Day 24: What is your opinion on alternative treatments or treatments that aren’t commonly used? (Some examples are: EMDR, hypnotherapy, herbal or vitamin supplements, acupuncture, massage therapy, art, music, or recreational therapy, ECT, VNS, TMS, DBS)
I believe that alternative treatments can help. But they may have to be in conjunction with conventional medication. There are always going to be those that argue that mental health medication can change personality, create zombie feelings, cause weight gain and other challenging side effects. The side effects can be worse than the symptoms that they are meant to treat. But in some cases that same medication is the only thing that will treat the condition.
I am lucky that my medication is working for me and I have minimal side effects. It is a combination approach and it is working for me. I have two control people that let me know if I am changing in any way, but particularly negatively. My hubby and my brother A. I worry about the personality change and I have been zombiefied before. My experience of my current regime is that I am calmer and I have focus back. It is not perfect but it is better for me.
I have a lot of alternative aids to my well being. I use a Tens machine for pain. I have a breathing system that helps me relax. I meditate and do yoga. My favourite way to relax is adult colouring in books and I am going to join a group that does that together on Thursdays. So first day for that tomorrow, if I can get the courage to attend. I am still not great in public or with a group of people. I also use vitamins and fish oil to help my health.
I will try most treatments, as long as they are legal and safe. I am smart enough to do my own research and I like to know as much as possible about what I am trying. That harks back to control issues. I believe the best way to work out if something is going to be beneficial is to try it. Other people can share their experiences but it may not be the way you experience it.
I like to give myself time to really try something and reflect on the pros and cons. However, if I am against it or don’t understand it, then it is unlikely to work. I am just that stubborn and concrete – thinking based. Which again harks back to my control issues. I like to keep diaries of side effects, symptoms and what I try for relief etc etc because relying on my memory is not the best idea.
I would like to be off medication but I can not go back to how I was feeling before I began to take them. I may always need something to balance me out but hope eventually to reduce them to the bare minimal.