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obsessing about treatment generally linkadge

Posted by pseudoname on November 17, 2005, at 11:36:35

In reply to Re: Shafer on Harmon's article, posted by linkadge on November 17, 2005, at 10:57:42

> I think some drugs can actually create a psudo drug seeking behavior

It's certainly possible. People *do* get hung up on finding "the perfect med."

But the obsessive sort of behavior you describe in your mother and yourself reminds me of nothing so much as my experience with (medication-free) psychoanalysis and other therapies. I spent WAY too much time, money, and energy believing I could determine my fate by solving some unconscious conflict or by engaging some technique thoroughly enough or by reading enough original psychology texts to gain true insight. I invested heavily in those pursuits and in various "therapeutic dyads" for YEARS rather than doing the things that could actually have improved the quality of MY life.

I think the potential pitfall you describe is not something inherent in medication; it's in the promise of finally obtaining that elusive relief from persistent, mysterious problems.




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