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Re: This is the Truth

Posted by huxley on May 25, 2012, at 5:59:23

In reply to Re: This is the Truth huxley, posted by SLS on May 17, 2012, at 6:13:30

> Hi again, Huxley.
> > > > "i went in to treat my "mild depression" and now 7 years later i am almost completely dysfunctional."
> > > This is an exercise in logic:
> > >
> > > How were you able to discount the possibility that the natural course of your illness progressed over the course of 7 years? 7 years is more than enough time for depression to worsen from mild to severe. It took less than 7 years for me to have this happen - and this occurred before I ever took a psychotropic drug.
> > That wasn't me scott, I was quoting someone else from this thread but I did have a similar experience.
> Oops. Sorry.
> > I can tell because when I stopped taking my drugs I got better.
> I believe you.
> > Not suggesting this would happen for everyone but it makes you wonder.
> Yes, it does. What symptoms / illness were you initially attempting to treat? Was the mild depression diagnosed as being Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or dysthymia?
> > I was indeed being made mentally ill by medications.
> In what ways was this mental illness different from your initial presentation?
> > How do you know that your drugs have not added to/caused further illness?
> Good question.
> :-)
> I don't.
> As a matter of fact, I am sure that my exposure to antidepressants and older antipsychotics has made me more resistant to responding to these drugs. I have acknowledged this for over 20 years. The only things is, I was in pain, episodically suicidal, and couldn't function without some sort of medical intervention. New drugs weren't coming out fast enough to think about waiting for them while in a drug-free state. This would have been ideal. I felt that I had no better choice than to pursue further antidepressant treatment. What I don't know is whether or not drugs increased the severity of my depression. This sometimes happens on its own as time passes.
> I am genuinely happy - and believing - that you are doing better without psychiatric medication.
> - Scott

Thanks scott, I appreciate your kind words.

> In what ways was this mental illness different from your initial presentation?

I got to a stage where I believe my meds, inparticular zyprexa and lactimal had induced

- panic attacks
- derealization
- anxiety
- brainfog/cognative impairment

Of course I can't prove any of this.

My diagnosis over time varied inbetween, depression, anxiety, SAD, bipolar, ADD..... one even suggested OCD.

I dont begrudge suicidal people or chronically ill people from trying anything to get better given the alternatives.

And I guess we will never no how our lives would have been had we not being ingesting mind altering drugs.

What I hate, with a passion, is doctors handing out drugs like candy.

drugs, which obviously CAN and do have severe side effects.




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