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The Purpose of Psychiatric Medication


Antidepressants are thought to
correct a chemical imbalance in the brain that
causes depression. Let’s talk about why this theory
is flawed and about the true purpose of psychiatric
medication. [Autumn Asphodel] Hi everyone! My name is Autumn
Asphodel and I am a motivator and coach to help you get to the
root of any problem you have, face it, and overcome it. The
information I’d like to share with you today is about
psychiatric medications and the purpose they serve. This is a
continuation to my previous video about the causes of
depression, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already,
since I am continuing where I left off. Psychiatric
medications, specifically antidepressants, such as SSRIs,
SNRIs, NDRIs, and MAOIs, are thought to correct a chemical
imbalance in the brain that causes depression.
Antidepressants target the brain’s neurotransmitter
chemicals serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
Imbalances of these chemicals are said to cause depression.
However, this is just speculation and doesn’t
explain why these chemicals are imbalanced in the first place.
The chemical imbalance theory has never been scientifically
proven. But people still believe this idea that the
pharmaceutical industry promotes. Scientists and doctors
strongly convince us that medications are the only way to
remedy a health problem, which is simply untrue. We do not need
medication to be healthy or to overcome a challenge. Implying
that we need to take drugs to fix an illusive
chemical imbalance is not only stigmatizing, but also prevents
people from healing and getting to the root of their issue. Now
before I share the purpose of psychiatric medication, please
be aware that it isn’t my place to tell you if you should or
shouldn’t be taking medication. The choice is entirely up to
you. I am all about getting to the root of the issue and
correcting it so that you can live a happy life. That’s why I
don’t see depression and anxiety as lifelong conditions. I know
what it’s like to be chronically depressed and anxious, and I
beat it with years of therapy and dedication toward my ideal
goal of becoming happy and free of the obstacles that held me
down. If a doctor had told me that I had a chemical imbalance
and would never get better unless I took medication, I
would have felt discouraged, and I would not have pushed
myself as hard to overcome my challenges. This is why you
will never hear from me that something is impossible. Because
I strongly believe, based on my own experience, that you can
work through anything. It took me about five years of therapy
and self discovery to truly get to the root of my issues and to
learn to love myself. Of course, I still have moments of doubt,
discouragement, and even shame. But I am thankful that my former
chronic depression and anxiety are no more. Depression and
anxiety are not lifelong. It is our mind, our doctors, and
especially the pharmaceutical industry that tells us a
chemical imbalance needs to be treated with medication. Can you
understand how stigmatizing that is? Professionals declare up
front that there is something seriously wrong, that it’s a
chronic imbalance in your brain, and that drugs will help to
regulate the problem. The professional consensus is
that you are unable to heal by yourself, that you are not
strong enough, and that you will likely have to deal with
your issue, under medical supervision, for the rest
of your life. That sort of professional standard is
truly saddening. Those of us who struggle with depression and
anxiety do feel alone, like no one truly gets us, and we may
not be able to shake the feeling that we are outcasts. But,
putting yourself down doesn’t solve anything. Criticizing
yourself, believing you are mentally unstable and your brain
is imbalanced, doesn’t actually solve anything. What it does do
is encourage you to think you are unable to work through a
challenge that keeps you in the medical system. And that’s what
these pharmaceutical companies want. Because if you get better,
they cannot profit. So what is psychiatric medication best
suited for then? I view it as a bridge to get you from point A
to point B. Let’s say that you are in a low state, unable to
see any positivity or bright future ahead. Suppose you’ve
tried everything, and nothing seems to work. Then, you are
prescribed an antidepressant, and after a while you may begin
to feel better. You then get to a point where you are able to
function without the medication, so you stop taking it. I do
not recommend psychiatric drugs long-term since countless
studies have shown that over time antidepressants are
ineffective, are addictive, and can actually cause major
physical and mental health problems, including the very
thing they’re prescribed to correct, a chemical imbalance.
What we should be doing is encouraging those with
depression and anxiety to truly get to the root of their issue.
Obviously, this cannot happen overnight. And if medication can
be beneficial in the short-term as a treatment to get to that
stable place, then that’s the journey you must take.
However, lifelong dependency on pharmaceuticals should not be
the end goal. Prescription drugs are being overprescribed,
and it’s greatly impacting our health and the environment.
The root cause of depression and anxiety is not a chemical
imbalance. Medication is not a problem solver. The only true
way to find happiness is to learn to love yourself and to
accept the life you have and the choices you have made. Live
each day with positivity and gratefulness. We must not allow
regret to overwhelm us, but rather live a happy future free
of regret by facing our mistakes and learning from them. The true
cause of our issues lie deep within us. Nothing external
can fix that. Only you can fix yourself, and you have the power
to do it. Stand up for yourself and make each day count.
Approach every day as a learning experience, and you can make it
through. Thank you for sharing and supporting this information
and for making a difference in the world. Your input is
valuable, so if you have any questions or comments,
please make your voice heard. By working towards a common goal
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47 thoughts on “The Purpose of Psychiatric Medication

  1. What did you think of this video?! If you want more info into why depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance and the danger of psychiatric medication, check the description for many helpful resources! 💞

  2. Partially agree, antidepressants do have some benefits but they do not work for everyone. But many studies do suggest that excersise is extremely beneficial in the treatment for patients with depression, I definatly agree however that the medical industry relies heavily on medicating psychiatric illness.

  3. I was depressed for 15 years. Started on an SSRI, and each year it seemed another medication was added. An antipsychotic, another SSRI, plus benzodiazepines and a mood stabilizer. I was well on my way towards achieving permanent disability.

    Quite by accident I found some information on the ketogenic diet claiming to treat depression. Obviously I was skeptical. But after getting rid of all of the sugar out of my diet, and by all I mean no bread, no pasta, basically no carbohydrates, my head cleared up like I have never experienced. I have been medication free for three and a half years. I really think a lot of people have been eating the wrong food their entire life, the standard American diet is absolutely toxic. Now, being of northern European descent, it makes perfect sense why I would be intolerant to high amounts of carbohydrates and sugar… They simply weren't available to my ancestors.

    Of course, this is not a Panacea, I encourage anyone reading this to do their own research. I'm a carpenter, not a mental health professional or a nutritionist.
    Thank you so much Autumn for bringing this subject out, I have only recently begun watching your videos on the matter. Big Pharma has an absolute interest in any and all chronic illnesses. You notice they don't cure diseases anymore, they just treat them for the rest of your life.

    * side note… I have also noticed that the current configuration of our society, including the seemingly endless pursuit of empty hedonism, pointless materialism, and a capitalist climate that encourages predatory behavior and rewards the most sociopathic individuals in society, is most likely a huge factor. Humans do very well in groups, but only when everyone is interdependent on each other. We do not have that, and I have no suggestions on how to remedy the situation.

  4. You forgot one thing.. it's about money. Sick people are profitable too. There's no money to be made in a healthy society. Plenty of incentive to keep things.. just the way they are.

  5. i agree with you that some conditions are best NOT treated with medication, medication may help the initial effects of anxiety and depression… and to anyone who is incapable of a semi normal life maintaining a somewhat normal life, getting out of the house or looking after kids… or having suicidal thoughts they may be necessary in the short term. But like you said, these drugs do NOT solve the issues of why you feel this way in the first place… they actually hinder the ability to feel and to solve core wounds.

    That being said, some conditions ARE in fact a neurological chemical imbalance in the brain, primarily conditions such as bipolar … medication is highly recommended, ADHD ect… all unavoidable conditions that require some medication to help at times…. but that doesn't mean to say that you can't get better at controlling the effects and learn coping mechanisms in the process.

    mental health issues in the 21st century have come a very long way in a short space of time, but treatment is far from efficient or perfect. funding is also an issue that honestly in todays world with the ever growing personal stresses and strains should be given the respect and funds it deserves… unfortunately thats not always the case and as such GP's and doctors being able to give such medications on a whim rather than talking it through with a trained therapist before prescription i feel is doing more harm than good.

  6. Personally, i dislike. Medication so much, I knew what was the source of my problem, but the doctors where like, we dont care about it, you need medication, you want it or not, i didnt take the medication of course, instead i dicided to be brave and overcome my personal issues, also when you take the medication, antidepressants you feel like zombie, you cant put your thought together, just difficult to think, very horrible, at least in.my own experience.

  7. I’m fairly certain you can’t just “work through” Alzheimer’s disease or schizophrenia. Likewise, I’m not sure people can “work through” psychopathy.

  8. I don't take drugs for depression, & I don't recommend drugs with side effects, because as much as we try to balance the chemicals, we can't predict how much of each chemical depression will make or lack. Like balancing 2 numbers that randomly change, when we only know how much to add or subtract to get balance but we don't know how much each random change will be, we have very little way to detect how random it is. So I take herbs like turmeric… This way I can feel if it has an effect & if I need it, with no side effects if I am wrong. (as long as I don't take too much in one day) Yet your mind is making this random change & so how you think will also have an effect on it.

  9. Antidepressant drugs are all complete scam.
    Distressed patients trust anything their doctors claim, believe that feeling slightly different while on that kind of medication means feeling better, and have a false impression their mental condition is being properly treated. But no antidepressant can permanently fix your inner turmoil or make you stop mistreating yourself and your Body.
    Follow your true desires to change your lifestyle accordingly. Being afraid of making people dislike or reject you takes away all chance to show them something likable.
    Thank you for your video.

  10. It is an imbalance, BUT if you are NOT in a deeeeeep Depression, You can heal it with Sport, healthy food and more. But it needs a long Time.

    But if I have suicidal thoughts, I need my Tavor (It's ativan or Lorazepame in the US ) to come down.

  11. Not to mention you can see 3 different psychiatrists report the exact same symptoms and recieve 3 different diagnosis and each are treated with three different class/type if drugs.

  12. My primary care physician is amazing. She always exhausts every other natural treatment before ever suggesting medication. I remember one gynaecologist prescribed me weight loss medication to help with my PCOS, when I showed her, she tore up the prescription right in front of me and said "you're not taking this crap, I know it's hard but you are going to lose the weight with healthy eating and exercise" — which I eventually did, drug free and was able to reverse my health issues. When I went to her because my anxiety was out of control (10 unprovoked panic attacks per day) she referred me to a psychologist for CBT, which helped a lot but I was later diagnosed with Panic Disorder, which simply couldn't be managed by therapy alone, because it was a biological issue, not a psychological one. My body was flooding with adrenaline multiple times per day for no real reason and the only thing that keeps it under control is my anxiety medication. However, I agree that medications are over-prescribed like crazy. Medication should always be seen as a last resort.

  13. you say totaly the truth, sometimes i dont understad how people cant see it, specialy the
    psychiatrist who dont listen to their patients they only care about medicating people. I would tell to them why do not you take the medication? so you would know how actually feels like. I was into a psyquiatric one week and it was the most sadness experience. But fortunatly i found people on my path who help me more that any pill. We just need some love.Thanks for making this videos.

  14. Thank you for this. I've been in the "mental health" system for over 30 years. As time went on, so did my diagnoses. My current one is "Schizo-Affective Disorder with Bi-Polar features. Since 2002 i've received SSI payments and are now on SSDI. The last time i saw my Psychiatrist @ county behavioral health, I told him i was worried about getting cut off, as Social Security wanted wage reports from 2015 to present. I work 15 hours a week PT. My Dr. told me not to worry, I won't get cut off because i have a "Psychotic disease." . And the biggest long-term use side effect I have is a slight tremor in my hands, almost like early-onset Parkinson's. I take a medication for that, but I'll always have this condition, the medication can only stop it from getting worse. Because of poverty, County Behavioral Health does not provide psychotherapy, and I cannot afford to go to a private therapist. So all I have is my writing as therapy. I'm currently working on a book that targets the main population i work with, the truly stigmatized, marginalized, and traumatized individuals who have WAY too many of in this county. So I AM going to thrive, be productive, and inspirational DESPITE being on this chemical cocktail to medications. Thank you for reading this. And once again, THANK YOU for all you do.

  15. I was afraid at first that the video was going to go in heavy with "Drugs are bad so only take holistic remedies!" but I'm glad that's not the case. I've been suffering with depression since secondary school (high school) but have only started seeking help after I was arrested for a serious crime I do not feel comfortable divulging. My boyfriend was also found dead in his apartment before my official sentence. I was a wreck and medication helped me, though here in the UK you only pay a prescription cost (price for clerical processing) and that's if you're employed. If you are on benefits they are free. I go to a weekly group as part of my probation agreement and looking back it's a great shame things had to get this bad before I tried to improve my life. In short, always seek help or you won't know where you might end up.

    Also, I'm sorry I've not watched your vids in a while autumn. I just recently clicked the bell since you can't trust the sub button.

  16. I don't know what mental health providers you've been seeing, but every one I've come into contact with encourage people to deal with their depression without medication, and only prescribe drugs as a last resort, if they even prescribe them at all. I sincerely doubt any one of them will ever tell me in my lifetime that I need to take drugs, and that I can't survive without them. It just won't happen. They will encourage me to work on the root of the problem, and suggest steps I can do to achieve that without the use of pharmaceuticals. Therapy, hypnosis, writing a journal, reciting positive affirmations, taking productive steps towards a better future, spending time with family members and becoming a part of new communities, making new friends in the process etc… I've had the complete opposite experience to what you've explained in this video. :3

  17. Society clearly stigmatizes mental health struggles like you said but I have to disagree with some of the things you put forth. Thankfully more and more people are not recommending medication as the only solution to mental health issues, but for some, medication is extremely helpful and offers benefits that they could not get without medication. At the same time, I wouldn't advocate for medication alone (a point you kind of touched on). I'm a huge advocate for therapy but again, therapy alone is not enough for everyone. Some people do need to supplement therapy with medication in order to alleviate distress or impairment that results from mental health struggles. This may be especially true for people that are more severely impaired by more severe psychiatric illnesses.

    I definitely do agree that some of the biggest improvements can be gained from digging deep and uncovering the heart of the issues (for some mental illnesses) but I would not discredit the benefits of medication in the process, especially for more severe illnesses like bipolar disorders and disorders on the schizophrenia spectrum. You may not be a fan of psychiatric medication (which is fine) but that does not mean that it isn't helpful and even life-saving (even for long-term use) for many other people out there.

  18. I am so impressed by what you are doing, and I couldn't agree with you more.

    I'm going to hopefully speak more about being a young person with a physical disability on my channel – but for now I'm just doing the storytelling, spiritual and toy/hobby videos & getting used to being on camera in the first place! —–but people like you help give me the courage to put good information out there. 🌟(((Thank You!)))

    I've made one on self-harming and depression – and so far no trolls or nasty comments – so maybe I will be able to be as confident as you one day. ❤

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  20. I've heard you talk about the meaning of life. I think knowing it can help with depression. Allow me to offer this. Life is one of a precarious group of words that are both a noun and a verb. The meaning of life is to live, it is to be alive. Oddly as it concerns human beings the full meaning of our existence cannot be fully known until our lives have ended, for only then is the story fully told. But a better question is this, what in life has meaning. If the meaning of life is to live then by definition that which has meaning must be that which makes us feel alive. However, meaning is not intrinsic. I cannot open a flower and find it's meaning but I feel it's beauty. Why? Because the meaning was not in the flower, it was inside of me. It came from me and was reflected off of the flower and back to me. A person cannot find in the world that which does not exist within themselves. You are the meaning you seek. Meaning is not something you find, it is something you become. No human has ever sought meaning, they were only searching for themselves.

  21. You liked my last comment so here is another theory for you. I heard you speak of other dimensions. One of the things people always get wrong is the size variant. Atomic density is determined by the energy of the particles. Time itself is a human idea that helps us as linear beings understand the motion of atoms. The truth is that all time and space are happening simultaneously. Separated only by variances in frequency, the sugar water principal. Take a glass of water and fill it almost to the top. Now try to add a cup of sugar. Your mind tells you the glass should over flow, but it doesn't. This is because the molecules of the sugar fit in between the molecules of the water. Or if it helps, think of a radio. You know all of the stations are playing at once but you can tune in to just one. Rule: Every thing in this universe makes sense to this universe because every thing in this universe has some thing in common, quantum resonance or frequency if you like. This is what differentiates instances from one another and why time travel is highly impractical. People debate the existence of other dimensions. But let me ask you this, if there were another dimension a gazillion light years away, what could any one tell me about it? Probably not much. What if it were two feet away and no one had the slightest idea what they were looking at? Would that be much difference? What if I told you that there is only one particle in all of reality, existing in an infinite number of ways, in an infinite number of places, in an infinite number of instances. My dear, other dimensions are not only real, they are the substance of reality itself. Think about it. If energy equals mass times the speed of light, then mass must also conform to the dynamics of energy. Having; amplitude, modulatude, voltage, frequency, all of the things inherent in a wave form. What is even more exciting than that is that if time does not exist, if it is just an idea. Then we can think of the universe like a box of connecting blocks that are all the same. From those blocks I can build; a house, a car, a boat, a train, a tree, you, me, everyone. But if time does not exist then I could not have built those things if they were not already in the box. We are intelligent, so then intelligence itself is a component of existence. We could not have it if it wasn't in the box. So what this means is that all that is possesses intelligence. Just because we do not understand a thing does not mean it does not exist. The absence of proof is not proof of absence. If you would have told a cave man he had a subconscious mind he would have probably grunted and it might have meant (No fricken way!). Some thing to think about.

  22. It seems like as time goes on, more and more people are being diagnosed, and more disturbingly being prescribed a pill to take care of depression, anxiety, bi-polar, ect. There seems to be no improvement in this but instead seems to be getting worse and worse. EG: there is something seriously wrong with out societies. I personally view most of these prescriptions as Rotten infected band aids being applied over a cut. I have only seen people get WORSE under these damned drugs. Some of the comments in this video illustrate the thinking Autumn is pointing out. The other issues with SSRIs is it is ending up in our drinking water and causing issues. Anxiety, depression ect all start with OUTSIDE forces. Rotten parenting, bullying, being limited for no good reason, mental abuse, physical abuse. THIS I think is what causes the chemical imbalance. It is those issues in society that need to be dealt with. I am more than certain people's work lives are utterly screwing them up mentally, since most of their waking lives is spent dedicated to work in one way or another. Things are not improving, which these drugs are supposed to do, but instead they are getting worse..and to continue on this road that we are on, will just lead to more failure. As Autumn said, as a SHORT TERM prescription to help one repair, this is good. However, I do think that consistent use of them is the same as the over use of "safe spaces", it just causes the wound to fester.

  23. I personally try not to take any medication, not even head ache medicine. I just do not want to get dependent on them and frankly drugs these days cause more damage than help in too many cases. The side affects of some of these drugs should give one pause if people actually looked. There are of course situations where drugs are indeed necessary, but for things like colds and flus (yes flus), ect, I think one is just subjecting ones self to unnecessary chemicals in their body.

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  25. The power to over come any emotional difficulty does indeed have to come from within, True.  And yes medications have been proven to provide the stepping stones that are needed to help provide a path to a more stable mind set, True. However, they can also be used as a provisional tool to help maintain stability in long term usages. And they also been proven to stabilize chemical imbalances.  In conjunction with other medications that can aid in the stabilization of the individual that they are prescribed too. As for fixing and/or curing a chemical imbalance..? At this time there no proven medication(s) that has been created to do that as of yet. If there was I can tell you from first hand experience I'd be the first inline to get it. Because I've had a chemical imbalance since I was a kid due to a head trauma I received when I was a kid. So, I agree totally with you on that as well.

  26. I watched your 4 years old video and now I'm watching this and you look so skinny! what happend? I don't have time to watch all videos, I don't know how much your DID changed but you doesn't look happy 🙁

  27. I know this is a bit off topic, but I have depression and schizophrenia, could you get schizophrenia from depression with out being born with it?

  28. I was depressed after marriage and it was irony because marriage should be happy but I wasn’t… with medication, it was hard to control facial muscles and my brain functioned bad… without medication i tried to think purpose, meaning and i tried to face to reality… it was not easy but..it was worth it

  29. I would like to know how these doctors know that there is a chemical imbalance in the brain. They never test the levels of neurotransmitters they just write on their prescription pad and big pharma keeps getting richer. The doses are continually increased. They have their place but for many they are no different than a placebo pill.

  30. Wow Autumn. I used to watch your videos religiously back in the early days. I unfortunately haven’t watched you videos for a few years now, but decided tonight to come on and see how you’re doing. What a difference! You seem so much more relaxed and comfortable, happier and confident! I hope that this is how you feel. I’m very happy for you. Well done on making such a successful channel and for helping so many people (and thank you for helping me, it was thanks to your video that I ended up getting diagnosed with quiet BPD and got given the right help and support!) x

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