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Anger? It Might Be Abilify

This is a guest post by William Jiang, MLS

Note:This is an opinion-based post. All views expressed are the personal perspective of the author. No medical advice should be implied.

Abilify. It is the single best-selling drug of all time. From April 2013, through March 2014, sales of Abilify (official name, aripiprazole) totaled $6,885,243,368.Angry? It Might Be Abilify

That is, Abilify made almost 7 billion in one year.

At the end of 2014, Abilify had been on sale for almost 14 years. Abilify at high doses is used for things like psychosis and at low doses for making anti-depressants work better.

It is a quite impressive drug on many levels. One of its major actions is a “goldilocks” action where it regulates dopamine so that levels are neither too high nor too low in the brain.

16 Years on Abilify

I took it  from 2001 until July 2017. However, after helping me for most of that time, it turned my life into a living nightmare: I became homicidal once again due to extreme rage. I’m lucky I survived and nobody got hurt. Let me share my little story with you. Maybe it can help somebody you know. Maybe it can help you.

Seventeen years ago, I was homicidal and suicidal due to Seroquel, as I talked about in my best-selling autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope.

A friend advised me that it was a dangerous drug, so I kept that in mind when all of a sudden my personality changed to a homicidal and suicidal man from being a pretty well balanced guy. The change was quite marked and sudden, so I took myself off of 600mg of Seroquel and put myself on a drug that saved my life at the moment: 15 mg of Zyprexa.

I never thought a close call like that would happen again. It did.

The second time was with Abilify- for three years. I struggled with rage a few times on Abilify: mostly homicidal rage. I thought Abilify was letting the rage get through, but it turns out that it was causing the extreme anger.

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE on PsychCentral.com

Avoiding the crushing consequences of studying too hard

As September and the fall semester begins, I remember the rush I had as a university student caught up in the swirl of energy of my fellow students and myself, more than twenty years ago now. A smile lights up my face as I recall, and then I think of a dark joke that my brother taught me his freshman year of MIT.  A professor stands in front of a window after leading a tour around the campus, and he asks the students, “Do you know why MIT’s colors are gray and red?” All the freshmen students shake their heads. Just then, outside of the window, everybody sees a body falling to the cement below. “That’s why.” says the professor.

MIT has a higher suicide rate than the national average, but the joke reflects an underlying truth about campus life all over the United States. According to Collegedegreesearch.net, there are about 1,100 suicides on campuses around the USA each year, and, shockingly, six percent of all undergraduates have seriously considered suicide.  Why is contemplating suicide so common among university students these days? A lot of stress, abuse of drugs and alcohol, as well as underlying clinical depression and anxiety are risk factors. Even if you are a learning machine, my advice is to take time to smell those roses because too much stress will take down even an ubermensch gifted student.

The Statistics

One in four Americans suffer from a serious mental illness during their lifetimes, most often depression or anxiety. Serious mental issues can be triggered by the stress of university or years of workaholism. It is no coincidence that depression is soon to become the number one cause of long term death and disability worldwide by 2020, according to the World Health Organization.

Reading and Mental Illness

University students read a lot. Problem? Maybe. Even high-achieving readers are predisposed to bouts of melancholia, according to medical history. Before the 19th century doctors thought that the mere act of reading books could cause mental instability. See: A Text-book on mental diseases By Theodore H. Kellogg. Also, see Wikipedia’s article on the History of Depression: “Since Aristotle, melancholia had been associated with men of learning and intellectual brilliance, a hazard of contemplation and creativity.”

According to the Census of 1890 about one percent of one percent of the population or one in ten thousand people in all of the United States had a hospitalization for depression. Today approximately one in seven people in the US suffers from clinical depression and the rate keeps going up. In 1890 few people had the opportunity to educate themselves beyond a basic level of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Today, one in four people in the US is a college graduate.  As rates of college graduation go up year to year, so does the figure of people becoming clinically depressed.  The question becomes, what can be done to stay healthy?

Protection: Omega-3 Fish Oil and the Prevention of Clinical Depression

Disclaimer: I worked as a medical library chief  at the leading psychiatric hospital in the United States, New York State Psychiatric Institute/ Columbia Psychiatry, so I have a bad habit of quoting MEDLINE to prove points. From the journal Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity, Epub 2014 Mar 18.: there is a journal article titled “Omega-3 fatty acids and depression: scientific evidence and biological mechanisms” wherein the abstract states that “..several epidemiological studies reported a significant inverse correlation between intake of oily fish and depression or bipolar disorders.”   Free full text of the article is available to anyone who wishes to explore the article in more depth at pubmed.gov .

Back when I was an undergraduate, we did not know as much as we do today about the science behind a healthy brain and body, so we can do much more today than before to keep our minds and bodies healthy. Paradoxically, college students are less fit and more prone to suicide than ever before. According to Collegedegreesearch.net suicide rates for our youth are three times what they were back in the 1950’s, and diabetes rates are going through the roof among the Internet Generation.

If you feel suicidal please Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Editor’s Note: William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at www. mentalhealthbooks.net . He also is editor-in-chief of Mental Health Books Review

 

Recovering from Trauma Must Include Self-Care

By Debra Faes-Dudden

Recovering from trauma is an ongoing process that involves awareness, abreaction,  acceptance, and change on emotional, physical, and psychological levels. Self-care during recovery is essential in order to achieve wellness.  But for many survivors of trauma, self-care needs to be taught during the recovery process because they often have very low self-esteem and self-worth.

Fortunately, as I did the work to heal from trauma, there was attention and guidance given in self-care.  The first symptom of my mental illness was debilitating panic attacks.  I was pregnant at the time and when I had one. It literally brought me to my knees.  My family  physician recommended psychotherapy to learn relaxation techniques versus taking anti-anxiety medication due to the pregnancy.  The psychologist made a tape that involved progressive relaxation exercises combined with breath work.  I practiced the taped exercises three times a day and found they stopped the panic attacks.  After the birth of my son, I continued psychotherapy because I had found a place where there was room for my authentic voice to surface.  Memories of early childhood sexual abuse gradually surfaced in the form of night terrors, flashbacks, body memories and abreactions.  At that time I had two children and a husband to care for as well as a part-time night job that left little time for self-care.  I was so used to taking care of other people all my life I really did not know how to focus on self-care.  I also did not feel worthy of taking the time.  As the years passed I felt more and more anxious.  I found the meditation was not enough to stop the panic attacks so I began anti-anxiety medication.  Some years later I was admitted to the psychiatric floor of a local hospital due to severe dehydration and low body weight.  I was diagnosed as having a dissociative disorder, anxiety, and depression.  I was told I needed to take care of myself and went on to learn that taking care of one’s self means becoming aware of what one needs in each moment of the day  and giving it to one’s self.  Recovering also meant working on my self-esteem and self-worth.  In time, I came to acknowledge that I am important and worthy of good health, joy and nurturing from other people.

As part of the recovery work, I compiled a list of activities and ideas for emotional, psychological, and physical health that I gained from what people have told me and ideas that best fit my authentic self and unique needs (see below).  Trauma affects the body, mind, and spirit; therefore, remember that an important part of recovery is in feeling worthy of giving time and attention to one’s self in order to achieve wellness.

ACTIVITIES FOR EMOTIONAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

  • Mantra:  “May I let go and be filled with peace.”
  • Meditate and journal daily.
  • Take 3 deep breaths 5 times per day.
  • Focus to find peace and joy in your home.  
  • Know you are safe.  
  • Stay in the moment.
  • Yoga once a week.  
  • Walk in nature for fresh air, the quietness or to music 3x/week.
  • Get a massage or facial.
  • Dance to your favorite music.
  • Paint how you feel.
  • Listen to birds chirping, waves crashing, fire crackling.
  • Sleep/rest when fatigued.
  • Daydream your desires.
  • Look at the natural beauty around you (sky, trees, flowers, streams).
  • Look at the stars and moon at night.
  • Experience how a work of art moves you.
  • Know that there exists something greater than any negative feeling you are experiencing.
  • Find and commune with people who share your personal spiritual beliefs.
  • Wear comfortable clothes you like.  
  • Ask for a hug when you need one.
  • Feel cool rocks, earth, and flowers.
  • Burn lavender incense.
  • Gather fragrant flowers for your home.
  • Drink comforting herbal tea.
  • Eat comfort foods.
  • Make healthy self-care choices each moment.
  • Say ‘No’ when you need to —  healthy boundaries are ok.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Stop judging, mind-reading, fortune-telling, and catastrophizing.
  • Be aware of what you expose yourself to because it can activate repressed trauma.
  • Put in place a support network.
  • Call help-lines when you need to.
  • Schedule an extra therapy appointment when needed.
  • Focus on healing (release of emotions) in psychotherapy each week.
  • Prioritize when making a ‘to-do’ list, including time for self-care.
  • Socialize with positive people, family and friends you can be yourself with.
  • Laugh and be silly.
  • Remind yourself you are worthy of attention, healing, and joy.

Editor’s Note:  Debra Faes-Dudden is the author of When Cries are Silenced.  It is a book of artwork and poems created during her healing from early childhood sexual abuse.  The book is available in print on Amazon.com.

On Where to Draw Boundaries and Lines in the Sand…

By Dennis Heil

Quite a few people reach out to me in the hopes of gaining some understanding of what their mentally ill loved one is going through. One of the most common strings of questions I receive goes something like this: “Where do I draw the line? How will I know when enough is enough? Where does compassion end and accountability start for destructive behavior?”

There is a simple answer. The line is drawn wherever you want to draw it. That’s as complicated as it needs to be. No one but you can decide what you are willing to deal with. No one but you can decide where your compassion needs to end. You are the only one that can make that decision for yourself, based on your personal circumstances. And if you’re confused and unsure? Get off the internet and talk to a certified mental health counselor about the situation.

There are no internet articles that are going to be able to replace that important knowledge and neutral, third party perspective.

And it would be lovely if the more vocal, compassionate people of the world would stop pushing the romanticized narrative that martyring oneself is a good and noble choice. It’s not. It’s short-sighted and destructive. The stains, wounds, and scars of staying in an abusive situation, regardless of the cause, do not just disappear after. They may linger and continue to be destructive even decades later.

Then you have the generic, blanket advice to clearly state one’s boundary and enforce it. Okay. And if the other person is a skilled manipulator who can gauge how to coast just below that boundary to be destructive, but without overstepping? What about people who have been in emotionally abusive relationships that have been conditioned by an abusive partner to bend their boundaries?

Blanket statements can cause a person to give up far too much information to someone who may be adept at wielding that information as a weapon to harm. Anyone who’s been in an abusive relationship knows that honesty is an impossibility in that kind of situation. That person knows that what they say or do can, will, and often be used against them.

Always be wary of who you discuss the issue of boundaries with and treat their words with skepticism. They are not you. It is so easy for someone sitting outside of the situation to tell you to keep going through hell because they believe it’s the compassionate or right thing to do, when they aren’t the one suffering. That’s not their decision to make for you.

And in my personal experience, having listened to the survivors of these situations for years now, women tend to get the worst end of that. For men, it’s typically, “She’s crazy. You should dump her.” For women, it’s typically, “You need to be more supportive and understanding. It’s your job to keep things together.” Which is total BS on so many levels.

Draw the line wherever you want. You are the only one that can decide what you are willing to suffer through. No one else is going to live your life 24/7. No one else is going to have to deal with the consequences of that choice. You are your own person. No one has the right to tell you how compassionate you should or shouldn’t be.

Anyone that would criticize you for choosing your own survival and well-being is not worth listening to.

Editor’s Note: Dennis Heil is the author of the refreshingly insightful and blunt books What They Don’t Tell You About Bipolar Disorder and Everyday Instability and Bipolar Disorder and his informative blog can be found at bipolarmanifesto.com

The Reason Bestselling Author and Former APA President Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman Wrote Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

By Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD
Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Psychiatrist In Chief New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University Medical Center
Past President, American Psychiatric Association

As a psychiatrist who has cared for patients and conducted research for over 30 years, I have published over 600 scientific articles and 10 books for scientists and health professionals, but never anything for the public at large. Then I came to a realization.

Over the course of human history until the latter part of the 20th century, untold millions of people suffered from mental illness and substance use disorders because there were no treatments and little that could be done to help them. However, now that is not the case. We have an array of evidence-based treatments that work, for most mental and substance use disorders. However, because of lack of awareness, shame and embarrassment or lack of access to competent care or insurance coverage, people just aren’t getting them. Imagine if the population of our country was afflicted with infectious diseases like pneumonia, tuberculosis, smallpox and HIV and they did not seek or could not get antibiotics, vaccines or protease inhibitors.

This is the reality for millions of people in the U.S. and around the world and it is a reality that is no longer tolerable. It is simply unacceptable that the greatest barrier to symptomatic relief and recovery for mentally ill persons is not a lack of scientific knowledge or effective treatments, but stigma.

It is for this reason that I wrote Shrinks, The Untold Story of Psychiatry; to tell the fascinating and scandalous story of mental illness, and psychiatry’s efforts to understand and treat them.   Shrinks describes the origins of our understanding brain disorders that affect mental functions and behavior and the evolution of the field of medicine responsible for their understanding and care. It describes psychiatry’s development from a mystical pseudoscience to a bona fide scientifically guided medical discipline that helps people and saves lives, while revealing exemplary case studies of patients. The book also makes an urgent call-to-arms for the public and media to start treating mental illness as a disease rather than a state of mind. As a member of this profession, I think you will find this story incredibly illuminating and inspiring.  

But don’t just take my word for it, here is what some other distinguished authors said.

“Jeffrey Lieberman has produced a masterful behind-the-scenes examination of psychiatry—and, by extension, the human condition. His epic narrative charts the unlikely ascent of the ‘stepchild of medicine,’ paralleling Lieberman’s own professional transformation from eager psychoanalytic student of Freud to neuroscience-minded president of a reformed American Psychiatric Association. A wise and gripping book that tackles one of the most important questions of our time: what is mental illness?

—Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree and The Noonday Demon

This is an astonishing book: honest, sober, exciting, and humane. Dr. Lieberman writes with the authority of an expert, but with the humility of a doctor who has learned to treat the most profound and mysterious forms of mental illnesses. This book brings you to the very forefront of one of the most amazing medical journeys of our time.”—Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies

“Shrinks is a must-read. . . A smart, important, accessible book.” (Patrick J. Kennedy, former congressman, founder of The Kennedy Forum, and co-founder of One Mind).

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/books/review/shrinks-by-jeffrey-a-lieberman-with-ogi-ogas.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-psychiatry-emerged-from-the-wilds-to-become-a-medical-discipline/2015/03/06/dba5733c-b939-11e4-9423-f3d0a1ec335c_story.html

Weekend Edition with Scott Simon NPR 3/14/15

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/03/14/392798128/from-freud-to-possession-a-doctor-faces-psychiatrys-demons

Charlie Rose PBS Interview 4/8/15

http://www.charlierose.com/watch/60542652 http://www.hulu.com/watch/775815

For additional information visit:

http://www.jeffreylieberman.com/shrinks.html

www.amazon.com/Shrinks-Untold-Psychiatry-Jeffrey Lieberman

 

 

 

 

 

Collected quotes from William Jiang, MLS

Money makes the world go round; yet, the love of money is the root of all evil.

‘Tis better to be feared than loved; yet, love conquers all.

The Romans loved their games. When the Senate wanted to mollify the masses, the floor of the Colosseum was soaked by more gladiator blood than usual, to distract the mob from their troubles. By the way, how about those Yankees?

Life explained in a nutshell: Kim Kardashian. An important person. Republicans. Good, down to earth folk anybody would be lucky enough to drink a beer with. Democrats. Fucking liberal faggot loving scum. Fox News. It’s the news.

Murder. Rape. Murder. Rape. Cat up a tree. Murder. Rape. Murder. The weather. Sports. Think about it. This is your local media news all day everyday in the good old USA. The local news is important. Now. Did I miss something?

Remember, blowhard, use your indoor voice indoors.

Shut up. Notice your thoughts as they cross the screen of your mind’s eye. Do not judge. Be impartial. Let them come and go, from nothingness to nothingness. Notice the miracle of your own breath. Know that with breath there is hope. Let go of the future. Let go of the past. Be at peace. Live now, because this moment is all we really have. Carpe diem. Seize the day.

Love. A life without love is empty. It is better to be a poor happy man who is loved and cherishes his life than to be the lone miser who counts his piles of pennies. Cash is cold comfort. You cannot take it with you when you go.

Think for yourself. If you can think for yourself my words are probably merely a reminder of your way of being. If you cannot, you probably don’t realize it anyway.

You are not alone. If  you feel lonely, realize that no one is truly alone, we are all connected to each other by an invisible web of energy and we give each other’s lives meaning  as we interact. Ubuntu, baby.

 

The essence of Brahma is creation, of Shiva, destruction. They are inseparable. One cannot exist without the other.

Good cannot be good without the existence of evil. There must be a choice we have to make, or we would be as sentient as plants, growing towards the sun, without rhyme nor reason.

Each of our lives can be likened to a kind of music. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end to each of our pieces. Some people live a rock song. Others Jazz. Yet others, symphonies. Some play badly. Others are virtuosos. Because our lives run the length of years, oftentimes we hit a sour note and hope we can cover it up quickly and hope nobody notices. Some people diligently study, practice, and conform to their sheet music. Others loosely improvise their melodic structures. There are many popular songs on the radio, yet in one hundred years from now, they will mostly be listening to the songs of the age. Much of our music, although timeless, will have been buried by time, waiting for the curious to listen and enjoy the zeitgeist of our age, once again.

There is a reason that when you take an “O” away from good, you have God. There is a reason son and sun are tied in our theology. Amen.

Most of what is important in life is simple. Only a little bit is simply complicated. Don’t waste your time sweating the small stuff. Be wise, prioritize.

Use the brute’s mind against him by telling him you hate what he hates. He will confuse you for his friend.

I hate the word politics because it is derived from the Latin poly meaning many and tics meaning bloodsuckers. The word was coined in the Roman Senate and yet it holds as much truth now as it did then.

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

Mentalhealthbooks.net interviews Dr. Alan Doyle of Fountain House

Fountain HouseWilliam Jiang: Hi Dr. Doyle, Thank you for coming today. Who are you and what is Fountain House?

Alan DoyleWill, thank you very much for inviting me to speak with you today about Fountain House. I am the Director of Education at Fountain House. It’s an opportune moment for me because of where Fountain House is in its history — for almost seventy years Fountain House has been at the center of defining a model of community mental health, not only in New York City, but especially now as the recipient the Hilton Humanitarian Prize globally. Fountain House is considered a model for community mental health world-wide and as policy on how we should proceed over the next decades  in terms of the structure and care for those with severe mental illness.

William Jiang:  it is really interesting that you brought up the Hilton Humanitarian Award. I wanted to ask you about that because I heard the Fountain House won it recently. Can you say more about the importance of this award?

Alan Doyle:  Yes. Every year the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Identifies a charitable, non-governmental organization that has made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering. In 2014, when it considered the suffering caused by mental illness, it decided that Fountain House and those clubhouses throughout the world that follow its practice offer a real solution for families, for governments, for mental health professionals, and for people living with severe mental illness. We did not come to this award easily. We were nominated for the prize for more than ten years. It was only at the point where the Hilton Foundation learned that the crisis in mental health care had reached such global proportions that mental illness was a topic that needed to be addressed. It chose to shine its light on Fountain House to meet this great humanitarian need and the suffering it causes. Fountain House  is now also working with the World Health Organization for the same purpose.

William Jiang: Can you speak about Fountain House’s work with the World Health Organization?

Alan Doyle: Yes. The pervasive impact of mental illness cannot be understated. It should not only be considered in terms of individual human suffering alone but the impact it has on a nation’s economy, especially in those areas of the world at the lower end of the scale of wealth. So that the seriousness of this illness not only pertains to individual people, but also at the national and international levels. Fountain House has teamed up with the WHO  by jointly publishing a clinical study on the premature death faced by people with mental illness. It is currently writing source materials for government officials and public health practitioners addressing the impact of this condition in terms of solutions.

William Jiang: That is very interesting. As a reminder, this is http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net. I understand Fountain House has two books out. Can you please talk about them as well as where Fountain House is going in the future?

Alan Doyle:  The idea for a book on Fountain House (Fountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice) came to me about 7 or 8 years ago. It became apparent to us that practitioners and policy makers were not clearly understanding our methodology. We call Fountain House a working community. We are located on 47th Street in New York City in the old Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of the City. People come each day to Fountain House: both staff and the members — “members” is how we refer to those individuals within our community who suffer from severe mental illness. And we do what everybody else does. From Monday to Friday from 9 to 5, we have a work day here where we address together the issues faced by people living with mental illness in the community. That is the project  we work on. That’s why we are here today. And for some reason the idea that the normality of the way that we approach treatment for people with serious mental illness is considered not important or not intellectual enough for many academics or mental health practitioners was the reason for wiring the book. this perception is changing with the recognition of the WHO and The Hilton Foundation. We believe that many in the academic community have overlooked the importance of the opportunity for meaningful work that has always played a part in recovery for serious mental illness–for centuries back to the 19th century Paris, France and the   method morale of  Philippe Pinel.  Fountain House taps into these rich social traditions and practices them as a way of helping our members live outside the hospital and in society. So, what the book did then was tap into these rich academic traditions coming out of Psychiatry with Freud and group theory and integrated with Social Work and the Settlement House movement. Fountain House is a settlement house for those living with serious mental illness.

William Jiang: Like Hull House?

Alan Doyle: Like Hull house, exactly! But we practice our services for those with severe mental illness in contrast to Hull House which worked with immigrant populations.

William Jiang: Exciting!

Allan Doyle: We follow the evolution of this thought as to how we tapped into these traditions taking it out of a medical environment into an everyday work environment like our clubhouse here at 47th Street.

William Jiang: Did you want to say anything else?

Alan Doyle: I think there is a serious issue on the horizon that I would like to personally work on and bring to your attention. As we look upon our traditions and  the recognition by the World Health Organization and the Hilton Foundation,  what started to emerge that supports the effectiveness of the intervention of the clubhouse model. That of the original dream in our origins.  Fountain House was never just a program here at 47th Street: Fountain House was an idea in community mental health care with worldwide ramifications. What we’re looking at and challenged by now is how we scale our idea from where we started with one clubhouse in 1948 and then in the nineteen-eighties started the training program which resulted in over 300 clubhouses over score of years later.

William Jiang: Under Mr. Beard?

Alan Doyle: it started with John Beard and then was furthered by his protege Rudyard Propst into a worldwide movement involving hundreds of clubhouses practicing the approach that the was founded here at Fountain House. But for the last 15 years we’ve been stuck at 315 or so clubhouses worldwide. So it is an issue of scale that we are now faced with. I personally have been looking at how we can use education as an intervention to break through this barrier and reopen the gates of expansion that occurred between 1980 and 2000 when we grew to over 300 clubhouses. We need to look at a whole new approach to how we think about replication — in a way that is fiscally responsible for a solitary place in New York City. We want to keep in mind our global mission and how we can in a very practical dollars-and-cents way, think about how to expand community mental health around the world using the clubhouse model of Fountain House,

William Jiang:  That sounds exciting.

Alan Doyle: And yet we can reach out to a larger community. We are looking forward to coordinating with training for others and share our methodologies. We now have video conferencing–it allows us to give our traditional training in a way that we can do it without walls and recreate that early group who brought  the message of Fountain House to other parts of the world and use it to support and re-energize groups to go into areas like South America.

William Jiang: South America?
Alan Doyle: South America only has one or two clubhouses: two in Argentina and also one in Mexico. Think about it- all of South America is going through deinstitutionalization right now, like we did here in the states  in the 1960’s and 70’s. They will have an increasing number of people in the jails who are there not for any criminal activities but because of their mental illness. Also, there will be increased rates of drug addiction and homelessness on the streets. These are all the impacts that the World Health Organization is looking to Fountain House to mitigate. And that’s why we need to find a way of thinking about how we can bring this issue of mental health to the fore for countries at a reasonable cost.

William Jiang: This was an exciting and very interesting  overview of what Fountain House has one and will do in the very near future, hopefully. Thank you so much for talking to me today, Alan.

Alan Doyle: Thank you, Will.

 

 

¿Cómo me curé de la depresión naturalmente?

Yo estaba durmiendo hasta 21 horas por día debido al antidepresivo que estaba tomando para la depresión. Mi médico parecía antipático. No voy a usar la palabra que, en suma, describió este tipo en mi mente. Fui adelante. Seguí tomando el medicamento todos los días durante más de dos años. Yo sabía que tenía  efectos secundarios horribles a pesar de la miríada de antidepresivos que me trataron como el  Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, y Wellbutrin. Tambien, sabia que era mejor usar los poderosos ISRS y agonistas de la dopamina que sin ellos. ¿Por qué? ¿Cómo podría hacer eso? Pues bien, cuando se tiene casi una necesidad absolutamente innegable para poner fin a su propia vida debido a su propio infierno personal en que está viviendo, estar despierto tres horas por día es un regalo. Mejor tres que cero, ¿Verdad?

Dado que en estos días oscuros, he sido capaz de conseguir y permanecer apagado por completo de la farmacoterapia de los medicamentos antidepresivos hace más de dos años. ¿Cómo? He escrito un libro titulado La guía del Bibliotecario Médico: Ansiedad, Depresión, Bipolar, y Esquizofrenia: Nutrición y Terapias Complementarias que enseña a todos mis secretos. Sin embargo, quiero compartir con ustedes las tres cosas principales que me han salvado de la depresión clínica y la única cosa que salvó mi cerebro la última vez que tuve que tomar los antidepresivos. Listo!

Aceite de Pescado- Los Omega-3s de pescado disminuir  la inflamación en el cerebro y el cuerpo y tiene mucho que ver con el metabolismo y la salud del cerebro. Agregue esto a su régimen diario. Actualmente hay 784 artículos específicamente sobre la depresión y aceite de pescado en la base de datos MEDLINE de los médicos Americanos. El aceite de pescado es generalmente conocida, seguro y útil para una multitud de dolencias mentales y físicas. No tome demasiado de él como lo hará diluir la sangre si se toma una cantidad excesiva. Además, por lo general, debe parar el aceite de pescado un par de semanas antes de una cirugía debido a este efecto de la sangre y evitando que la coagulación durante una cirguria no es una cosa buena para sanarle.

Multivitamina con Zinc- Si usted es una mujer usar una multivitamínico para mujeres con zinc. Si eres un niño hacer lo mismo para niños. Si usted es una persona mayor, usar una multivitamina para los mayores con zinc. ¿Por qué? Si usted es deficiente en zinc, esto no es bueno para su hipocampo a cualquier edad y cuando el hipocampo, una estructura importante en el cerebro, no es saludable y  puede ser más propenso a la depresión y actúa sobre los pensamientos negativos. Existe alguna evidencia de que un nivel de zinc saludable ayudará a los niños con Trastorno por Déficit de Atención con Hiperactividad. Por el contrario, si su hipocampo está funcionando bien, debe ayudar a su salud mental en general y hacer que, en teoría, ser mejor en tareas de memoria espacial, (es decir, geometría, cálculo, o arquitectura). No tome más de la dosis diaria recomendada  de zinc, como el zinc por encima de esto nivel puede ser tóxico. Además, siempre verifique que otras píldoras de vitaminas, ya que te pueden empujar sobre la dosis, ya que también contienen zinc. Las otras vitaminas refuerzan la acción del zinc y junto con una dieta saludable como la dieta mediterránea, a la que por sí mismo se ha demostrado que actúa como un antidepresivo, usted acaba de hacer mejor llenar sus vacíos nutricionales haciendo cosas como la reducción de la inflamación que sólo puede ayudarle.

La vitamina D- La mayoría de personas tienen deficiencia de esta vitamina de Sol, especialmente en el invierno cuando los días son largos y el sol es mas débil. Uno también podría ser deficiente si viven en un clima más frío y tienen la piel más moreno. O bien, la persona con niveles bajos de vitamina D puede simplemente estar en el interior de su oficina demasiado, sin suficiente luz solar. En los Estados Unidos una de cada dos personas no obtiene suficiente vitamina D. Mi madre siempre me dijo que las personas que vivían cerca del ecuador son más felices, en general. Resulta que hay algo de verdad en esto, como muchas, muchas personas en climas más fríos, como Suecia y otros lugares tienen una incidencia mucho mayor de un trastorno depresivo llamada trastorno afectivo estacional, conocido por el acrónimo SAD en inglés. Hable con su médico acerca de la cantidad de vitamina D es seguro para usted, ya que el exceso de vitamina D, como demasiado zinc es tóxico. Siempre revise sus otras vitaminas como su complejo multivitamínico o complejos vitamínicos especializados, ya que también podrían contener vitamina D. Siempre tenga cuidado con las vitaminas y los medicamentos que usted pone en su sistema, ya que es posible que no lo sepa, pero incluso el agua en exceso puede matar.

Por lo tanto, tuve que volver a la antidepresivo Celexa hace más de dos años. Sin embargo, una cosa que hice diferente esta vez fue para reforzar mis niveles de glutatión con proteína de suero. Por lo tanto, tuve sueño saludable esta vez- no 21 horas por día de sueño. ¡Guauu! Así que, ¿qué es esto glutatión y por qué te importa? Resulta que muchos medicamentos psiquiátricos tales como antidepresivos y antipsicóticos drenan el cerebro y el cuerpo de glutatión, el principal antioxidante en los seres humanos. Esto no es bueno. Por lo tanto, cuando tomé el tipo correcto de la proteína del suero puse ese desequilibrio en equilibrio. Lo que estoy diciendo aquí es que cuando yo estaba durmiendo más de 20 horas por día, que era debido a la acción de los fármacos antidepresivos que agotan el cerebro del glutatión. Así que, ahora si alguna vez realmente necesito un antidepresivo, ya sé qué hacer para mantener un mejor estado de salud.

Escritor William Jiang, MLS es un ex Jefe de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Columbia y autor de 63 libros, incluyendo la autobiografía exitosa Entre la Esquizofrenia y Mi Voluntad: Una Historia de Locura y Esperanza. Un enlace a su página de Autor Amazon y su blog se encuentra en http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net Su pagina de Facebook es https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthbooksdotnet