I began teaching at Bryant & Stratton College in 2009, where I taught both face-to-face and online classes. I taught introductory sociology, introductory psychology, abnormal psychology and developmental psychology. Throughout my 9 years of teaching, I have heard many stories from my students about their diagnoses as well as the diagnoses of their children or loved ones. Many of those stories end with the admission that the individuals choose not to take the medication that they are prescribed. As an instructor, if I was not told they had a diagnosis of some mental disorder, I would not have pegged them as different from their peers.
As I continue my professional and educational pursuit in the field of psychology, I have become more skeptical of the common practices within the field. In 2001, I suffered from a miscarriage of twin girls. When I returned to my doctor just 6 weeks later for a checkup, I was visibly upset, and my doctor put me on Paxil. I took it for 1 day and all I wanted to do was sleep. I decided that I would deal with the trauma in my own way. It took quite some time, but I found that it became easier to deal with as time went on.
As the years went on, I realized that I suffered from depression. I believe that it was due to the numerous traumatic events that I have gone through in my lifetime. I continue to review the research on non-pharmaceutical ways in which to increase my low moods such as; exercise, aromatherapy, salt lamps, light therapy, meditation, healthy eating and so on. I also openly talk about how I feel with my friends and family, which also helps.
It was through my own research that I helped myself, but so many people do not have the background in psychology or know how or where to research. Our society tends to believe that doctors have our best interests in mind, but they are being run by big pharma and health insurance companies. I do not believe that all doctors and therapists have evil intentions, but they are also misled by the research that has been conducted in the field of psychology and mental health. I believe that a change needs to be made in how we discuss, research and treat mental illness.