Should a person with poor eyesight refuse glasses because that wouldn’t be their true ability to see?
Should a person without the ability to stand refuse a wheelchair because that wouldn’t be their true ability to move?
Should a person with emotional difficulties refuse…
While I appreciate the point you’re trying to make, I feel that’s not really fair on the other points, especially those who are in wheelchairs.
I’d rather have medication side effects than the pressure sores from a wheelchair. Google them.
I agree that I know very little about what it’s like to be in a wheelchair. I don’t know what it’s like to be in a wheelchair and have the side effects of pressures sores because of it. I made the mistake of saying that there were no awful side effects to glasses and wheelchairs, and I fully take responsibility for the ignorant comment I made. Pressure sores do seem like a really awful thing to have, and I think it’s also ignorant to say that you would rather have medication side effects over pressure sores caused from being in a wheel chair. I wouldn’t want either preferably. But it’s difficult to compare the side effects of glasses, wheelchairs, and medications in the first place, which was my initial point. There is a vast array of different side effects that can happen with medications, including suicidal ideations (and even attempts really). So to say that you would rather have those side effects than pressures sores I think is invalidating the suffering that people go through when they choose (or don’t choose depending on the situation you’re in) to take psychiatric medications. Again, those three things are not comparable, and it’s unfair to compare them in the first place.
I think it’s a bit ignorant of you to assume I don’t already experience any of the side effects you’ve mentioned.
Having been on psychoactive drugs for over a year, I feel I have full scope to at least personally say that even though the side effects are terrible, I still feel those in wheelchairs seem (to me) to have it worse off. Please do not assume I’m coming from a background of ignorance.
Actually I didn’t assume that you hadn’t experienced psychiatric medication side effects.
And you don’t really have “full scope” unless you’ve tried every psychiatric medication there is and have received the full blow of every single side effect of those medications. Even I don’t have “full scope” and I’ve been on a lot of psychiatric medications ranging from MAOI’s to SNRI’s to SSRI’s to mood stabilizers to antipsychotic medications receiving a lot of the side effects.
The reason I don’t agree with you is because a number of times, psychiatric medications have made me hallucinate more and try to take my life as well as at other times made me suicidal and try to take my life. If I had been successful any of those times and had actually killed myself, how can any honest person tell me that my suicide as a side effect of psychiatric medications, is better than being alive with pressure sores? Pressure sores from being in a wheelchair are really awful, and I’m sure being contained to a wheelchair must be really incredibly awful too. I’m not trying to invalidate the suffers that someone in a wheelchair has to live with. My continued point that I’ve said over and over again that you seem to be missing is that they are different situations and they are not comparable. It’s not fair for people with vision issues. It’s not fair for people with mobility issues. It’s not fair for people with psychiatric issues.
Suicide is a very serious issue that I don’t take lightly. Being alive (even with suffering) is always better than killing one’s self.
You’re free to feel however you feel but I don’t think having pressure sores is better than having side effects from psychiatric medications. And I don’t think having side effects is from psychiatric medications is better than having pressures sores. They are different situations. They are not comparable.
I’m just going to come out straight and apologise, because I think we’ve misinterpreted each other, and I don’t want to argue with you.
I apologise if you felt my post was belittling people on medication. As you already know, I already have experience of this (albeit yours seems far worse) and I would never EVER tell someone that they should or should not take medication. That is their decision to make, and you should always do what makes you happy. My initial post was trying to suggest that your illness does not define you, so therefore your solution to this illness does not define you and change your ‘true self’. It’s the same reasoning behind saying ‘I have depression’ rather than ‘I am depressed’. I made this post at a time where I felt like my medication was giving me ‘fake emotions’, so therefore I would be ‘fake’, and this is the debate I asked myself during that time.
Again, I apologise if this has caused you any upset, all I can do is try to reiterate the point that I did not make this post to intentionally upset anyone or make sweeping generalisations.
I also apologise for my aggressive manner; I was not prepared for the way people would interpret this, or the amount of backlash I received. It’s all too easy to lash at people when you consider them to be attacking you, and now that I reread my posts, you were just making a valid point about something you interpreted differently to me.