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Re: Article in NYT RE: Self-Prescribing/Medicating

Posted by Iansf on November 17, 2005, at 1:36:03

In reply to Re: Article in NYT RE: Self-Prescribing/Medicating willyee, posted by Nickengland on November 16, 2005, at 18:30:13

> Hi willyee,
> I'm no way a fortune teller, but something told me that when I last saw Amy's thread when she was gathering information about her story, I knew there would be aspects of it I would agree with, but also I knew there would be parts of the truth which were not put into print and these aspects although may notbe relevant to the average joe (make the first page etc) are relevant in a sense to the reader as it shows what lengths people with mental illness have to go to gain relief...The people with mental illness seem to always have the short straw with stigma etc so to speak..
She interviewed me, but it became clear very quickly that I didn't fit the pattern she had in her head, which was that self-prescribing was something only people in their 20s and 30s do and it's happening to a large extent because of the Internet. I'm in my 50s. I have friends who are in their 40s, 50s and 60s who also try to take control of their treatment. I started doing my own research 10 years before I even heard of the Internet. But because this information didn't fit her thesis, she ignored it. She even told me she'd spoken to several other people who were in their 40s and 50s. But all of us got left out because it disrupted her premise. Rather than adjust her premise, she preferred to adjust reality. It doesn't necessarily negate much of what she said, but I do find it rather insulting.




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