By mikki_arlert - 08/10/2016 05:24 - Australia - Melbourne

Today, my mother threatened my psychiatrist with legal action because he told her the organic and herbal "medicine" she swears by don't actually "cure" mental illness like she claims. FML
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Sounds like she's the one that needs a psychiatrist !

So sorry you have to go through that. Ignorance does this.. And especially to people who don't want to learn and remain ignorant. It can be so damaging to one's life. It's insane. If only they knew that "medicine" is just purified "herbs" anyway.

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Sounds like she's the one that needs a psychiatrist !

I'm so sorry you have to go through with that, OP. My uncle suffers with mental illness and for the longest time his wife thought herbs and prayer would cure him. It wasn't until they were married 5 years and he went on a manic high she realized he needs professional help. Hopefully your mother will come around.

So sorry, actual medicine is what we need sometimes, not just natural, not saying that natural medicine isn't real. I'm just saying we need the meds that were made to deal with it! Best of luck!

Well pretty much all medicine is natural to some degree. But yes sometimes we need actual medicine and not just the placebo effect from thinking some herbal remedies actually do anything.

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So sorry you have to go through that. Ignorance does this.. And especially to people who don't want to learn and remain ignorant. It can be so damaging to one's life. It's insane. If only they knew that "medicine" is just purified "herbs" anyway.

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Wtf does this even mean? Mental health drugs can literally make every symptom of mental illnesses away sometimes?

As long as you take them, and hoping their effectiveness doesn't diminish. They don't "cure" any mental disorders, they merely treat them.

I agree that meds usually help, but they sometimes dont help enough, or they have severe side effects. Schizophrenia, for example, has meds that treat some of the symptoms (usually only positive but sometimes negative symptoms as well), but they have severe side effects such as diabetes.

There's a difference between imbalances in the brain and being genuinely stupid. I might receive flak for this, but your mother appears to be the mentally ill one here.

Not all mental illnesses are caused by imbalance in the brain. Idk, I'm no professional, just taking a very interesting Abnormal Psychology class.

Some people such as the Hmong believe that illnesses are spiritual and can only be treated with special herbs. Maybe OP's mom comes from a culture like that. Her mom may just have a different cultural background which we see as crazy, but she may believe that it works. That doesn't make her mentally ill, but it doesn't make her right either.

You all should just get down with the sickness

time to have an educational talk with her.

Assuming she is the patient, this is not unusual behavior and he should know how to handle this. Don't feel bad unlesd you drove her crazy...

Its says its Op's psychiatrist, meaning their mother wants to sue ops psychiatrist for wanted op to take mental health medication and not their mother's "treatments"