Posted by avid abulia on July 31, 2003, at 8:15:50
In reply to Re: Better living through chemistry. » HenryO, posted by galkeepinon on July 31, 2003, at 2:11:38
> Do meds really work or is it (as someone mentioned in an earlier post this week) a fact of A LOT of hard, intense work w/o meds to get better? At this moment I wonder if thats what I may need to do, work that no med can do????? Interesting..........
> Thoughts anyone????
My general take on currently available psychotropic meds are that they are somewhat akin to narcotics... there are definitely situations where they will make the situation much more bareable and are clearly needed, and sometimes just letting the body heal itself, while under the influence of something that makes you at least not care about the pain, even if you still feel it, is all that is necessary... but in most cases where narcotics are used, there are changes in diet, environment, lifestyle, habits, socialization, coping skills, etc. that make all the difference between elimination of the pain, or popping a pill (or eight pills, whatever) three times per day to get by for the rest of your days and still feeling the pain (but not caring quite so much about it)...
Speaking of, it's about that time of day *sighs* *takes meds* *yawns* *curses self for ever having put Vivactil in his body* *wishes he had slept last night and the night before*
And then i'm sure that there will still be some people for whom so much damage has been done or whose condition is so poorly understood, that they can make all the right non-medication changes in their lives, and then still need the meds. But, it would be my guess that these people are in the minority, that eventually most of us could theoretically use medication to stabilize our behavior and then slowly work it out from there.
Just two more of my cents.