I am here to expose the secret and lie, and shine a light on the TRUTH. Since Kratom is beneficial for so many uses, including the mind and mental health, that means I want to address mental healthcare and the negative side-effects of psychiatric drugs.
The very first time I remember experiencing anxiety was on the playground at the tender age of 7. I remember being shy and not having anyone to play with on that particular day. I had friends and played with others on lots of days, but on the days I had no one and had to depend on myself, I felt somewhat anxious.
I don’t think this is abnormal or strange by any means. It’s completely NORMAL to feel anxiety and nervousness. It’s part of being alive. It was simply a feeling that came and went. But, when someone feels anxiety or depression on an ongoing basis, it should not be ignored because if it is, a lot of times it can develop into something bigger.
This is why I’m always pushing mental healthcare. A diagnoses of depression can develop into something bigger such as bipolar, if ignored. I do believe that psychotropics are over prescribed but they do have their place.
But, I think their place is for the severely insane and/or developmentally disabled. I don’t believe that the majority of Americans, or anyone for that matter should be taking antidepressants and antipsychotics for the rest of their lives, because they’re depressed and anxious. I think Kratom should be given to those suffering with light anxiety and depression, along with therapy.
As a psychiatric nurse, I find today’s current state of affairs to be ironic and somewhat skewed. Because, when I was nursing we had to encourage our patients to keep taking their medications, so they could function. But, now I see people being prescribed antipsychotics for insomnia and that is NOT OKAY, in my book. I think this is negligence or just laziness on the doctor because he doesn’t know what else to do. It actually reminds me of when I worked at Sonoma Developmental Center.
Working at SDC, we were ALWAYS short staffed and every single morning I had at least 8 patients to bathe, groom, dress, take down to the dinning hall, and feed. Mind you, I had to make their beds also. Most of the patients were paralyzed from the neck down. VERY HARD WORK. But, for the few who could walk and make some verbal sounds, I feel that if I could of had the time, that I may of been able to work with them and made more of a difference. I think they could of improved in their personal lives and skill set, if I could of worked with them one-on-one. However, there was no time for that.
My point is that I think some doctors give prescriptions in place of real therapy, kind of like at these places I worked at. Except, Americans go to the pharmacy to pick their medications up and go back home. But, it still feels to me like no one wants to do the real work. Instead, here take a pill and forget about it. Perhaps work with the patient one-on-one instead of placing them on a life sentence of antidepressants and antipsychotics. If someone is severely mentally ill, these medications should DEFINITELY be prescribed. But, too many people rely on these medications without getting actual therapy and that is a problem in my opinion. In my eyes, I see it as a problem because I don’t see any problem actually being resolved. If someone has done significant therapy and personal work, and still remain in need of these medications for maintenance, then I agree with that.
When it comes to Kratom, this plant can help depression and anxiety. It’s scientifically proven that Kratom has properties to increase serotonin levels. Please refer to the study below. However, if you are currently taking antidepressants and/or anti-anxiety medications, especially high doses, do NOT stop these medications on your own and start taking Kratom. You MUST be monitored by a physician. Why? Because seizures may occur. I’m also not a doctor. However, you may need anti-seizure medication to help you stop.
My point is that if you’re reading this, and you suffer with bouts of anxiety or depression that are not interfering with your daily life and functioning, but you still suffer and want to find relief, perhaps Kratom can help. But, please consult a healthcare professional always and be safe. Be sure that you follow your intuition and don’t let anyone mind control your decision-making, when it comes to your health. Listen to your gut, always. Because no one knows your body better than you do. Yes, doctors are brilliant people with degrees but that’s it. They have nothing more than a higher education.
The truth is that as a nurse we were taught extensively to listen to the patient. We were supposed to gather as much personal data and information from the PATIENT about their chief complaint, before making our assessment and healthcare plan. However, that is not always the case these days. Always listen to yourself first. You are your best advocate. If you sincerely feel like you are losing your mind or don’t have sound reasoning then you CAN trust your medical professionals. However, if you are of sound reasoning use your best judgement and decide the path you want to take, regarding your health and lifestyle choices.
The following is an excerpt from the article below. Please remember that each of us are unique and have individual stories and experiences. What works for one person, may not work for the other. Love and Hugs ~ 💕KamiAnnDavis🍃
‘I had my first panic attack when I was 9 years old. One minute, I was in music class, belting out “Camptown Races.” Then, in less time than it took to sing “all the doo-dah day,” nausea and weakness swept over my body. With sweaty palms and trembling legs, I asked my teacher if I could go to the school nurse. Within 30 minutes, my mom showed up and carted me to the local emergency room, where an ER doctor suggested I see a therapist for anxiety.’
‘Some people develop discontinuation syndrome, a real, diagnosable condition that comes with physical symptoms like restlessness, tremors, nausea and vomiting, along with neurological symptoms like dizziness, trouble concentrating and the sensation of “brain zaps.” People can also experience increased feelings of …. After Two Decades, I Decided to Go Off Antidepressants – Voices
‘When you think about substance abuse, you probably think of substances such as heroin, cocaine, and alcohol—not psychiatric medications. Although they aren’t abused as commonly as illicit drugs, antipsychotics can be abused, and are in fact finding their way onto the streets.
The lure of antipsychotics may be different from other types of substances that come to mind. Growing research suggests that antipsychotic misuse is attributed to its calming effects on the brain and body as opposed to causing feelings of euphoria.1 People who struggle with anxiety and sleep disorders may be prone to misusing antipsychotics because of this.1
Medical professionals are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential for misuse of antipsychotics including quetiapine (often referred to by the brand name Seroquel). Changes in prescribing practices over the past century may shed light on the increase in antipsychotic use.1 As awareness has spread about the potential dangers of benzodiazepines and barbiturates, practitioners have changed their prescribing practices, which has led to the prescribing of more antipsychotics.’
Kratom in the Treatment of Depression ~https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7309668/