I tried to re-blog a post from http://takingthemaskoff.com/ but it’s not allowing me to. I was diagnosed at 18 years old as being mentally ill. Then, at 30 something with another slew of disorders. Along with this, I was diagnosed as an HSP. Being HSP, my body is extremely sensitive to ANYTHING I put in it. I’m allergic to Benadryl! It’s easier to tell you what I’m NOT allergic to. Anyway, I was a lab rat for doctors and pharmaceutical companies for years! When one med stopped working, they’d add on another. I reached a point where I had had enough and began to slowly wean myself off of EVERYTHING (except Xanax, as it’s the only thing that gets me through a severe anxiety attack). I no longer feel “mentally ill” but rather an individual. My mind doesn’t work like everyone else’s, because I am not a sheep. I refuse to be a sheep. I am teaching my son how not to be a sheep. Being a sheep is the cowards way! It’s safe and secure and comfy and cozy. And TOTALLY not for us. Why blend in when you were born to stand out? We (my son and I) were born to stand out, not to lead a heard of sheep. After we get through an incident of breaking the confines of conformity, I have heard my son say “Bahhhh” under his breath. It’s similar to f-off, and I should probably scold him for it, but all I can do is smile. It’s my job to teach him. His “Bahhh” means that he’s paying attention to what I teach him; he listens and absorbs. I smile because I’m proud. HE will grow to be educated not medicated. I would highly recommend you all take a look at this blog post and let the education begin.
I’m not here to start a war. There are some people that NEED medication and I will not dispute that. However, there are so many people (including children) who are medicated simply for profit, or because parents don’t know how to deal with the traumatic events that caused their children to be in distress. Let’s turn these people into zombies so we don’t have to deal with them any more. That no longer flies with me. Because my doctors prescribed so many different medications for me, I have been called a pill popper, crazy, mentally ill and a drug addict, just to name a few. All because I trusted my doctors. Not any more… And I will not allow the same thing to happen to my son. When I read that blog to my son, his response was “Don’t worry mom. I’m a lion. Lion eat sheep.” I have all the confidence in the world that my son is going to go places. He is going to soar in life. Whatever he decides to do, he’s going to excel at. He’s embracing his individuality and I LOVE IT!!!
~Kate…a mom who refuses to medicate her child because she can’t handle him, Kate.