Please no paranoid talk about psychiatric meds. Sometimes they are the only thing that is able to prevent big pain and death.
They have serious side effects, and don’t always work as expected, but they saved my life many times I believe. They make the unbearable bearable, at least for me. If I wouldn’t have such meds, I’d probably already be insane or dead.
In the psychiatry scene it is customary that once in a while some people decide that the “the meds are bad™” and it would be better not to take them any more and somehow “manage” or “overcome” the psychosis. Well once in a while somebody actually makes it through somehow if the psychosis is of the not too severe kind, that is to be respected ofc. But in most cases the people just become big time insane, and their life or even that of others might then be destroyed in the cause of further actions. Because if the Psychosis is severe, and it can have different levels of strength from case to case, it can make the psychotic one belive everything, also the most atrocious things, people might even kill themselves or totally innocent, believing it is the only thing that is left for them to do to save themselves or others. You read about such stories in the newspapers once in a while - normally it is psychotics who were not diagnosed yet, or such that stopped taking their meds and drink alcohol and smoke weed and snort pep instead.
So, please respect psychotics but please don’t tell them lies about their psychosis or the medication. You might kill them or other innocent people with it. This is no joke, and no exaggeration!
There are however often ways for psychotic people to manage Psychosis with less meds, or if the psychosis is weak then some might manage to get off the meds in a soft way, with support etc. But still that would often mean for many people that it is only possible in a safe and stress-free environment, with proper backing from experienced people and the right therapeutic techniques.
Life is possible and actually very good, even with chronic psychosis and a crapload of those meds. I have chronic psychosis, and I do high dosage antipsychotics. I have to do, else I’d be gone from this world. And I still have hallucinations and altered modes of thinking, which are very painful. Yet with the meds the effects of the psychosis are much more gentle.
And still it is a good life to life - and I am glad that the meds could turn the most atrocious mindrape soulcripple death shit into something that I am halfway able to live with. I suffer, and wouldn’t even wish my worst enemy the fate that struck me, but still I can live and do one thing or another with my life. Yes I tried to get off the meds in the past, but it was too much for me, usually after a week without sleep, being strung out and drowned in hallucinations I had to start taking them again. I had to accept, that my psychosis isn’t managable without the medication. My hopes are that in future there might be better substances, with less side effects and stronger liberation of the mind. Because that is what those meds can bring sometimes: liberation of the mind, to one extent or another.