Plodding along

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It’s been a week since I’ve been taking 10mg of Aripiprazole. I’m not sure how I feel about them. I am finding it hard to relax or concentrate. I don’t really want to go back on the Olanzapine as they made me eat loads and put on weight so I will give these a bit more of a chance. Ideally, I would like to come off medication completely in the next month but I’ll have to wait and see whether that is a good idea or not.

My sister, Caroline, told me about Rufus May who is a clinical psychologist with some very radical and interesting ideas about mental health. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a young man and went on to study psychology. He now claims that there is no such thing as schizophrenia. I watched a video where he helps a young doctor who is suffering psychosis to work through her problems without using drugs at all. He says that medication makes people stupid and there are better ways to deal with mental health. You can watch the video here.

I have been staying at my dads this week in Manchester. It was good to see the city again after fifteen years but sad to see that my old halls of residence have been knocked down and the place is quite unrecognisable! I am debating whether to attend a course there next week called A Many Splendored Thing: Writing (Well) About Relationships it is a three day course and I’m not sure if I have enough energy to do it but it sounds great. Tune in next week to see if I go or not!

 

2 thoughts on “Plodding along”

  1. Lovely to talk to you tonight Rosie, and a wonderful website , really interesting to read your story and struggle and so pleased to see things are moving in the right direction . Some of your descriptions of feelings and ideas when unwell and now in recovery are a real great way for people employed in mental health like me to understand the reality of psychiatric terminology. All the best… lawrence

  2. Thanks Lawrence, I really enjoy writing it so its good to know it is helpful for people working in mental health like yourself. Cheers!

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