Well it's made the difference between crippling obsessive thinking/depression/anxiety and not having them, and being able to cope with stressors, in my largely unstressy life, so it works for a few of us.

Yeah, there’s a fine line to be drawn here. My quality of life has been greatly improved by the existence of medication and therapy. Some people need mental health medication the way some diabetics need insulin. On the other side of that line are entities who really are pathologizing normal human states of being, from the people who self-diagnose themselves with autism/ADHD/DID/ABC/BBD/theEastCoastFamily in order to feel special to BigPharma providing incentives to MDs to prescribe certain drugs. I hesitate to overcorrect the latter and say that BigPharma is unequivocally bad, because, you know, that’s why polio is back.

I don't think this is referring to actual psychiatric conditions. More that modern discourse encourages everyone who is sad to think they're depressed, everyone a bit nervous thinks they're having panic attacks, everyone who isn't the life and soul of the party thinks they have autism etc.

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The only difference between this and “actual psychiatric conditions” is a matter of degree, scale, luck of the draw with your therapist, or your insistence.

Yep. I've tried to go without meds twice in my adult life, and my ocd became crippling again; I think I'd be dead or a serious drug addict without. Men taking estrogen for their fetish is nothing like using antidepressants, and it's ignorant/cruel to suggest otherwise.

What if I suggested that women with trauma taking testosterone was similar to giving out tranquilizers to anxious housewives?

There is a link. I'm sorry if you can't see it.

Have you read Dr Jess Taylor’s work on exactly this subject? Her most recent book is called Sexy but Psycho and is about the pathologisation and medicalisation of women’s experiences and trauma.

She also doesn’t believe that any mental health diagnoses (outside of those caused by brain injury or genetic etc) actually exist. It blew my mind at first but I am inclined to agree with her and you.

OCD isn't just "anxiety", and feeling like you're qualified to determine who is and isn't helped by medication is a dangerous pastime.

Yeah, I was going to say the same thing. I'm pretty sure "the next person" wasn't walking around with anxiety that was causing them to have panic attacks, sleep only four hours a night, vomit, and drop to an unhealthy weight. Some of us have had objectively bad mental health issues that deserve serious treatment. At one point I finally found a med that was giving me 6+ hours a sleep a night and I cried tears of joy. I told a friend about this success and their response was, "that's really a cop out, drugs aren't the answer, you should just drink some tea instead, works for me!" Okay.. good for you, but have you had all the difficulties that I've had? I promise you I've tried all the holistic treatments and I don't appreciate being shamed for seeking out a better quality of life. Not to mention chronic sleep deprivation and high cortisol increases your odds of developing pretty much every disease. Honestly though, someone's situation doesn't have to be extreme to seek help, anyone who feels that they have mental blocks that are holding them back from living the life they want to lead should explore therapy.

Yeah. Mine is ultimately not that bad. But it has BEEN bad and I would rather not be constantly thinking about walking into traffic, thanks. A low SSRI dose seems to be the difference between can cope and catastrophising, and to help give me the, uh, spoons to use good mental health techniques and be able to take good care of myself.

Some people really don’t see the difference between “when I did this then I found…” and “if you do this then you’ll find…”