Posted by KaraS on November 28, 2004, at 23:34:53
In reply to Re: Were You Depressed in the 80s? » KaraS, posted by cubbybear on November 28, 2004, at 3:45:03
> > I got a book that explained some basic things about antidepressants (mostly TCAs at the time) and another book about panic attacks and agoraphobia.
> > I shudder to think what life must have been like for people with depression and anxiety problems in all of the prior centuries before any of these medications were discovered.
> Yours is an incredible story--just the type of experience I was wondering about when I started this thread. Do you happen to recall the title/author of the book you mentioned? I recall that a former high school friend recommended a book called "Feeling Good" that was an extremely good and practical self-help book on the role of negative thinking in depression. It also was quite encouraging and interesting on the subject of antidepressants.
> As for your wondering what people did about depression in the centuries before medications, I automatically think of the painter Vincent Van Gogh who wrote tormented letters to his brother, cut off his own ear and then finally shot himself.
I think that the 2 posters following me had more dramatic experiences than mine. Unfortunately, there are a lot of horror stories out there. There are good psychiatrists out there too though. The trick is to find them.
As for the book that I read, it was "Hope and Help for Your Nerves" by Claire Weekes. It is very old and I would bet that there are much better books out there now on panic disorder that will give you more scientific information.