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Re: Luvox/Anafranil question

Posted by JohnL on September 11, 1999, at 11:58:58

In reply to Re: Luvox/Anafranil question, posted by Laura on September 11, 1999, at 8:34:28

> to shirley who thinks we are on drugs for no reason: You obviously dont have OCD, or do not know anyone who has it.
> You are crazy if you think we are on these drugs because we like
> them, or use them for a crutch. Anafranil has saved my life, literally,
> because I was close to a break down before being
> introduced to it. So sad so little is still taken
> seriously when it comes to mental illness in todays world!

I read an article in Psychology Today magazine, Oct '99, that had a pros and cons debate between a psychiatrist who is quitting the profession due to his perceived over-use and financilly-corrupt drug industry, and a mainstream psychiatrist who leans toward pharmacology. Both sides have merits I think. I think the pro argument won, because indeed there are millions of lives documented that have been saved and improved with medicines. Unless someone has been there, it's profoundly impossible to comprehend and extremely easy to critique. Some do well with psychotherapy, but often psychotherapy provides frustrating results untill medical intervention takes place first. Medical advances today make it possible for folks to have effective choices when another approach falls short. Folks who improve or are cured with medicine are able to have a brand new life that otherwise would not be possible. I think if it works, great. And if it aint broke, don't fix it. Fortunate we all have free choice.




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