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Re: CBT questions

Posted by fires on June 7, 2004, at 16:39:14

In reply to Re: CBT questions fires, posted by Miss Honeychurch on June 7, 2004, at 16:01:33

I've had 3 major depressions in my life. None followed "triggering events". I had electroconvulsive therapy as a last resort for my first episode and like therapy, and inadequate med trials, it didn't help. Time alone and some dietary changes seemed to help (wheat and milk eliminated).

My second episode resolved in about 6-8 weeks thanks to Parnate and a psychiatrist who, didn't believe in psychobabble. Close to my discharge day, he told me when he entered the room, "You won't believe what a nurse just asked me?" I asked him what she had asked. He said that she wondered if he was going to start working on my problems since I was greatly improved. He asked her what problems she was talking about, adding that Depression WAS my PROBLEM. We both got a chuckle from her attitude.

My 3rd episode was late last year and Effexor and Clonazepam helped bring me out of that. Thank God I had a good Resident at a Univ Med Ctr, or I wouldn't have stuck with Effexor due to the tough physical symtoms I experienced with every doseage increase.

I know that some psychobabblers will probably rush in to tell me that Effexor is going to kill me, they did on the med. site, but that's ok.;)

I couldn't imagine in my wildest dreams how CBT could have gotten me out of Dep. when I couldn't think well enough,talk loud enough, or communicate anything other than my most basic needs.

Anyway, I'm glad it is working for you.




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