On Spiritual Emergency, Shamanism, Mental Illness, Therapy, and Anti-Psychiatry Sentiment in the General Pagan/Polytheist Community

This is something I’ve been struggling with for a long time. I love the New Age, but constantly come across articles or people who imply that I need to go off medication. It is tempting because I never really enjoyed the stuff, and secretly think, “Time to take my poison,” sometimes before taking it.

The New Age community doesn’t always understand why I’d take poison. Yet, the alternative of no medication is worse then the side effects.

Even when I was on a medication that made me sleep 16 hours a day, I still took it to avoid the alternative. Thankfully after about two years disappearing through sleep, I found a better medication and can see the sun again.

I think that a big part of the New Age community misunderstands how much damage they can do to a person, by telling them medication is evil. People could go off medication and become so Manic they jump off a cliff. So in this case the stigma a community puts on antipsychotic medication, not only causes great suffering, but death.

I worry that people reading my Blog might come away with the idea that they should go off medication. I have run into these New Age articles about whether the Mentally ill are just Shamans, and written about the debate before. Yet, I rarely come to a conclusion in the post.

The conclusion is that, even with all this debate that occurs within me, I still take medication every night.

Foxglove & Firmitas

Alternative Title: I’m Gonna Keep Talking About This Until It’s a Generally Accepted Thing…

It happened again. Someone posted another article on mental illness being a sign of a healer being born on the Local Pagan Facebook Group with the general overarching but not direct message being that all native and ancient cultures saw it as this. Now I don’t deny that mental illness can be the birth of a healer. I’ve known too many people who have struggled with a history of it, myself included, that haven’t found themselves called to help others dealing with similar problems.

However, these articles tend to stress how society is actually the sick one, and how we need to stop shoving pills at people to fix all their problems.

Anyone who has ever been on psychiatric medication will probably tell you that pills don’t solve all the problems and most professionals are pretty…

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