on the website I've linked. Matter of fact I have and I'm not even on the drugs. If you are drugging your child, you are complicit in every side effect and life altering challenge your child will endure. You have a responsibility to get all the education available and make decisions for your child's health. You disgust me if you refuse.