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Re: one more thing- positive, and suicidal » deniseuk190466

Posted by Lindenblüte on October 18, 2006, at 15:09:25

In reply to Re: one more thing- positive, and suicidal, posted by deniseuk190466 on October 18, 2006, at 14:11:50

> Thanks for the hug :-)
> but really it's not the life stressors that are causing me problems, it's the depression. The depression is for no reason, the life stressors don't really make things worse or better they are just there.
> Sometimes it is nice to be able to talk to someone who understands and I will do cognitive therapy just to humour everyone but really I hate it when psychiatrists try and push therapy at you because THEY don't know what else to do.
> A previous psychiatrist of mine (who I liked and respected) said he thought that I was perfectly well balanced and that he didn't think therapy would be of any benefit to me.
> I don't need therapy, I just need an antidepressant that does what it is supposed to do and what it used to do!
> Anyway, thanks for responding.
> Denise

Ahh, okay, well I understand where you're coming from. The first two times I met the Big D I had no idea where it was coming from. Now I do have an idea. My therapists helped me figure out where it comes from and therefore it helps me figure out how to avoid it in the future. However, the psychopharm was essential in making me feel well enough to tolerate therapy. I've never done much CBT work. My first T (the one who helped me out of my depression earlier this year used eclectic approach-- but ultimately, my breakthrough came when I realized that my depression is just an extension of a coping mechanism that I had perfected over many years- i.e. an active avoidance of acknowledging and learning my own emotional reponses. Why and how did that coping mechanism develop? Well, that's unique to me.

I guess I think of depression as kind of like heart disease- once we've got it, we all show similar patterns and symptoms, but the reasons why we developed it, (poor diet, genetic susceptibility, job stress, inactive lifestyle, etc) are unique and special to all of us. Therapy helped me figure out what I needed to understand as the cause of my disorder(s), and since I'm learning more about me, I won't have to waste my time on more exercise, or reducing job stress- that the real reason I've got heart disease is that I eat too much animal fat etc. So? I guess I'm a fan of both therapy and medication working together, and there is research supporting both approaches, both alone, and in concert with each other. Ultimately, however, if the client doesn't wish to change his diet, he's not going to, no matter how many nutritionists he consults!

I wish you the best, and hope that you get the medication you need to feel better. You CAN get through this, and (((((Denise))))) knows what's best for Denise. I just wanted to give you a different perspective, since I know that therapy (and meds!) have helped me a LOT.





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