A Note for Teenagers & Young Adults
Becoming an adult is a fairly complex process! It involves coming to know one’s self through a process called individuation.
Coming to know one’s self can be challenging to say the least. There are many facets of the process including but not limited to:
- Learning how to care for one’s own physicality
- Learning how to care for one’s own emotional health
- Learning how to relate to others as an adult and how to be responsible for one’s self in relationship
- Making choices about how to earn a living
- Understanding one’s place in the world
- Developing a spiritual perspective
Since accutane can cause serious disruption to emotional, mental, and physical health, it can throw a serious wrench in the individuation process. It can make the process of growing up too difficult. If you are taking, or have taken, accutane as a teenager or young adult, know that you may be struggling with mental and emotional difficulties that are not your fault.
Your situation may be so complicated by accutane that the adults in your life may have no idea what to do. If this is you, and you feel like you need help, you can reach me here. Don’t worry about money or cost.
A Note for Parents
If your child has taken accutane, their digestive system and “gut brain” may have been severely damaged, leading to excruciating mental and emotional issues as well as physical exhaustion. They may not be sharing with you the full extent of how much pain they are in. Teenagers, because they are young and have energy, are able to compensate to a higher degree for damage that is done by accutane. This is not a good use of their resources however.
People inherently want to do the best they can in any given situation. If your child doesn’t know that they have been damaged by accutane, they may be embarrassed or feel bad about what they’re experiencing internally.
Since accutane can severely disrupt neurotransmitter production, it’s important that your child receive support in reestablishing a baseline of physical, mental and emotional health. Failure to achieve this can result in developmental issues and an inability to successfully become and adult and take care of themselves. Furthermore, a child can spend years trying to work with therapists or doctors without ever getting at the root problem.
If your teenager or adult child has taken accutane and are struggling in life, they probably need support in healing from the damage caused by accutane. I recommend working with someone who is intimately familiar with accutane damage. On my own journey of trying to heal which lasted more than 30 years, not once did I run into a doctor, nutritionist, healer, or naturopath who screened for accutane damage.
A Note on Accutane & Addiction
Because accutane can cause severe, invisible suffering, people may develop addictions as a way of trying to cope with, or manage the pain. If you have taken accutane and suffer from compulsive behaviors or addictions, realize that you are not a bad person. Accutane can severely disrupt dopamine production. Most compulsive behavior is a strategy to achieve dopamine release. Recovering from accutane may completely ameliorate compulsive behaviors.