Welcome to HealthDarts.com, your one-stop information portal for the mentally interesting. More or less. We offer a fourth way diverging from the unfortunate majority of consumer-oriented sites one finds on the Internets
- Couch-jumping, fear-mongering, sometimes glib sites that condemn all neurological medications as tools of the devil with ever-lasting side effects that will cripple or kill you; while the people who prescribe them one or more of idiots, sadists, sorcerers and/or members of the global conspiracy out to get the people involved. The only solution to your problems is a regimen of vitamins, herbs, exercise, exorcism and bitching about doctors and drugs.
- Pharmaceutical company sites who offer up their drugs as panaceas with few mild-to-moderate side effects. Little is mentioned about the cost to the uninsured. Actual side effects are buried in doctor-speak and no real idea is presented about the chances of their happening, how long they last or if they will go away during the course of your taking the medication. The same goes for if the drug will work for you or not.
- Support group sites that offer tea and sympathy when it comes to medications. They are great for living with whatever it is you have, but far too often will just enable bad choices in not taking your meds or trying to take the wrong drugs for the wrong reasons.
A lot of people are going to feed you lines about how you can deal with mental illness through therapy, prayer, meditation, and by taking various herbs, vitamins, supplements and amino acids, and by practicing Yoga or similar arts, by changing your diet and various lifestyle changes, and so forth. Well all of those things are really good. I do a lot of those things. Hell, I do most of those things. They are all part of a balanced mental health diet. For some types of mental illness for a lot of people those things alone may be the answer. We are talking about mild to moderate depression, slight anxiety, moderate compulsions, stuff like that. Not being seriously sick in the head.