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9/4/13 11:19 P

I don't have any formal degrees behind my name on these topics. I do believe that this is a worthy topic to talk about. I would definately take everything into account if I had a child with mental illness, or had it myself, or knew someone close that I had to help. At the same time that I was jumping in and out of med's that weren't working like they should, I would also be looking at the nutrition aspect of the person involved. Possibly adding deficient nutrients from foods, and vitamins. I once met a women that seemed to go in and out of personality, and moods very quickly. At the time I met her she was doing drugs, and have caffenine, and lots of sugary snacks. Later someone said she had gotten healthy, and stable emotionally. she found out she was a diabetic, and stopped the drugs and bad habits. I do realize that mental illness isn't that easy to cure.

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
9/4/13 10:59 P

A lot of your question is so subjective that it can be hard to answer this question. I worked as an intake person for a small psychiatric clinic for a long time, so I do have some experience with how it works (although in the US, not Canada).
Prescribed medications depend a lot on the diagnosis. Generally certain medications work better for some situations than others, although good experienced doctors often know off-label uses for the medications. If your daughter is a minor, is there a family court that could appoint someone to look out for her best interests only? In the US that's called a guardian ad litem. A guardian ad litem will talk to your daughter, her doctors, you and her father, the school, and present their opinion to the judge. That opinion won't be based on what you want, but what they believe to be in the best interest of the child. If she is over 18, unless she is a danger to herself or others there probably isn't much you can do except encourage her to look for a second opinion.
I have had experience with both sides of this issue. I had a childhood friend who was forced onto medication by the foster system that gave her HORRIBLE side effects and made no changes to her mental health. As an adult without medication she is happily married (to a wonderful supportive man who knew about her history before marrying her), who had some pretty severe post partum depression that did require meds for about a year. Her kids are 4 and 6. But other than that, she's been happy, healthy and a great mom to her kids without medication.
I also know other people who are bipolar, have schizophrenia, or several personality disorders who cannot function normally without their medications. While there are many alternative treatments to mental health conditions, it is important to not just stop taking a medication as there could be problems. The doctor I worked for believed in treating holistically so we offered lots of options for our patients - yoga, massage, personal trainers, a shaman, acupuncture, aromatherapy. However she also knew that for some patients medication was the only answer. Some of our patients had only a short term need for medication, and would only use medication for 6-12 months. Others expected to be on it for the rest of their lives.
I believe that it's important not to simply dismiss the need for medications to manage mental health. Sadly, that is a big reason why people often don't seek mental health assistance. They are terrified of the stigma that would then be attached to them. We had a lot of patients who paid out of pocket because they didn't want their insurance (or anyone else) to find out they were coming to our office. I'm not trying to dismiss your believe in alternative options, but it is important to look at all the options.

MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (32,853)
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9/4/13 8:38 A

Depending on what the issues are, a combination of medication and counseling can help. Perhaps she hasn't been treated with the right medication, sometimes it takes a few tries to find what works the best. I have been on some in the past and work with someone currently on something now. It took her and her doc a bit to find something that worked for her, but they did and she is so much happier and healthy as well as confident now.

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9/4/13 8:27 A

Take your questions to her doctors and if you're not satisfied, ask for a second opinion from another doctor.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (504,488)
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9/3/13 11:24 P

What type of medication was she on?

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9/3/13 10:13 P

your mental health is important too and i not only want to loose weight and be healthy
i want my kids to be healthy, unfortunately my daughter was forced on medication several times and also admitted to hospital, by my exhusband, her father. i don't believe in these medications, which have always made her worse.How can i make her understand this. There are so many other good treatments out there, to make you feel better. She is a good girl most of the time, but due to these things has had so many setbacks.
i live in Toronto Canada
any good advice?

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