I just thought I'd share a bit about my understanding or experiences with psychiatry here in Canada.
Psychiatric clinics do seem a little scary --- especially after you've lived a life of torment.
But, looking back, I have to say that psychiatry has been overall beneficial in my life.
The worst part of psychiatry is probably the drugs ------ it is really questionable how useful those really are -------
but in my life of living in the mental health system here, psychiatry has provided so much help ----- it feeds me, it gives me someone to talk to, it's like my friend, and it even helps me figure out some of life's problems.
OK ---- so there are different kinds of psychiatry.
I got psychiatry with a slant that really questions the LDS Church ------ and this has really helped me.
I don't know completely if there are psychiatrists out there who would go total pro-LDS ------- so I can't say for certain anything about that --------
but in my experiences with psychiatry, they really helped me question the validity of the church ---- and that REALLY HELPED.
So:::: being LDS, with beliefs in the paranormal and a no drugs philosophy, Psychiatric clinics seem really scary ----
but, looking back, yeah, it has actually been very good for me.
The worst part is the drugs ---- although the doctors themselves would say that the drugs helped me recover as much as I have. I don't know if I fully believe that ---- but the good news is that I am recovering.
Psychiatry can be a really good benefit for your life ------ but if you "misbehave too much" then they will make sure to treat you for those behaviors too I'm sure ------ so psychiatry has it's rewards for both patients and victims. Which is great.
Anyway, that's just how I've seen it in my Canadian psychiatric experience.
I should note ------- not all doctors are the same, and I've been lucky because for years now I've had a REALLY GOOD DOCTOR. it's been awesome having this psychiatrist.
So yeah ---- just the biggest bad thing that there might be about this profession is the drugs: how much do they really help?
I should also say that I am on a really good drug too. The Paliperidone Injectable, or Invega Sustenna ------- has let me live my life happily and freely as I would want to, the only really big drawback being I gained a lot of weight, which doesn't really feel like too much of a problem anymore.
Some drugs are designed to put their patients to sleep.
My med lets me have more regular sleeping patterns --- it does NOT put me to sleep, and this has been wonderful for me.
I am actually just like the church taught in primary:::: early to bed and early to rise.
Anyway::::: I know psychiatry can seem scary, but after my years of living with it ----- it has actually been quite good. I really questioned it for a very long time.
It's not perfect, but it was really, really helpful. So yay.