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Re: To Medicate or Not Medicate--?

Posted by pej on April 14, 1999, at 10:15:17

In reply to To Medicate or Not Medicate--?, posted by ruth on April 14, 1999, at 8:37:46

> Hi,
> I have what I'd call mild chronic depression. Nothing
> major, I can function, I can often be (without ad's)
> mind you, just those sort of inner demons, fears, etc)
> > > and I'm not sure what I'm getting at. > spectrum.
> I guess the bottom line is, if I try alternative
> methods, and they don't work, I can always go back to
> taking Celexa or prozac...

>>Hey Ruth,

I've gone w/o AD's for periods of time during really intense therapy and a lot of meetings for adult children of alcoholics and al-anon. Had a lot of good support and made many new friends.
I remember not going to meetings sometimes because my stomach would growl and make so much noise it would be ridiculous(LOL). Even though I made a lot of progress in many areas of human relations, I kinda knew that the sadness that I've carried was still pretty evident. Sad, intrusive codependent like thoughts have always just kicked my butt.
I made it w/o meds but I think the whole experience would have been better with at least some sort of maintenance dose on board.
There are several studies in the works comparing SJW W/ Prozac and placebo BTW.
To me, it sounds like you may do okay w/o meds but if you are getting them from a shrink(hopefully), I would still keep occasional appts to monitor. Depression is sneaky and a pro observer of the medical persuasion should be a not forgotten ally.
The taper and switch s/b w/ DR. guidance.
Just an opinion.





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