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RE: Dr Jensen--Questions for Phillip Marx

Posted by jamie on December 26, 1999, at 9:37:06

Hello Phillip. I have been a dedicated skeptic of Dr Jensen's methods of treating mood disorders. After reading the information at his website I am admittedly a little more open minded to his approach. Since we actually know so little of the causes of mood disorders or exactly why certain drugs work or don't work, he does pose some theories worthy of consideration.

I still can't quite decide whether he is truly on to something or whether he has found a niche in a desperate population to get very rich. Maybe both? His consultation fees sure seem high. But the fact that some medical schools are teaching with his book is interesting.

There have been drugs I've tried for depression that worked very fast. I thought, wow, this is it. But then it faded and could never be duplicated in adjustments of dosage or time. I wonder how he deals with that phenomenon? You say he cures 30% to 60% of people within two weeks? Well, what about the other 40% or so? If his theories are solid, it seems like that 60% success ratio isn't any better than throwing the dice when choosing a medication. ???

The one thing I do like about his strategy is the requirement to try several drugs in such a short time span. I kind of like that. Not sure why. But I think if we could sample a little of this and a little of that before committing to eight week trials, we might have the opportunity to focus in on one particular sample that seemed somehow special in comparison to the others.

You mentioned in another post that Dr Jensen has helped you twice...??? What happened after the first time? Why did you have to go back again? After the initial consultation, how many drugs did you have to try? How many follow-up consultations did it take for you to find the right drugs? And again, why was it neccessary to go back a second time around?

Sorry for all the questions here. I'm skeptical yet curious and openminded. I would like to hear feedback from someone with direct experience with Dr Jensen. If you would like to share your story, I would be interested. thanx, jamie




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