The “Worse things” that fit me: Problematic childhood, male, family history, young age at onset, flattened emotions, unusual MRI, and poor response to meds. As to the others, I fit in in the “Better” categories. The past 4 or 5 months have shown progress, but the meds thing is still an open battle. Doing the 20 mg of Stelazine thing now. The only APs I haven’t been on are Orap, Latuda, Vraylar, and Rexulti. Of the other US-approved APs, I’ve been on them all. Who knows what it’s done to my brain.
I stopped drinking the Torrey “kool-aid” after I cracked a few more books that counter what he and his medical model cadre have to say about the subject. The debate is certainly not closed on anything in that list.
That list you gave is refutable. I would like to point out one area in particular: fMRI or MRI or CT scans are very controversial, they are grasping at straws, you can read about how and why in several places, but you have to crack other books and actually do research rather than fall in lock step.
I know the founder of this website is really worked up about that book however.
Sheesh. When I lived near Baltimore, some dipshit trademarked the word “Hon’” which many people there use as an affectionate way of referring to another. She named her restaurant “Hon,” and was very bossy about it. She was a real pain in the ass.
I just respond very well to medication. Not only that but I have no side-affects from my abilify which enables to me to go on a very high dosage with no side-affects. I’m lucky. And I take therapy very seriously, whether it’s group or individual. That helps also.
And thank you very much for so doing. Some here need to hear from those who have climbed at least part of the way out of the box. (To counter what they hear from those who believe they are “trapped forever.”)
I’m far from “all” the way out. But I keep trudging.