Man on a Mission

February 05, 2019

 

The Mission

I am going to help szers accept help for their disorder.

The Plan

I’m in undergrad studies now, studying psychology at the University of Arizona (online). My plan is to graduate by Summer 2020, then begin medical school in Fall 2021. I will graduate medical school in May 2025, then do a 4-year residency in psychiatry where I will learn the art and science of counseling and prescribing medications. My research will focus not on developing better medications for szers but on helping them accept the help that will ease their suffering and help them on their path of recovery.

Background

In 1994, I earned a B.A in Biological Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Microbiology. My intention was to go to medical school to become a psychiatrist. Fate had other ideas for me. For an overview of my sz experience, please read About Me and My Blog.

Fast forward 24 years (December 2018). After trying dozens of different medications at dozens of different dosages, after approximately 40 hospitalizations and close to 20 different stints in homeless shelters, I googled “alternative medications for bipolar disorder.” Several articles on L-thyroxine came up. I read them, made hard copies of these studies and took them to my pdoc. He reluctantly tried me on 25mcg. There was a slight improvement, so he increased the dosage to 50mcg. The improvement was noticeable. [Please, read L-thyroxine: 50mcg for more on this.]

Conclusion

Twenty-five years ago, medical school was taken away from me along with my dreams of helping people who are suffering. It’s time to take those dreams and ambitions back.

 

Updates

February 14, 2019

My L-thyroxine dosage was recently raised to 75mcg then to 100mcg. The difference is astounding. I start school in March of this year. I will take the Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT) late this summer and apply to several schools on the West Coast of the United States. I will get in.

August 31, 2019

My goal of helping people with schizophrenia get help is still intact; however, this goal has widened to include rehabilitating those with sz with the goal of full recovery. The means to those ends have changed, however. I’m still at Arizona studying psychology, and my plan is to go to grad school for clinical psychology. Rehabilitation and recovery include medications, but it also includes psychotherapy and that will be my focus.

 

 

 

 

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