It’s been a long while since I last posted to this blog, so an update is in order. This post will be about medical advances and mental illness. This is another reason for those of us with mental illness to hope that the future will be better than the present. Many of the medications that are being used to help treat mental illnesses now didn’t even exist fifteen, twenty years ago.
New discoveries are also being made in nutrition and how full body health effects mental health. If you don’t get proper nutrition, the body won’t function well. If the body doesn’t function well, the brain won’t either. We all need to make it a point to eat healthier and more balanced, mental illness or no. Let’s not kid ourselves, the typical American diet of highly processed foods and fast food isn’t healthy.
If you are under treatment for mental illness, always tell your doctor about all of the over the counter supplements you are taking. Some of these, especially herbs and anything with alcohol in it, can cause serious side effects when mixed with anti-psych drugs. Know what you are getting into. Stay informed. Read all of the handouts that come with your anti-psych drugs.
There are rapid advances being made in research. These advances can and will find better treatments, perhaps sooner than we think.