Dalton’s been saying this for years, but his parents were too afraid to take him off it. He’s been steering himself off of it recently, completely unbeknownst to his family and doctor.
Colors done by Jaydot Sloane and myself.
You might want to keep them in case of the inevitable zombie apocalypse, though.
So uh after coloring this page I may have had nightmares about being on bi-polar medication but then getting all manic and quitting the medication. Which is exactly what happens–it’s notoriously hard to keep people on mood medication because when they feel better they don’t want to take the meds. Or when they feel bad they assume the meds aren’t working.
Er, at any rate, good job making me really worry there :) And especially good job doing it without words–I get the pages without any word balloons, and I still had anxiety about what’s going on.
Hah, sorry about the nightmare.
Yeah. Obviously we’ll be seeing more of this in the plot later, but I hope that these recent pages don’t make me seem anti-medication. I’m quite the opposite, although I don’t have any personal experience with it.
There are plenty of decent psychiatrists out there who are actually making a real effort to help people, but there are a lot more who are either stupid enough to really believe that every instance of emotional pain or social difficulty is an electrochemical imbalance to be cured by a drug, or who just don’t care about their patients and are happy to drug them into a state of confusion or complacency and rake in the payments they get from the companies who make the drugs. Most of the diagnoses are nothing more than collections of “symptoms” that do not indicate poor health. Even when their practices aren’t directly destryuctive, they do far more harm than good by insisting thst a pill is the answer to all a person’s problem, relatively few paying more than lip service to talk therapy or peer groups. I’ve seen lives destroyed by abuses in psychiatric medical practice, people suffering from perfectly natural and reasonable depression in the midst of troubles in their lives left dependent on drugs, convinced that they could never be happy without medication and so fulfilling that prophecy. I’ve been on the neuroleptic Haloperidol D and while I am absolutely not a right to die advocate, there’s a point where you can’t fault somaeone for being ready to die to escape the drug’s effect on their mind.
I’m not anti-psychiatry. It has its place. There are people who are scarred in ways they can’t go any further on their own, but such cases are very few and far between. Many people could benefit from temporary medication to assist them in bearing pain they wouldn’t know how to otherwise, but not while ignoring all other forms of help. Too much of common psychiatric practice is founded on narrow-minded categorization, laziness, and greed. I don’t understand how those who claim to study the mind are so often utterly devoid of empathy, but it’s plain to see if you’ve spent any length of time as an inpatient and managed to recover from their ‘treatment’.
I love this comic, it’s themes and its characters, it just happens that as I discover it and read through the archive, I come to a page that touches on an issue that’s important to me. On the comic itself, I would actually encourage him to stop taking them, though only after seeking medical advice on the safest way to stop. Even if they do “help”, that would only mean he’s relying on them to deal with his feelings rather than handling them himself, which would be dedtructive in the long run even if it were just a placebo.
Yeah, I definitely agree and am aware of that. Again, I don’t have enough personal experience to really weigh in, but I’ve heard both horror stories and success stories in terms of psychiatry.
I forget who said, I think some sort of comedian, but they were talking about the rise of medication for things like ADD/ADHD, and they listed off all these “symptoms” that psychiatrists will diagnosing the young patients with, and then the comedian ends it with, “or, y’know…just aspects of being a kid.” In addition, I’ve seen a TED Talk about the educational system that talks about how we mistake kids for being “distracted” or “unfocused” or “unintelligent” when really they can’t focus on tasks in classroom because A. they’re young and full of energy and B. they might have brains that are more on the creative side, and nothing in the classroom is really getting their focus at all.
Since I don’t really know enough about the topic, I don’t really know what I actually recommend for Mr. Dalton. His personality is one of being almost perpetually melancholic and unfulfilled. I don’t know if the answer is in medication, but I think he would definitely benefit from some sort of significant other to bond with, and if more of his students were as appreciative and friendly as Olivia and John.
Like I said, the pill thing for Mr. Dalton here is going to at least be readdressed later, although it is far from a main aspect of the story. However…given your interest in what is the right/wrong way to solve emotional problems, I think you’re going to enjoy the themes brought up as the story marches towards the end.
Heh. Sorry I went off on that rant. I wonder how psychologists feel about someone being “triggered” by the mention of psychiatry. :P
I have strong opinions and some bd memories, so it’s easy for me to end up being insensitive to those who feel that they’ve truly benefitted from psychiatric care. And like I said, it’s not the field of psychoatry itself I have a problem with but the way I feel it’s overwhelmed by people who have really narrow-minded ideas about mental health and people who are just in it to make money. I have a lot of unorthodox ideas about “mental health” and the relationship between the brain and the mind.
Heh. It’s a lot of little things that add up, but there’s a lot in this comic that resonates with me. The characters feel alive and relatable in a way that reminds me that there’s always a layer deeper in a person’s mind.
…and then there’s the fact that Olivia looks (and, in a very general way, behaves) like she could be a stylized drawing of someone I personally know. @.@
I don’t think it was much of a rant! It’s certainly an interesting topic to talk about.
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