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Re: OCD as an example Squiggles

Posted by Squiggles on October 14, 2006, at 8:38:00

In reply to Re: OCD as an example alexandra_k, posted by Squiggles on October 14, 2006, at 7:51:12

p.s. the social dysfunction you speak of
is the price that a lot of mental patients
have to pay-- the drugs are hard to live with and you are not normal. A friend and a sympathetic ear is consoling; group therapy is not necessarily everyone's cup of tea.

I would also like to tell you something from my own experience, something anecdotal, outside the medical journals and statistics.

I have witnessed with my own eyes a desperate attempt at a hanging. (i stopped it and
took my friend to the hospital). This action,
which should not surprise you if you read
the news about people who do crazy things in
the grips of depression, was in response to
a mounting major depressive state.

Now, i ask you - should i have taken this person
to group therapy or to a dr. who gave meds?

Hmmm?

It's a rhetorical question, you don't have to
answer, but if you have been to group therapy
i hope you picked up some compassion and understood that mental illness is an illness and not a coffee table game. Once again, most meds
suck, and they ruin your life and your dreams in many cases, and there is stigma. But it's all we've got right now. Group therapy sounds nice, but it cannot reverse mental illness - it is possibly an adjunct as you mentioned. Personally, i find reading a good book or speaking to a friend preferable.

Squiggles


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