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Re: Handholding (Shelli, Lorraine)

Posted by Elizabeth on July 29, 2001, at 14:01:07

In reply to Re: Handholding Shelli Lorraine, posted by shelliR on July 27, 2001, at 23:39:14

> > I'm sure you're right. I don't think I so much worry about her ability to handle things (because she really seems to be an old hand at this). I suppose I wish that I could be more helpful to her. She does a ton of giving on this board. I'd like to be able to reciprocate on some meaningful level.
>
> I think for lots of people giving is definitely a part of getting.

That's precisely right, Shelli.

And to Lorraine: I don't know when you first became depressed or seriously anxious, but I've had problems since childhood (first dx of major depression when I was 14, but my doctor and I felt that I'd probably suffered at least one previous episode, when I was 10-11 and possibly dysthymia long before). I think that early-onset depression has much more profound effects on a person than adult-onset depression has. In a sense, I had an incomplete childhood. Although the effect is qualitatively different from the effects of serious abuse in childhood, the degree of impairment that results is comparable, I think.

> I sort of knew what I was getting into. My pdoc said I will adjust to it, and I guess I have adjusted, but I suspected it would not go away because it never went away when I was self-medicating with vicidin. But it's only a little high, and sometimes hard to distinguish from being my normal dissociative self.

(I hate to correct you again, but it's "Vicodin," as in hydrocOdone. :-) )

I'm not so sure that opioids are a good idea for someone who's had problems with dissociation, although the oxycodone seems to be doing you some good. Believe it or not, I've heard that naltrexone can be very beneficial to people who suffer from dissociation.

> A lot of people who were abused in early childhood have temporal lobe epilepsy. I don't really understand about it, but I suppose I will look in up on the internet, since I've been hearing about it for so long without knowing much about it and how exactly it is diagnosed.

It's a lot fuzzier than I think most people realise. You're right that EEGs are subject to interpretation. It does sort of make sense that people who'd suffered abuse would have hyperactive limbic systems (perhaps including the potential for limbic seizures), though.

-elizabeth


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