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Re: effexor scares me michelle a.

Posted by Dinah on January 7, 2002, at 8:56:27

In reply to Re: effexor scares me Teva, posted by michelle a. on January 7, 2002, at 0:43:04

>

Michelle & Teva,
I agree with much of what you say, but there have always been people who fell through the cracks of that mindset. People who were just too vulnerable to respond to a slap of common sense. There are biological vulnerabilities that affect our ability to function. Our ancestors had more than a little depression and anxiety. It was probably self medicated with drugs and alchohol. The most vulnerable individuals probably succumbed to illness or committed suicide. But their relatives probably had a slight advantage in survival due to increased perceptiveness and awareness of danger and more controversially perhaps some increased creativity. These relatives of the most severely affected lived to pass the genes on to us.
Just my own humble theory.
Dinah

 

Re: Sea Vegetables

Posted by Cam W. on January 7, 2002, at 9:29:12

In reply to Sea Vegetables Cam W., posted by IsoM on January 7, 2002, at 1:19:47

IsoM - Thanks, that's what I wanted to know. I am always leery of pyramid selling schemes. They always set off my BS detector. - Cam.

 

Agree with your theory -history agrees too (nm) Dinah

Posted by IsoM on January 7, 2002, at 13:22:41

In reply to Re: effexor scares me michelle a., posted by Dinah on January 7, 2002, at 8:56:27

 

Re: effexor scares me Dinah

Posted by JANNBEAU on January 7, 2002, at 14:35:02

In reply to Re: effexor scares me michelle a., posted by Dinah on January 7, 2002, at 8:56:27

> >Hi, I, too, agree that depression has always been around, at least for a very long time! However, Darwinian evolutionary theory implies "survival of the fittest" with respect to the gene pool. Survivors probably did not carry the genetic trait for depression. If they did carry depression genes, then they probably also carried genes for other, more adaptive behaviors that fostered survival. Those genes should have been amplified in the gene pool, while the genes causing depression would have gradually disappeared from the gene pool, especially as the gene pool is constantly being enlarged), leading to disappearance of depression. Or perhaps we just wouldn't find depression such a problem today. Instead, we perceive depression to have become more prevalent. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, since statistics aren't really available since "depression" isn't a reportable disease for most state public health agencies (who collect most of our morbidity and mortality statistics).

But, you cannot eliminate "nurture" from your equation. We do not seem, as a nation, to be nurturing our to become competent adults. Instead, we're leaving them alone without love, supervision, or role models. The loss of structure from our lives may contribute to depression, or, if depression is genetic, to expression of the gene as the clinical state of depression. The last comment suggests that "nature" and "nurture" are inextricable. If so, history has also shown that people are much a product of their environment and that a positive environment can compensate for, or significantly decrease some of the most devastating of the effects of "nature." This is illustrated by the progress of babies born addicted to crack cocaine who, when removed from the environment that produced them and placed into nurturing homes, are very little different from "normal" people. Much other historical data supports this concept, going all the way back to Harry Harlow's monkeys (and well before that time, too--remember marasmus--the wasting disease of infants left without nurturing care in orphanages?)..illustrating the power of the environment to determine fate.

Then, again, perhaps we ARE just spoiled rotten, we don't have to work hard, we have everything we need in life, we don't have to worry about where we'll get our next pair of Guess? jeans, much less our next meal, and we have much more time to titillate ourselves with our emotional problems. We like to hear ourselves talk and moan. We have powerful imaginations which, if not stopped, can carry us into the most horrible day-time nightmares just by pushing our THOUGHTS into the direction of horrible outcomes!

Then, again, and again, perhaps depression and some other mental illnesses are just a fabrication of the drug companies that make fortunes off those of us (I certainly belong to this group) who have "bought" into the medical model of disease and think that there is a pill to cure every ailment--those of us who take Effexor may or may not agree with the healing effects of this drug--I won't go there, now.

Who knows? I think I just like to hear myself rattle, too.

Cheers,
Jannbeau

. . .People who were just too vulnerable to respond to a slap of common sense. There are biological vulnerabilities that affect our ability to function. Our ancestors had more than a little depression and anxiety. The most vulnerable individuals probably succumbed to illness or committed suicide. But their relatives probably had a slight advantage in survival due to increased perceptiveness and awareness of danger and more controversially perhaps some increased creativity. These relatives of the most severely affected lived to pass the genes on to us.

 

Oops, actually not my theory. IsoM

Posted by Dinah on January 7, 2002, at 19:01:32

In reply to Agree with your theory -history agrees too (nm) Dinah, posted by IsoM on January 7, 2002, at 13:22:41

I should have said my opinion. I'm sure I read it somewhere and just found it a sensible notion. I don't want to take credit for it. :-)

 

Re: effexor scares me JANNBEAU

Posted by Dinah on January 7, 2002, at 19:09:25

In reply to Re: effexor scares me Dinah, posted by JANNBEAU on January 7, 2002, at 14:35:02

Hi Jannbeau,
I'd be happy to continue this discussion of the history and evolution of depression, but I think we'd better move it to Psycho-Social-Babble before Dr. Bob redirects it. I'll post a reply there if you'd like to continue the discussion.
Dinah

 

Re: Oops, actually not my theory. Dinah

Posted by IsoM on January 8, 2002, at 1:20:18

In reply to Oops, actually not my theory. IsoM, posted by Dinah on January 7, 2002, at 19:01:32

That's okay, I didn't quite mean literally your "theory". I probably was in a Monty Python frame of mind. But still, it's what I believe is true of depression's predominance nowadays too.

The Monty Python sketch was where John Cleese dressed as a woman professor was giving 'her' theory on dinosaurs. Everytime I say the word theory that sketch pops into my head.


> I should have said my opinion. I'm sure I read it somewhere and just found it a sensible notion. I don't want to take credit for it. :-)

 

Re: effexor scares me Dinah

Posted by JANNBEAU on January 8, 2002, at 10:58:41

In reply to Re: effexor scares me JANNBEAU, posted by Dinah on January 7, 2002, at 19:09:25

> Hi Jannbeau,
> I'd be happy to continue this discussion of the history and evolution of depression, but I think we'd better move it to Psycho-Social-Babble before Dr. Bob redirects it. I'll post a reply there if you'd like to continue the discussion.
> Dinah

Hi, Dinah. That sounds great. I'll see you at Psycho-Social-Babble if I can figure out how to find you. I am new at this,so I haven't explored all the forums, but I did realize that we were straying from the Effexor thread. Thanks for redirect. BTW, I am feeling so much better since I started Effexor (and another to reduce the sedative effects that seemed to be crippling me) that I actually enjoy the philosophical discussions.

Cheers, JannBeau

 

Re: Recovered and Happy! No More Drugs for Me!!

Posted by zekingprawn on January 8, 2002, at 11:25:19

In reply to Re: Recovered and Happy! No More Drugs for Me!!, posted by Dolphin on January 3, 2002, at 22:25:14

Dolphin, you are right, if it works for you, then THAT IS GREAT FOR YOU. What made me realize this was reading the following that you wrote:

"God did not make Effexor, Paxil, Prozac, etc. However, he did create what our body needs to survive and live."

Let's not bring God into this. God may not have made EFfexor, etc... but he didn't make Penecillin, The Polio Vaccine, The small POx Vaccine, either... but he made the diseases himself. It gets so tiring hearing people praise God for everything good, but for anything bad he had nothing to do with it. He made people, and people are depressed.

It is one thing to use this post to say that something works for you, and another to try to discourage people from using something because 'God didn't make it'.

I had tremendous success with effexor (for anyone who cares, I put up a post called 'effexor success story') so it does work for some people in treating this horrible horrible disease that GOD inflicts.

 

Re: Recovered and Happy! No More Drugs for Me!! zekingprawn

Posted by JANNBEAU on January 8, 2002, at 12:14:40

In reply to Re: Recovered and Happy! No More Drugs for Me!!, posted by zekingprawn on January 8, 2002, at 11:25:19

> Dolphin, you are right, if it works for you, then THAT IS GREAT FOR YOU. What made me realize this was reading the following that you wrote:
>
> "God did not make Effexor, Paxil, Prozac, etc. However, he did create what our body needs to survive and live."
>
> Let's not bring God into this. God may not have made EFfexor, etc... but he didn't make Penecillin, The Polio Vaccine, The small POx Vaccine, either... but he made the diseases himself. It gets so tiring hearing people praise God for everything good, but for anything bad he had nothing to do with it. He made people, and people are depressed.
>
> It is one thing to use this post to say that something works for you, and another to try to discourage people from using something because 'God didn't make it'.
>
> I had tremendous success with effexor (for anyone who cares, I put up a post called 'effexor success story') so it does work for some people in treating this horrible horrible disease that GOD inflicts.

Hi, Zekingprawn: Just want to point out that your response to Dolphin is internally inconsistent. If you are going to leave God out of this, then you have to leave Him out of all of it. You cannot blame him for the depression, either!

Cheers, JannBeau

 

Redirect: Depression and history

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 8, 2002, at 19:30:26

In reply to Re: effexor scares me Dinah, posted by JANNBEAU on January 8, 2002, at 10:58:41

> Hi, Dinah. That sounds great. I'll see you at Psycho-Social-Babble if I can figure out how to find you. I am new at this,so I haven't explored all the forums, but I did realize that we were straying from the Effexor thread. Thanks for redirect.

Here's a link:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/social/20020102/msgs/16409.html

Thanks for thinking of redirecting this piece,

Bob

 

Re: blocked for week angel1

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 8, 2002, at 19:35:54

In reply to Re: Please don't use capital letters..., posted by angel1 on January 6, 2002, at 20:58:55

> > they denote shouting.
> WHATEVER!!!!!!!!!!!

That's not a supportive response, so I'm going to block you from posting for a week.

Bob

 

Redirect: Let's not bring God into this

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 8, 2002, at 19:42:14

In reply to Re: Recovered and Happy! No More Drugs for Me!!, posted by zekingprawn on January 8, 2002, at 11:25:19

> Let's not bring God into this...

Bringing God into this is OK, but should be done at Psycho-Social-Babble rather than here. Thanks,

Bob

PS: And any discussion about what should be posted where should take place at Psycho-Babble Administration.

 

Re: please be civil Cam W.

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 8, 2002, at 19:56:07

In reply to Re: Recovered and Happy! No More Drugs for Me!! Dolphin, posted by Cam W. on January 7, 2002, at 0:03:44

> Please back up your statements with scientific evidence. "Opinions" don't hold much water...
>
> What are "sea vegetables"? What you are describing sounds like manna, or more frighteningly, "Soylent Green"...

I understand that you're skeptical and want more information, but please don't be sarcastic or put pressure on others, thanks.

Bob

 

Re: Redirect: Depression and history Dr. Bob

Posted by JANNBEAU on January 9, 2002, at 10:43:49

In reply to Redirect: Depression and history, posted by Dr. Bob on January 8, 2002, at 19:30:26


> Here's a link:
>
> http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/social/20020102/msgs/16409.html
>
> Thanks for thinking of redirecting this piece,
>
> Bob

Thanks for the link, Dr. Bob.

Cheers,
JannBeau

 

Keeping Dr. Bob busy with this thread! (nm)

Posted by Cindylou on January 9, 2002, at 12:46:10

In reply to Re: please be civil [exasperated sigh!] (nm), posted by Cam W. on January 8, 2002, at 20:50:43

 

Re: Effexor XR cold turkey

Posted by nean on January 10, 2002, at 10:16:23

In reply to Re: Effexor XR cold turkey, posted by nean on January 4, 2002, at 14:45:25

Just wanted to report in. Mainly for new people like me who wonder on to this site. I've been off for 8 days after taking 150mg for almost a year. I don't feel 100%, but the worse of it seems to be over for me. I can at least function now. Thanks again for being out here as a source of information.

 

Re: Effexor XR cold turkey nean

Posted by JANNBEAU on January 10, 2002, at 13:31:56

In reply to Re: Effexor XR cold turkey, posted by nean on January 10, 2002, at 10:16:23

> Just wanted to report in. Mainly for new people like me who wonder on to this site. I've been off for 8 days after taking 150mg for almost a year. I don't feel 100%, but the worse of it seems to be over for me. I can at least function now. Thanks again for being out here as a source of information.

Nean, that's wonderful news. Gives me hope that I can do it, too. I told my doctor about problems others have had and she said she had never had a patient who had significant difficulty witdrawing from Effexor--didn't know what to believe, but was already taking the medication, so your experience is reassuring. Thanks!

JannBeau

 

new side effect

Posted by melmel on January 10, 2002, at 14:06:11

In reply to Anyone had success on Effexor XR? , posted by jp on October 24, 1999, at 14:59:14

i've been on effexor xr for approx 2 months now, 225 mg in the morning. i've noticed lately that when i first get up, before i take the medicine, if i wave my hand in front of my face (or another object moves by), it has a trailer behind it. (by trailer i mean like a tail following behind, kind of hallucinogenic) very weird. anyone else experience this?

 

Re: trailer effect melmel

Posted by IsoM on January 10, 2002, at 15:05:47

In reply to new side effect, posted by melmel on January 10, 2002, at 14:06:11

I'm not going to be of much help to you but I always have had it, meds or not. It seems to part of the package that's described in the subsyndromal epilepsy questionnaire on another page on Dr. Bob's site. It's never bothered me though.


> i've been on effexor xr for approx 2 months now, 225 mg in the morning. i've noticed lately that when i first get up, before i take the medicine, if i wave my hand in front of my face (or another object moves by), it has a trailer behind it. (by trailer i mean like a tail following behind, kind of hallucinogenic) very weird. anyone else experience this?

 

Re: What to do?

Posted by ddurkee on January 10, 2002, at 15:15:02

In reply to What to do? , posted by Kara on January 18, 2001, at 9:50:42

I'm curious that you were diagnosed with anemia. I've been on Effexor for clinical depression for about 6 weeks. A couple weeks before I started the drug, I donated blood, and had no problems doing so. However, today, my hematocrit reading (iron) was too low. I'm waiting to hear from my doctor if it's an interaction from the drug (don't you just love doctors?) but I'm curious if the low iron count is a result of the drug, seeing as I've never had that problem when giving blood before.

 

Re: new side effect

Posted by Teva on January 10, 2002, at 20:34:01

In reply to new side effect, posted by melmel on January 10, 2002, at 14:06:11

> i've been on effexor xr for approx 2 months now, 225 mg in the morning. i've noticed lately that when i first get up, before i take the medicine, if i wave my hand in front of my face (or another object moves by), it has a trailer behind it. (by trailer i mean like a tail following behind, kind of hallucinogenic) very weird. anyone else experience this?

Absolutely! I found that it was especially bad if I missed a day. I hope it clears up for you.

Teva

 

Re: What to do? }}ddurkee Dr. Bob

Posted by sweet_slider on January 11, 2002, at 2:10:08

In reply to Re: What to do? , posted by ddurkee on January 10, 2002, at 15:15:02

I noticed the same thing when I went to give blood, it came up on the first machine(or initial test that they do)as too low but then they did a second test and my count was low but acceptable in their terms to give blood.
Dr. Bob do you have any idea if that is a side effect or just coincidence? I have been on Effexor XR for 5 months now and I have never had a problem with low iron before.

 

Re: What to do? }}ddurkee Dr. Bob sweet_slider

Posted by sid on January 11, 2002, at 8:15:47

In reply to Re: What to do? }}ddurkee Dr. Bob, posted by sweet_slider on January 11, 2002, at 2:10:08

Perhaps it has to do with Effexor, but it could just be that you give blood too often. I used to give blood every... (minimum allowed interval between blood giving at the Red Cross - can't remember; 2 or 3 months?), and at some point I had the same problem. I was told to wait a while because I had given too often and my blood needed more time to rebuild correctly.

> I noticed the same thing when I went to give blood, it came up on the first machine(or initial test that they do)as too low but then they did a second test and my count was low but acceptable in their terms to give blood.
> Dr. Bob do you have any idea if that is a side effect or just coincidence? I have been on Effexor XR for 5 months now and I have never had a problem with low iron before.

 

Re: What to do? }}ddurkee Dr. Bob

Posted by ddurkee on January 11, 2002, at 9:37:18

In reply to Re: What to do? }}ddurkee Dr. Bob sweet_slider, posted by sid on January 11, 2002, at 8:15:47

True, and even though the last time I gave blood was only 8 weeks ago, the time before that was 2-3 years. I did look up some information on Wyeth's website and found that anemia is listed as an infrequent side effect, as opposed to a frequent or rare side effect. Still waiting to hear from my doctor! Thanks for the thoughts.


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