In this PsychCentral.com Show podcast with fellow bipolar blogger and mental health advocate Gabe Howard and his co-host, Vincent M. Wales, I read a letter to the televangelist who inspired me to go off my medication and we discuss how to respond to that person’s misguidance.
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Katie Dale, a young woman with bipolar disorder who was convinced by a pastor to discontinue her medication and instead put her faith in God to heal her.
Unsurprisingly, going off her meds plunged Katie into a serious bipolar episode. She resumed her medications and has been living well ever since.
Katie shares with listeners a touching, yet very pointed letter that she wrote to this pastor explaining how she understood his motives. But, she cautions, this doesn’t change the fact that his advice was harmful.
Check it out here.
For follow up discussion, tell me your thoughts in the comments on why you think those with bipolar find it so tempting to not take their medication?