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Re: Duplicating an MAOI (safer/effective/possible( Ilene

Posted by Bob on July 15, 2003, at 19:31:25

In reply to Re: Duplicating an MAOI (safer/effective/possible( djmmm, posted by Ilene on July 15, 2003, at 12:23:11

> > You shouldn't be concerned about weight gain...depression is far more debilitating...not everyone gains weight on nardil, I never did.
> Maybe you aren't, but I am. I'm already overweight. It's more than "mere" vanity. Weight is a big issue for many people. Maybe it "shouldn't' be, but that doesn't actually change anything for many people, esp. women.
> More importantly, lots of people who are depressed have other problems such as diabetes or heart disease, which are exacerbated by excess weight.
> I have problems with my feet that are made worse by my weight, which means I can't walk far or even stay on my feet very long.
> I have another condition that prevents me from exerting myself. I used to work hard on keeping myself in shape. I'm no athlete (picked last on the team in grade school). I used to swim and bicycle, even did weights for a while, but those trigger my problem. It actually took about a decade to figure out why I was getting sick all the time. If I could walk I wouldn't be so deconditioned.
> I know there may be ways around this problem, but I don't have the energy to deal with them now.
> I don't want rob Peter to pay Paul. It's a big deal for me. Side effects cause what the MDs call "non-compliance", the implication being that patients aren't cooperating out of ignorance or stupidity. I'm progressing (if you can call it that) from fairly tolerable drugs to ones that are harder to deal with, and *they don't even work.*
> I'm getting emotional even posting this message. Am I over-reacting? Most people would think so, but they're not me.
> I'm about to launch a rant, but my hand hurts, so I'll leave it alone.
> I.

I don't think you're overreacting at all. The dismissal of significant weight gain and the loss of sexual libido can be absolute showstoppers for many. Humans simply are not programmed to want to be overweight, or to not be able to feel their genitals. Being thin and sexually desireable is deeply, deeply ingrained in the human psyche, like it, or not. That's the way it is. It is not right to tell someone else they should not care about it. BTW, I have suffered from (and still do) suicidal depression for years. I don't want to be depressed, or suicidal. I also don't want to be 40 pounds overweight and never be able to have sex again. Of course, I am in a third category, where I've gained weight, my libido is suppressed, and the medecines don't work well.




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