There’s so much I’d like to share with you right now, but we’re not quite there yet.

Awareness is the first step to positive change, and it seems like society is on the verge of a huge awakening with regards to mental health and addiction—after centuries of treating the subject like a reoccurring nightmare.

There’s nothing fascinating about school shootings and random acts of violence besides the fact that there’s generally other forces at work.  Suicides don’t usually make the news unless it’s someone famous or a few innocent people are killed first.  You’re telling me to tread lightly here, and go slowly. I understand. Just follow me…

Was there something wrong with someone all their life that their parents, peers, educators, and healthcare professionals refused to acknowledge, nor had the ability to help?  And did this simultaneously make it worse?  What type of psychological or physical effects were the result of constant conscious and subconscious reprimand, and pressure towards a child or young adult to keep up, fit in, do this, use that, be more like them, and less like themselves?

“Ok, doctor, fine… I’ll try some of those samples. And yes,  I’ll finally give the  prescription that you recommend a shot…”  he replied.

Anyone have any idea what lithium can do to a liver? Especially a liver that’s already compromised due to years of substance abuse, or a variety of coping mechanisms associated with mental health and addiction? Does anybody know what a liver does in a human body with regards to digestion, metabolism, the immune system and nutrients? Can anyone appreciate how vital these things are to someone who already may have a complex mental illness, and has contemplated taking their own life more times than they can remember?  Anyone know about a bipolar young, handsome, rich rockstar who changed the world of music while becoming an icon—just before blowing out his brains with a shotgun?  Here’s a hint, he wrote a song called “Lithium”.

Ok, let me take you back to the point.

There’s so much I’d like to share with you right now, but we’re not quite there yet.

Society is becoming aware that people who have deep psychological problems will go to extremes to prove that their issues are beyond help, beyond repair and beyond medication or even beyond anything that any healthcare professional can prescribe or facilitate.  Bold statement. No kidding.  For some, I believe that this is the absolute truth, while for others, they simply lose grip of the nuts and bolts that are keeping their fragile minds together, for a variety of reasons.

The next step is for families, schools and workplaces to know and understand that a person with a mental illness in fact has a brain that works in a different way than a person’s who does not. And that someone who has an addiction has a disease: the brain’s been compromised, it works differently now.

Clinical research?  Oh yes, what about those wonderful people that make a living from doing studies? Professional lab rats, eh?  The ones who know that they’re not going to get $5000 if they throw up or report headaches. I haven’t the foggiest idea of how they manage to go from clinic to clinic or company to company, signing up and saying they’re not doing the same thing with another company or clinic. But the ugly truth about a lot of medication is that the companies who supply these medications need to have a group of people who did not have adverse effects with their product. And the people that do have adverse effects get kicked out of testing.  Their results are not the results companies are looking for.

So some of the medications that may factor into a,b, and c may also factor into d-e-a-t-h or desires of death, or killing, or whatever—particularly in the minds of people who either

a)            Have a mood disorder

b)            Have an addiction

c)            Have been conditioned by parents, peers, and professionals that there’s something wrong with them

d)            Have tried some sort of medication to cope with a, b and c

e)            Have endured tremendous amounts of suffering physically and psychologically because of A, B, C and D

f)             Or…..All of the above?

There’s so much I’d like to share with you right now, but we’re not quite there yet.

I can blink 3 times and recall several serious shootings where I’m almost positive that this “perfect storm” came into play.  Am I surprised about the Mounties in Moncton, New Brunswick? No. What about the couple in Vegas? No. How about the school shooting in Oregon?  No.  And what’s really sad is that these three events happened after I wrote this article.  This paragraph is an add-in.

As if the perfect storm couldn’t be better…What about Seasonal Affective Disorder?  This is exciting. So you’re telling me that maybe for someone who has a lot of ongoing issues and a lot of mental instability, a sudden experience of a significant change in sunlight can factor into them becoming manic, or in some cases depressed?  Plus they’ve had all these years of suffering and substance abuse, while being pressured to be more and more like someone they’re not? And they’ve been prescribed a variety of different medications in a variety of different dosages, which they and their healthcare professional have been tinkering with for months to try and minimize the side effects while maximizing the benefits?

You ever hear about that manic-depressive guy who was tormented by his father before trying to be an artist, then eventually got into the army, ended up with an addiction along the way, then got into power, then got fed a cocktail of amphetamines and other drugs by his doctors?  Well…he didn’t pick up a gun and go on a rampage, but he was responsible for the death of 6 million Jews.  And if not for another manic-depressive who was crazy enough to think that he could be stopped, that 6 million probably would have been double or triple the number.  Apparently Churchill had a good psychotherapist.

There’s so much I’d like to share with you right now, but we’re not quite there yet.

About Mickey Von Bron

Mickey Von Bron is a certified personal trainer who specializes in nutrition, supplements and natural methods of improving health and wellness. Having experienced and overcome many obstacles associated with mental health and addiction, he is committed to inspiring people through his own example. His first book, Drug Free June: A Hypomanic Episode, is soon to be published. You can read some of Mickey's other writing about mental health at AliveAndAwake.ca and Light Way of Thinking.