We need to be able to hold space for both: psychiatric medications have both saved *and* destroyed people’s lives.

Many times the difference is in choice, autonomy, and informed consent. Some of us have access to choice, & some of us have it taken away at every opportunity.
Talking about our harmful experiences with psychiatric medications is not a personal indictment of everyone who takes meds. Meds are absolutely vital & necessary for so many people. And also, many marginalized folks are forced into relationships w/ meds without consent.
Many people lack critical access to life saving medications & medical interventions, while many people are overmedicated or rushed into long term relationships w/ psych meds without providers acknowledging very damaging potential side effects.
For example, certain anti-psychotics are known to cause (what can be) permanent movement disorders such as tardive dyskinesia and akinesia. This is significant for many reasons, one of which being that akinesia is often misdiagnosed as depression or schizophrenia.
People have a right to know exactly what can happen to their bodyminds if we choose to take medications — which should always be our choice. This is not to scare people from accessing psych meds, it’s to give folks access to accurate information & informed consent.
You also don’t have to believe in a biochemical/medical model of what we call mental illness to benefit from psych meds. As @stefkaufman says, psych meds are one tool in our toolbox & it is more than okay to manage “symptoms of oppression” w/ psych meds…
Or simply use them to make your life easier and more manageable! It’s about centering our own personal definitions of quality of life, and being able to have access to choosing which options we want to engage with and when. And never forcing that on others.
Also: if this wasn’t clear, we are talking about psychiatric survivors, mad and mentally ill, Disabled and neurodivergent folks critiquing & questioning, psych meds & their use on a systemic level. We are NOT talking about shaming folks for using meds due to ableism/sanism.

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