Posted by Wendy on March 30, 2001, at 15:43:40
In reply to Re: I'm scared, posted by Emily B. on March 29, 2001, at 23:07:23
> >The only problem is that I feel "fine" and "better" the rest of the month. I convince myself that I don't need help.< <
Well, you have to decide for yourself if the 'good' days are acceptable enough to allow for the 'bad' days. I think you already know the answer to that one.
> >Is there a way to know if a doctor supports Sarafem. I would like to know before I approach her with it.< <
This one's a shot in the dark if you don't know your doctor well enough to presume such. Here's what I did when I finally worked up the courage to ask my doctor for help. I went online to the 'Sarafem.com' site and printed off EVERY page; both the patient information and the physician's information. Then I went over the information with a fine tooth comb and was brutally honest with myself in answering/commenting on the information/questions.
I dropped off the information at my doctor's office and asked (pleaded, really) the nurses to please have him read the papers before my appointment. He did, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that he in full support of PMDD being a legitimate disorder (he's an older family physician, so I wasn't sure how he would respond to this), and after asking a LOT of questions, he offered me 2 options. Medication with monthly follow-up and/or psychiatric intervention. I chose the meds because it was the best option for me; I had already investigated the disorder (and others) for many months, and I was certain that 'talking about' what was happening wasn't going to give me any further insight.
The meds have helped TREMENDOUSLY!
> >It makes me feel better to know I'm not alone.< <
Use this courage to go forward with your quest for answers and help from your own doctor.