Posted by med_empowered on November 17, 2005, at 2:12:07
In reply to Re: Lurkers Please Come Out and Regulars too About Med, posted by Phillipa on November 16, 2005, at 21:56:16
hey phillipa! OK, so I can't make babblemail work...I think my computer hates me. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let's chat.
Your life sounds so interesting! I can't realy tell you whether to take meds or not. I'm not, and sometimes I feel really bad but..maybe I need to feel bad sometimes? It helps me notice what's going on in my life and change **my life** to suit **me**, rather than trying to medicate myself into fit an idea of how I *should* be. Does that make sense?
I really don't see why a doc won't just give you some benzos. I mean, you don't seem likely to abuse medications (benzos aren't that addictive anyway). Besides, in my experience, the stuff you describe--early awakenings, intense panic, etc.--can be dealt with pretty quickly with benzos, and the side effects are usually pretty minimal. I honestly don't see what all the fuss is about. Antidepressants aren't all that great, really; if you look at the data, most of their effects are placebo..so, really, shrinks might want to consider placebo-therapy for depression. Itd be cheaper and there'd be fewer side effects.
Like I said, I dont know if you should take meds or not. I'd kind of lean towards keeping the meds minimal--as-needed sleep aids, as-needed benzos for panic attacks--so you can focus more on other treatments, like intensive talk therapy or group therapy. Maybe an interesting hobby? I've taken up writing again, and it helps...I get to write out my feelings both directly (journals) and kind of indirectly (fictional writing). Plus, it gives me something to focus my thoughts on, which is always nice.