After a month of life-threatening struggle, my new doctor at Columbia Psychiatry saved my life. Listening and understanding me better than other doctors, he had the deep knowledge of the medicines I do well with better than any other doctor I have ever had. My life was at risk from a side effect of Navane. The side effect is a tardive dystonia which can be caused by antipsychotics, especially the older ones, where especially at night my tongue violently contracted. I was in danger of choking to death on my own tongue. For 25+ years, I had been taking Navane. For me, it has been by far the best medicine. Some time back in an attempt to take care of me, other doctors had tried me on Clozaril. I ended up in a cardiac ICU for a blood pressure of 50/30 or less, some insanely low number. Clozaril is a great medicine for many, many people. It is not for me. Last month, I was put on 4mg of Risperdal; when that didn’t work out well, 20 mg of Saphris. I did not do well on these medicines; I even ended up in the hospital for a week and a little more. When I finally got out, my new Columbia Psychiatry doctor put me back on my old friend 10mg of Navane. To control the life-threatening tongue contractions he put me on 25 mg of Benadryl. It worked!!! Last year I was over 260lbs; and now because of a Spartan diet and exercise program, I am down to much healthier 222 lbs as of today. I want to reiterate how lucky I feel to live close enough to Columbia Psychiatry to make use of their services. I want to say there are doctors and there are doctors. Thank you to my new great Columbia Psychiatry doctor!! You are a real lifesaver!!
I want to share with you my new gained knowledge; this why I love to write! I write my books for others, but I also write them for my own knowledge. How so? I used to suffer from severe clinical depression between the years of 2008-2011. I took lexapro and wellbutrin. At the end of 2011 my depression was getting worse. I was about to start a competitive second masters in the Baruch Zicklin MBA program. At this time, I had almost uncontrollable urges to throw myself in front of subway trains, off of bridges, and out of windows. I taught myself some natural healing techniques to go along with the most basic intervention, the star that is Omega-3 fish oil. I have not been depressed or anything resembling suicidal since that time at Baruch @ Aug 28, 2013. It is now 2018, almost 5 years later. I thought it was time to share that big success on my blog with my readers. Also, sometime, around 2010 I had to take a dose of Navane up to 23 mg per day, with an average dose of 15 or more mg. Now, I take the “minimum” effective dose, which I mentioned before which is 10mg. The highest dose of Navane I have ever taken was 40mg. So, I have cut the amount of antipsychotic drugs drastically, also using natural techniques that I write about in my book Guide to Natural Mental Health.
Currently, I am in the process of finishing up the 4th edition of The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Natural Mental Health, so please wait to get that book as the third edition is old news. I am very excited for this book to hit Amazon, because the book has a lot more great information that I have learned since the 3rd edition. If I am lucky, I may have Dr. Lieberman, the former APA President write the foreword. Finally, I am starting book number 66 which will be titled “William Jiang and the Gammacore”, which will detail the true story of how I discovered how external Vagal Nerve Stimulators like the Gammacore can sometimes control severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). I am committed to writing for wellness and healing, for myself and others, and I am fortunate I have much to share with you. I am blessed to feel so well today. Happy 2018! Salud y felicidad para ustedes este año nuevo!
Author William Jiang, MLS quoted in the NEW YORK TIMES
William Jiang, MLS is currently 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