The limitations of medication

I think there’s an urgent need to better acknowledge the limitations of medication and to look beyond the symptoms used to arrive at a diagnosis to the broader emotional and social effects of (severe) mental illness.


So far, there are no cures for mental illness. We can only treat the symptoms.

I think my therapist is pretty good at this. We talk about what is difficult for me and not just symptoms and meds.

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Especially the social. It is naive of the medical profession to think that drugs are going to solve the problems of schizophrenia. Maybe this is a deliberate naivete on the part of the psychiatrists. We need to be rehabilitated.


My ex pdoc said I shouldn’t do psychoanalisys therapy because I already have too much insight, my current pdoc doens’t really know for sure if I will take something out of it. I’ll try anyway, see what good can come out of it. Meds alone aren’t enough for me.

My current psychiatrist has given up on more meds for me.

She is comfortable with Risperdal for me, but feels as some of the other meds like anticonvulsants and antidepressant type meds wont help me so much and could worsen my condition.

It almost seems like my current psychiatist knows that these meds have limitations - Different meds have actually made me worse in the past, I have to be careful.

Medication is part of an imperfect solution.

But it’s still part of the best solution.


@barbiebf posted an article about a complex illness map developed for depression by Michigan State and MIT. It diagrammed various genetic, environmental, social, cognitive and somatic factors that contributed to and reinforced depression. It was fascinating and, well, depressing. I would really love to see something similar for sz and psychosis.

I keep seeing articles that say things like, sz is 8 different illnesses lumped together under one diagnosis. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something explaining what those illnesses are, what their hallmarks and etiology are. Has anyone seen this?

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