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Re: Survival Homework (long)

Posted by Dinah on May 22, 2004, at 23:26:30

In reply to Survival Homework (long), posted by DaisyM on May 21, 2004, at 16:52:06

> My kidself was really tantruming basically telling me our discussion of medications made her feel like she should stay asleep and not bother anyone else. with her pain.

Right before and after and during sleep is when our defenses are their lowest, and when the more "unconscious" or hidden areas of our minds get to play. I can always tell best what I'm feeling if I pay attention as I go to sleep and wake up.

Maybe that's her time. Which doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to sleep. Needs must be balanced and compromises made. Maybe trade therapy time for her for sleep for you?

I've never bought the argument that medications reducing suffering is bad. I can see not medicating yourself out of your mind. But suffering is not necessarily a virtue. Can't you try for a nice balance? Enough that your pain is manageable? Enough that you can tolerate exploratory therapy without losing your ability to function?

Of course, only you and your mental health professionals can determine what's best for you. But I find therapy works best when I'm not terrified of falling apart between sessions. Optimum frustration.




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