August 24, 2006
The Foil Hat Goes, "Rattle Rattle Rattle"

Fark linked up yet another example of what wobbling off meds really looks like:

Plaintiff Teri Smith Tyler, appearing pro se, filed a complaint in December 1992 alleging a bizarre conspiracy involving the defendants to enslave and oppress certain segments of our society. Plaintiff contends she is a cyborg, and that she received most of the information which forms the basis for her complaint, through ``proteus,'' which I read to be come silent, telepathic form of communication.

With the right meds this person has the potential to lead a relatively normal life. It's finding the right meds that's the real trick. This is significantly complicated by the fact that, unlike somone with diabetes or high blood pressure, people with chronic mental illnesses are generally a complete pain in the ass until the treatments start to work. What makes it worse is you know it's not really their fault, but it can still be a struggle between deciding to help them or drown them.

Posted by scott at August 24, 2006 11:52 AM

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Finding the right drugs is not the most important thing, getting the people to take the drugs is the biggest problem.

Posted by: Pat on August 24, 2006 01:42 PM

Ironically, making them sane once more often just sets them up for their next big meltdown. In normal people, it's human nature to get tired of annoying rituals like taking the same medicines day after day, or to seek to cut costs by not taking their full prescriptions.

But the imbalances that caused their abnormal behavior seldom go away after treatment. They're just suppressed, and come roaring back with a vengeance once the treatment is stopped. And that vengeance is often directed at the very medicines that stabilized them, and the doctors that prescribed them.

The primary reason treatment of mental illness is so difficult is its own self-defeating nature. The only permenant treatment is a kind of lobotimization or reprogramming that drives the patient to always take their meds on time... which most Americans would consider another disorder, not a cure.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on August 25, 2006 12:10 AM

Wouldn't a foil hat crinkle?

Posted by: ron on August 25, 2006 09:37 AM
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