I’m not “against” psychiatric medications.

But, I think it’s important to raise awareness that organic, medical conditions can present with psychiatric symptoms which can lead doctors and specialists to lead patients away from a comprehensive medical or neurological workup and start patients on a psychiatric drug rather than investigate an underlying medical condition.

Many people go for years taking medications which are expensive and often do not alleviate the symptoms they originally sought help for. In the presence of a real underlying medical condition, these medications can be dangerous. Many people are diagnosed with a variety of mental illnesses without any diagnostic workup – there is no blood test for mental illness. Further, people can ignore a real and potentially progressive medical illness because they have become convinced that their problems are caused by an immeasurable “chemical imbalance” for which they can be offered no blood test to confirm.

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