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#TBT: To The Time I Got Put On Anti-Psychotics For Being “Tired.”

By September 30, 2015 1

Hello America,

We need to talk about our mental health system.

You may have heard about Kam Brock’s lawsuit against New York City. To quickly summarize the bizarre and surreal events. Brock was pulled over in Harlem for suspicion of driving while under the influence of marijuana, causing her 2003 BMW 325Ci to be seized. The following day, as she went to pick up her car, the 32-year-old who was described as “eccentric” was cuffed and put in an ambulance because she was acting like an “emotionally disturbed person”. According to her medical records, for eight days, she attended group therapy, endured injections of sedatives, and took Lorazepam and Lithium.

Now this topic may still be taboo for some, but I too have been put on anti-psychotics before. At the time, I was working three jobs totaling to about 84 hours a week. I slept on average four hours a day, lost 20 pounds, and had no appetite for a course of two months. Any person with a background of at least two minutes of any psychology class, can easily see that I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. At last, it happened. And of course since I am a perfectionist it was an epic disaster.

Long story short, they had to sedate me. When I woke up, I was immediately put on Seroquel, (which is licensed for the treatment of schizophrenia and manic episodes). Because of the medication, I temporarily lost the ability to read/write and formulate an audible sentence. I had a hard time comprehending basic questions and completing simple tasks. Because of my good behavior they decided the next best course of treatment, was to DOUBLE my dosage in a matter of 36 hours.

Now have you ever taken a medication and the bottle read, “If you experience any of these symptoms please contact your medical provide?” Well, I experienced 100% of those symptoms, which resulted with the stroke unit being called and an emergency MRI. The Neurologist then explained to me that my body was not responding to the medication well and ordered it off my daily medication list immediately. That night I was given a Benadryl and woke up feeling tremendously better.

The next morning my brilliant psychiatrist heard what happened over the night and said, “Well, since that didn’t work I think we’ll put you on Lithium”…….. Yes Lithium! I of course being back to my normal rested self knew it was time for me to get the hell out of the there.

My entire stay, they never factored in my work schedule, stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep. The main focus was more so what occurred during my breakdown rather the actual cause of the breakdown.

This is a HUGE problem.

It should never be acceptable to give anti-psychotics to control someone after evaluating him or her for 4 hours. When did we normalize this? Why are doctors so fast to prescribe such powerful medications?

To quote a previous post,If you can identify why you are crying, you do not need a pill. In fact, you probably aren’t even depressed. You’re probably just sad. You’re likely just experiencing human emotion”

Granted, I know there are people out there who rely on medication, because bi-polar and schizophrenia are in fact real diagnoses but what is the appropriate time frame during which we diagnose and treat those disorders?

We need to reevaluate our mental health system.

Click here to read more about Kam Brock




  • Rakeela Deskairn

    The problem is narcissism. Some people feel entitled to control the lives of others with their superior insight, and like iron filings to a magnet, these people are drawn to the profession of psychiatry. It is one of the few professions where people get to control the lives of strangers. Once they get in, you end up with situations like this.

    The problem is that a narcissist can see how a patient’s breakdown affected them, but they can’t understand the patient’s perspective. They resent the stress that they experienced from being witness to a patient having a breakdown. They see the breakdown as something to be eliminated by whatever means necessary. The idea that they might have made a snap judgement which didn’t reflect the patient over any longer span of time is not available to them. They cannot see that their judgement may need to be re-evaluated.

    This is thankfully not the only reason people go into psychiatry, but it is a real and terrible minority in the profession that I wish was the subject of more concern. Instead, people who worry about narcissists in caring professions are typically accused of being conspiracy theorists. This “conspiracy theorist” accusation is classic DARVO… a strategy strongly associated with narcissistic influences!