The mental health in minority groups and the stigma attached to it is mostly why it can not be healed or looked into. No matter what the stigma attached to depression and anxiety, it is not me as a person. The stigma of it does not control me and having depression and anxiety only makes me unique by looking at things at a different perspective and have more empathy for others. I have a mental disorder and i'm proud!
Dr. Kim Dennis, the Medical Director at Timberline Knolls residential treatment center, does not consider this to be true recovery. "If a person becomes dependent on marijuana to manage her eating disorder, she doesn't have the freedom that a person in recovery has. The person in recovery has done work to uncover and heal the underlying issues."
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I felt alone because, I never heard of a black person having depression or anxiety. I didn't know who to talk to without thinking that I was crazy and needed to go to the mental ward. Which is one of the issues today of why black people do not speak up about what is happening to them. The black community and church go hand and hand. To go to church is what we do to go to pray and heal ourselves and ask for help. The problem is that it is to be believed that it is the only solution to the problem. The issue is that even when you go to the alter or speak of it you are deemed as weak or you have a demon in you. There is no demon inside of me and I am not weak. The perceptions that balck people can not have a mental disorder is the façade that black people always have to be strong and never waiver. To be deemed that you have a mental disorder is shoved under the rug and no one else should know because we have to be perceived as strong.
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Other experts disagree. , CEO and Medical Director of Timberline Knolls, a leading residential treatment center and partner with the , pointed out that while marijuana may be seen as a more natural alternative to psychotropic drugs, marijuana is also virtually unregulated compared to the pharmaceutical drug industry, meaning it's hard for patients to choose the right dose or the right strain. She also said that of those with eating disorders also have substance abuse problems, and worries about creating dependency on the drug. A mental health counselor in a well-known center for the treatment of eating disorders in Massachusetts added that "with a lot of these kids, their cardiac system is compromised. When you smoke weed, your heart rate can spike." She says there was a 14-year-old in her center who was sent to the hospital for symptoms of a heart attack—something that would only be exacerbated with weed.
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Dr. Beth Braun, a psychologist in Los Angeles who works specifically with eating disordered patients, says she's seen greater success with her clients who smoke weed than those who take psychotropic drugs. Dr. Braun doesn't recommend pot to her patients, since she can't legally prescribe drugs (she's a psychologist, not a psychiatrist) but she says if it works for her patients—if they feel better and it helps them start eating—then she supports it.
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The offers a outlining guidelines for treating patients with eating disorders, which rattles off an extensive list of psychiatric medications that might aid in recovery—benzodiazepines, SSRIs, anti-psychotics, topiramate, lithium. Marijuana is not on the list. Of the medications listed, the guide acknowledges a litany of possible problems: Malnourished patients tend to have worsened side-effects from antidepressants and anti-psychotic medications, both of which are commonly prescribed. Patients taking anti-psychotic medication need to be monitored for akathisia, a type of corollary distress from the meds. Certain antidepressant (like bupropion) come with a black-box warning because in underweight people, there is an increased risk of seizure. Benzodiazepines can become highly addictive. Other medications can cause "insulin resistance, abnormal lipid metabolism, and prolongation of the QTc interval," which can lead to heart problems.