I hope for your sake that you are right, but at least I was open to the possibility that you needed help. It was an RUOK moment: there does not need to be any stigma attached to seeking help for mental illness, so there was no need for you to feel publicly shamed.

I’ve read the rest of your article, and to call it pseudoscience is praising it, and I still think it reads as a call for help, whether you realise it or not. I have had friends who have had psychotic episodes, and the first downwards step was always stopping their medication. They usually had elaborate justifications for why they didn’t need their medications, or unfounded theories that the medicines were doing them harm.

Combine this with the use of Marijuana and you have all the warning flags: they don’t call it a mind-altering drug for nothing. The NIDA site says “Several studies have linked marijuana use to increased risk for psychiatric disorders, including psychosis (schizophrenia), depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.” You should consider abstinence from Marijuana to see if your experience of reality changes once you are no longer under the effect of a Psychedelic drug.

“the truth as I’ve experienced it… doesn’t change the fact that I have experienced these things and they are real.” Of course your experiences are real to you; that doesn’t mean they have any objective reality in the real world. Being absolutely sure of the reality of things that don’t exist is pretty much the definition of schizophrenia.

I don’t think that failing to buy in to your subjective experience makes me brainwashed in any way: quite the reverse. Since you pride yourself on being open minded, you could at least consider the possibility that your self-diagnosis “I did this all intuitively after meditating on my health daily” is no substitute for a medical professional’s attention. Belief in things such as the Eye of Ra and Chakra points doesn’t exactly bolster your claims of mental health: these are textbook pseudoscience.

Don’t take my word for it: get a second opinion on your article from a psychologist: that’s all I ask.

I work in IT, Community volunteer interested in Politics, support Capitalism as the best economic system for lifting people out of poverty, Skeptical scientist.

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