DRUGS "TREAT" FEELINGS, NOT SYMPTOMS

I've been asked: "Many, many ways to self-promote and effectuate relatively-defined
stability and personal well-being. Why does the choice of medications have to be picked
on?" I am an activist. As such, I have a point of view. For example, when a county had 100
people in state hospital and then had built community alternative beds for 50 and got 50
folks out, there was much rejoicing. I, on the other hand, disrupted the rejoicing by
pointing out that we still had 50 more to be concerned with. As an activist, I'm happy if
99 are removed but, I will still be the voice of conscience for the remaining one. Having said that, I believe there are many who favor medications. Many of these are
powerful and influential such as doctors and family. There are billions in drug company
dollars cranking out the propaganda in favor of the drugs. An example of this propaganda
is the term, "side effects." There is no such thing as a "side effect." There are only
effects. However, in big-brother like double-speak, we are taught to view the painful and
unwanted effects of medications as something minor. I however, choose to view things as
they are. I won't engage in the game of calling deaths and painful disfigurement from
drugs, "side effects." I know the medications and I have weighed the benefits versus the risks and I personally
believe that the potential harms outweigh the potential goods. I took most of the various
drugs at one time or another so I speak from some degree of personal experience. If you
take these drugs for even a short time, there are potential risks. If you take these drugs
for a long time, those potential risks become almost certain. Even if the odds are 1 in 6
this is the same odds as russian roulette and why would you even put the gun to your head
in the first place? Again, as an activist, I may feel I would want to give up some of the urgency in this
matter when and if the mental health system is able to give up "compliance" as one of the
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"Here's Edward Bear coming down stairs now, thump, thump, thump, on the back of his head
behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming down stairs
but, sometimes he feels that there really is another way; if only he could stop thumping
for a moment and think of it." This message brought to you by Pat Risser (parisser@att.net and ICQ #4207359) who
reads "Winnie the Pooh" by A.A. Milne
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