This entry is a continuation of a previous entry, ‘Why I Blog The Way I Do, Part One‘. In this post I’ll attempt to explain some more on why I include the things I do and why there are other things I don’t.
I admit I don’t include much scientific information simply because I am not a scientist by nature or training. I have nothing against science. I just don’t believe I’m familiar with it enough to explain the methods behind it. I guess it might be in my personal makeup to accept that if I know something works just from my own personal experience, I don’t necessarily discount that if I don’t truly know how it works. For someone with a science background, this might seem backwards as a scientist will want to know the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind the ‘effect’. As I don’t have a strong background in science, I simply allow those who do to figure out the how and the why. I am certainly grateful to those with scientific backgrounds who can easily find such things out.
A second topic I don’t get into is the politics of mental illness treatments/healthcare/etc. This is not the blog for this. Yes, I have my opinions like anyone else. Politics, at least in my home country, has become nothing but divisive and contentious. I don’t like the arguing and viciousness that goes on even in personal living, as I’ve outlined in my post ‘Arguing and My Schizophrenic Mind.’ It saddens me greatly that it is practically impossible anymore to disagree with someone without the discussion turning personal and combative. I certainly cannot follow a political discussion, even on topics near and dear to me. I have enough division and contention going on in my schizophrenic mind. I have no desire to have an external source add to it.
I also refuse to get into the whole discussion on whether to medicate or not. All I can say is some people with a mental illness diagnosis can do well without anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medications. Others, like myself, are unable to. I know from personal experience that I can do well for awhile going meds free, but there will be serious problems after awhile if I try to make going med free permanently. I am not enough of an expert to tell anyone whether or not they should medicate. That is something that can be answered only a personal level from personal experience.
Going back to the subject of the science behind mental health treatments, I do know that new advances are being made quite often. As I don’t have a scientific background, I am not qualified to comment on which ones will or will not lead to major breakthroughs in treatment options. It is a possibility that medications may not be even needed for the treatment of mental illness for anyone if the right breakthroughs are made. It certainly is exciting times we are in for these advances.
While I at least attempt to keep an open mind, there are simply some things I won’t comment on in this blog. I don’t feel qualified enough to post on the details of scientific breakthroughs. I don’t think I’m qualified to state whether or not someone should medicate or not as I am convinced that has to be a personal decision based on individual circumstances. I won’t comment on any politics of mental health or anything else. There are plenty of blogs that do that already. I doubt that my not stating my political thoughts on anything will be missed.