84 Capacities That Returned to Me When I Got Off Psychiatric Drugs

In order for an experience to create a life mission and strong sense of purpose, it has to affect you to the core. Though I was only on psychiatric drugs for a few years of my life (and the very lowest “clinical” doses available), they affected me so strongly and took away so much that I could never forget or simply leave that experience behind me.

I share this list, not to torture people who are on them or struggling to get off, reminding them of how much is being taken away (or could be taken away), but rather to validate the desire that many have to not take these substances and to be supported in better ways.

I share this to validate how very necessary it is to create better systems for being with trauma and to facilitate the withdrawal process for those who would like to come off in every way we possibly can.

When I was on a psychiatric drug cocktail at age 21-22, I lost the abilities to do the things on this list with any regularity.  Many of these things I could not do at all.

Once I got off of them, slowly and carefully, which was quite tedious and difficult, all of these capacities returned to me.

1. Reading

2. Thinking clearly

3. Communicating my thoughts with others directly

4. Night vision

5. 20/20 vision during the day

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6. Eating all kinds of foods

7. Traveling

8. School work

9. Graduating college

10. Writing

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11. Developing friendships

12. Developing romantic relationships

13. Walking more than one block

14. Aerobic exercise

15. Weight lifting

16. Discernment about what to eat and which supplements to take

17. Being attractive to others

18. Showering regularly

19. Brushing my teeth twice a day

20. Changing my clothes

21. Dressing nicely

22. Understanding my own experiences and being able to communicate them

23. Empathy for others

24. Intuition

25. Grasping and formulating complex concepts

26. Teaching others from my experiences

27. Yoga

28. Doing artwork

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29. Dancing

30. Singing

31. Computer skills

32. Awareness of some current events

33. Appreciation of music

34. Sexuality

35. Leaving the house and socializing

36. Meeting new people

37. Trying new things

38. Seeing a future

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39. Caring about people

40. Caring about principles

41. Feeling sad

42. Feeling excited

43. Feeling calm

44. Being awake during most of the day.

45. Researching topics and discerning accurately what is relevant to me

46. Working for money

47. Committing to regular activities/classes/meetings

48. Falling in love

49. Having creative goals

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50. Learning

51. Grocery shopping

52. Detangling my hair

53. Expressing my feelings

54. Doing my dishes

55. Cleaning

56. Being able to benefit from subtler health treatments like acupuncture, homeopathy and organic herbs

57. Eating healthy

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58. Loving people

59. Attracting friends

60. Engaging socially and feeling (somewhat) “normal”

61. Caring what’s going on in the world/my city

62. Caring about other people’s needs and acknowledging them

63. Being able to talk about my life without using unproven “mental health” pseudoscience jargon

64. Being able to see fact from fiction

65. Writing down and finding meaning in my dreams

66. Smiling for real

67. Wanting to help others

68. Caring about my life, health and future

69. Praying

70. Believing in God/Higher Power/Angels/Being guided

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71. Having faith in myself and my life

72. Inspiring trust in others

73. Inspiring creativity in others

74. Typing fast

75. Journaling

76. Shaving

77. Wearing deodorant

78. Regular menstruation

79. Awareness of moon cycles

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80. Sexual arousal

81. Normal hair growth

82. Immunity

83. Cooking

84. Staying out of the house all day

May all beings be free to choose, and to choose with true informed consent, which cannot be expected from a doctor or medical care provider, but must be gotten with a combination of research, self study, intuition, personal accounts and fierce, unbiased logical analysis.

We must take back science from under the fist of commercials and indirect advertising.

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Comments

  1. WOW! I should print out this list and highlight the one’s that apply to me. My psychiatrist doesn’t agree with my decision to off of anti-psychotics. she always quotes back to me canned jargon about preventing relapse, being stable, and schizophrenics becoming violent. I’ve tried to explain to her several times that I am mentally healthier off of she anti-psychotics and it’s as if she just ignores my concerns and spews back her mumbo-jumbo.

    I’ve tried to relay to her about studies that show that psych med-reduction improves functioning; that schizophrenics are more likely to be attacked than to attack; that the medicine she had me on says right in it’s pharmaceutical insert that it reduces intellectual functioning and can cause diabetes, amongst other things; that I was diagnosed with diabetes on the medication; that part of my hand went numb, and has remained that way since, due to the medication; that I am more active, alert, and articulate off of the medication; and that I went 7 years untreated after my first psychotic episode, and have experienced both being untreated and treated, and prefer being untreated; that studies show that schizophrenics recovery rate is about the same whether treated or not; etc. But it’s like talking to a wall with her.

  2. OOps, I need to edit that doc.

    WOW! I should print out this list and highlight the one’s that apply to me. My psychiatrist doesn’t agree with my decision to go off of anti-psychotics. She always quotes back to me canned jargon about preventing relapse, being stable, and schizophrenics becoming violent. I’ve tried to explain to her several times that I am mentally healthier off of anti-psychotics and it’s as if she just ignores my concerns and spews back her mumbo-jumbo.

    I’ve tried to relay to her about studies that show that psych med-reduction improves functioning; that schizophrenics are more likely to be attacked than to attack; that the medicine she had me on says right in it’s pharmaceutical insert that it reduces intellectual functioning and can cause diabetes, amongst other things; that I was diagnosed with diabetes on the medication; that part of my hand went numb, and has remained that way since, due to the medication; that I am more active, alert, and articulate off of the medication; and that I went 7 years untreated after my first psychotic episode, and have experienced being both untreated and treated, and prefer being untreated; that studies show that schizophrenic’s recovery rate is about the same whether treated or not; etc. But it’s like talking to a wall with her.

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