There is something for which I need to publicly apologize to myself. There was a time when I was so ill because of chemical sensitivities that I could not sleep. Lots of people can keep going physically on very little sleep. Where we suffer the most, however, is mood. I lost so much sleep that I fell into a brutal depressive state. I knew what was wrong with me. I just needed to sleep. And my body needed a break from toxic chemicals. Many of my family and friends, however, were convinced that I had gone off the deep end and was in serious need of psychiatric help. To their credit, it’s hard to blame them. They just wanted my suffering to end.
Eventually, because I was so miserable and felt so much pressure, I caved in and began to concede that, yes, I was merely a severely depressed hypochondriac who needed meds right away. I said it even though I didn’t believe it. I said it because I was in desperate need of love and support, and it seemed that the only way I was going to get that was if I denied what I knew deep inside. I betrayed myself to the point of admitting myself into the hospital for depression although my intuition was telling me that it was the worst possible place for me.
My intuition had been correct. The hospital experience was nightmarish to the extreme. On the night when I first tried Risperdal, an antipsychotic, I had a dream. I saw a capsule being pulled apart and granules from inside the capsule spilling down in a shower as a voice spoke the words “this is not a way to live, this is a way to die.” My mind was desperately trying to communicate with me, and it was too late for me to pay heed to it. I was incarcerated in a place where pills are the only way out.
The day after I had the dream, I had a very dangerous reaction to the Effexor with which my doctor was experimenting. I began to feel extremely light-headed and sick. I assumed my blood sugar was off, so the nurse tested it and it was perfectly normal. She then tested my resting heart-rate. It was a whopping 160 beats per minute. Shortly after that, I scared my fellow patients with a strange episode which I never reported to the doctor. It felt like a seizure. Obviously, taking any more Effexor was out of the question.
I had two doctors and at least one counselor confirm what my intuition had told me from the beginning: I should never have gone to the hospital. It was not a place for me. Medication simply does not help me, it only hurts. I had never really been a danger to myself. I just needed to sleep.
So, to myself I say this: I am so very sorry! Next time I will try to listen.
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