(1) Never force anyone to answer painful questions, without their full-hearted consent; (2) never stop psychiatric drugs abruptly; (3) never neglect to consult your doctor or trusted friend, if you find any of these issues disturbing – this is a website, not a living clinician.
(1) Consent is vital. You wouldn’t dream of doing brain surgery without fully informed consent, nor deeply experienced training – mind surgery can be just as damaging. I narrowly avoided being murdered, because I asked the wrong question at the wrong time.
BE WARNED, however well intentioned, or desperate, you could make things very much worse, just by stirring things too soon. Making sure you first get Consent could protect you, but just be sure you never risk it.
(2) Psychiatric drugs are intended to alter your brain chemicals – if you want to stop them, wean yourself off, very, very carefully. Their side-effects can be worse than the disease – and going “cold turkey”, worse still.
(3) Reading texts can stir painful memories – if this happens to you, make sure you have a reliable shoulder to cry on. If in doubt, consult your doctor – this is not a “help-me” site, it’s a wake up call about deeply disturbing matters.
THIS IS NOT A CLINICAL MANUAL – the cases referred to have been fictionalised, some even borrowed from Jane Austen herself. It’s the pathology that is real enough. The task is to raise awareness, to engineer better healthcare in general. Details which could identify have been changed – they are less important, than the concepts they convey.
DISCLAIMER – PLEASE NOTE – The information in this website is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your doctor.
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