welcome to you all. i could no longer afford my domain at http://www.invinciblesummers.com, so here I am back at wordpress.
this is a blog focusing on mental illness and trauma. and the stigma and discrimination that still exists. i frequently voice my concerns on big pharma. as a victim of their dangerous psychiatric medications and tactics-i choose to no longer remain silent. i encourage everyone to find their voice. i also encourage everyone to find their own path as I am not a doctor.
a little background on my “mental illness”
i was diagnosed with depression at the age of 13. raped at 15 which only heightened my depression. diagnosed with double depression in my mid to late 20s. at 30 received yet another diagnosis: bipolar. somewhere in between all of the above i was also diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
i have been on numerous medications for nearly 20 years, all of which worked temporarily or not at all: abilify, celexa, lamictal, effexor, seroquel, lexapro, remeron, prozac, paxil, zoloft, wellbutrin (allergic reaction which required a hospital visit) and honestly there have been others but my memory fades me. i’ve seen the best and worst psychologists and psychiatrists. spent thousands and thousands of dollars out of pocket, again, thanks to the lack of mental health parity. quit therapy around 2004 when my therapist fell asleep during our session.
today i no longer take psychiatric medications. instead i rely on flax oil, multi vitamins and acupuncture (when i can afford it) i have found acupuncture works better than any medication i’ve ever been on.
FYI: any reference to “swain” in my entries is my husband, we quietly married (not on paper-for many reasons) in September of 2006.
i love quotes and one of my favorites would be an albert camus quote:
In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer. hence, the title of my website.