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Re: It doesn't get any better than this?

Posted by JahL on May 22, 2001, at 19:52:09

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this? gilbert, posted by dougb on May 22, 2001, at 13:43:26


> > But it seems to me from reading this board and from my own experience we are all scurrying from one drug to another in hopes of finding something that will give us that glimpse of happiness that may not actually exist. This may be as good as it gets.

> Now, we are expected to believe that 'maybe it just doesn't get any better'?

Brief AD-induced euthymia taught me 'happiness' (ie feeling normal/alive/human, whatever) *does* exist &, given an excellent pdoc who's prepared to push the envelope, plus a good dose of fortune, is theoretically attainable. Believe me, it's worth going thru' all this sh*t to escape a living death & rejoin the human race.

Doug, you're so right about the price we all pay, but you omitted to mention that a significant few pay the highest price...

J.
(you listen to that Hicks stuff?)

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this?

Posted by gilbert on May 22, 2001, at 23:48:33

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by JahL on May 22, 2001, at 19:52:09

Look I will be the first to admit that modern science has benefited many in the area of depression and other mental health issues however st james you say you have been 100% for 18 years on AD's.......Am I to assume you have been on the same med for 18 years never having to go through the anguish and withdrawal process of med hopping and that you have never suffered in between meds that some how magically you were given the right pill 18 years ago and poof you have been 100% since. I know very few healthy people off meds who can make that claim let alone someone suffering from mental illness. I am functional and I am somewhat happy but I do believe our expecations of the drugs are way too high. ......and maybe being funtional and a usefull member of society is as good as it gets maybe nirvana is not acheivable through pysch meds...............thanks for the spirited debate......Gil

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this?

Posted by Cam W. on May 23, 2001, at 2:44:09

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by gilbert on May 22, 2001, at 23:48:33

I find it funny (and ironic) that people expect a pill to make them "normal". Perhaps the psychiatric community isn't explaining what they do, in an understandable manner. Antidepressants (and all medications) are only bandages. They do not "cure" anything. Antidepressants help one function better in society, but the amount they are able to help one function depends on how much work one is willing to do to "get better". One can't take a pill and "fix" yourself. The only way to do that is to change your aberrant thinking and dysfunctional coping mechanisms. It has been my experience that few people are actually willing to go through the pain of changing themselves and would rather blame their situation on medications (it's easier than working on one's problem).

My view - Cam

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this?-Cam W

Posted by Thrud on May 23, 2001, at 7:23:23

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by Cam W. on May 23, 2001, at 2:44:09

Hi Cam,

I tried very hard at cognitive therapy and could easily use the disputational techniques to correct aberrant thoughts when they caused me discomfort. Unfortunately(?) I did not have many aberrant thoughts to dispute!!! When I asked myself why I was feeling depressed or anxious, the honest answer was nearly always, "no reason". I do not ruminate or entertain automatic trains of thought. However I do feel extremely ill within two weeks of ceasing medfication, regardless of the circumstances I am in. I could make minor changes in mood through cognitive therapy but the big baseline changes have only been made through medication. And this really sucks because of the side effects of medication
:-(
I fully agree with you that few people discipline themselves to make cognitive therapy work; it takes much effort and practise. However sometimes lay people and experts alike tend to think that cognitive therapy is superior because, through discipline, the patient has "earned" their relief from depression and that ADs tend to be cop-outs. The flip side to that argument is the implicit notion that patients have in a sense "earned" their depression as well.

Perhaps you will agree that you meet many people who clearly have distortions in their thinking and yet are not depressed and therefore not regarded as ill? Taking an effective AD while maintaining cognitive distortions might still take someone from being "ill" to being "well" in the eyes of society.
Anyway, I am not arguing with you. It's just that I've had my fair share of inquisitions from people trying to find the cognitive distortions at the root of my illness and coming to the conclusion that either I was either deceptive or simply would not open up to them.
Ah well. Cognitive therapy or ADs, the quest for normalcy and peace continues!

Thrud

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this?

Posted by Lorraine on May 23, 2001, at 9:18:20

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by Cam W. on May 23, 2001, at 2:44:09

Cam: I have worked extensively on myself in therapy regular and cognitive. I actually consider myself cured--in the sense that the rabbit holes I used to go down have been cleaned out and I no longer go there. Still, 5 years later and maybe 15 meds later, I struggle with the physical symptoms of anxiety--shortness of breath, tightness in chest--and depression--energy, mood and cognitive function impairment. I read med text books (Stahl's--but hey I'm not in your league), research my condition on the web extensively and am proactive with my pdoc. I chart my reactions to drugs. I use Omega 3, a SAD light, exercise, treat myself well and still... My point is for some of us, it isn't a lack of effort, it's that "science" hasn't caught up with our condition and we are still living in the middle ages, sticking a probe in and charting the patient's reaction. I think we are a long way off from having a real understanding of what these various illnesses are, what causes them, and what the mechanisms of healing might be. But you do the best you can with the crude tools available to you :-)

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this? CAM

Posted by JAMMER on May 23, 2001, at 10:29:46

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by Cam W. on May 23, 2001, at 2:44:09

> I find it funny (and ironic) that people expect a pill to make them "normal". Perhaps the psychiatric community isn't explaining what they do, in an understandable manner. Antidepressants (and all medications) are only bandages. They do not "cure" anything. Antidepressants help one function better in society, but the amount they are able to help one function depends on how much work one is willing to do to "get better". One can't take a pill and "fix" yourself. The only way to do that is to change your aberrant thinking and dysfunctional coping mechanisms. It has been my experience that few people are actually willing to go through the pain of changing themselves and would rather blame their situation on medications (it's easier than working on one's problem).
>
> My view - Cam

I think your right on, Cam. Bandaids over an exisiting wound may keep it clean and protected, but learning how to keep from getting the wound in the first place is the way to go. And yes, it's alot of work to solve issues that cause psycho symptoms, and meds help alleviate the "bad feelings", but doing the work to solve the root cause of bad feelings, is the real solution to returning to "normalcy". And it is work!!!
-James

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this?

Posted by kid47 on May 23, 2001, at 11:01:01

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this? gilbert, posted by dougb on May 22, 2001, at 13:43:26

Isnt it all brain chemistry? Wether we use meds, therapy, or both, isn't it the desired result to alter our brain chemistry so we feel "NORMAL". I have read some articles (sorry, no links. You'll just have to trusrt me.) that indicated some type of measurable changes in brain chemistry occured that where believed to be a result of talk therapy alone. I assume there are a variety of ways to alter brain chemistry through lifestyle & drugs. When we get to a point we can no longer function on a day to day basis I think psychmeds become the most viable solution to getting us back on our feet. If we are doing everything we possibly can to live a lifestyle conducive to good mental health & still have serious "mental" illness, then we have no choice but to look to meds to improve our condition.(Brain chemistry).

Big bussines is just that . Right or wrong, whether it's auto manufacturing or pharmacuticals the bottom line will always be king. I think the drug companies very badly want to find a "cure" for mental illness. The company that discovers that magic bullet will watch it's stock soar to new heights. Not the most altruistic attitude, but nevertheless, for us, it would get the job done! They are under constant pressure (as are most bussinesses) to compete in the market place. I can't fault the drug companies for trying to respond to a market that is demanding more effective medicines. It is in their best interest to do so. I think they are as interested in finding drugs that work as we are, albeit for different reasons.

There are obviously varied responses to various psychmeds. Some good, some bad, some inadequate. I think we must accept that for some, currently available meds are not getting the job done. Hopefully, this will continue to drive the market & motivate drug cos. to research & develop the next generation of meds & to do it quickly.

I think the real targets, at least of my frustration/hostlity, are the insurance cos.(& the legislates that are in bed with them) & the professional mental health.....naw, make it the entire medical community (except Dr. Bob of course). But that rant will have to wait. (& probably should be on PSB :p) )

Kid


> > Now the other side of the coin is at best these meds seem to make life tolerable.
> --- Tolerable seems like a depressing destination, but i think that many on ads are not even to this low target, thus major depressions inexcusable mortality rate.
>
> > I still feel I am better off being a guinea pig with legal substances where quantities and quality is somewhat controlled.
> --- Of course with some of these substances, that may be like saying: I get my toxic preparations sans impurities
>
> > But it seems to me from reading this board and from my own experience we are all scurrying from one drug to another in hopes of finding something that will give us that glimpse of happiness that may not actually exist. This may be as good as it gets.
> --- Can not agree here, everyone here pays a very high price, in dollars, wasted productivity, lost moments with family and friends.
>
> This price is being paid month in month out, and we are paying for only one thing: Relief from illness.
>
> We are not getting what we paid for, else we would not be here.
>
> As we do not get what we pay for, we should not be charged for what we are not receiving.
>
> Furthermore, as the pharmaceutical and medical communities are making such excessive profits elseware, there should be an adjustment for failure to perform.
>
> I have not seen the figures but multiply a few million sufferers by $200-600 per month for a few pennies worth of chemicals, now mix in a visit to your pdoc every X.
>
> Can you spell @#@$*!! < -- add your own expeletive (exploitedtive) here.
>
>
> Now, we are expected to believe that 'maybe it just doesn't get any better'?
>
>
> db

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this? kid47

Posted by Cam W. on May 23, 2001, at 11:18:28

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by kid47 on May 23, 2001, at 11:01:01

Hey KiD - Just to add to your first paragraph. I believe that conscious thought (and unconscious though) is brain chemistry. The reason that psych meds are only bandages is that they only "fix" one or two neurotransmitters when it is a complex mix of neurotransmitters, and their supporting molecules, causing the abnormality in the first place. A nondepressed individual, depleted of serotonin (via a tryptophan-free diet) does not become depressed. While it is important to see how these neurotransmitters work individually, I don't believe we can figure out what depression really is until we stand back and look at the whole picture. The neurochemistry of depression is like an impressionist painting. Looking closely at the spots of paint doesn't tell us what the picture is, but it does tell us how the picture was made. To see the subject of the painting, we must stand at a distance from it and see how those paint spots translate into something we recognize.

Further blathering - Cam

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this? gilbert

Posted by dougb on May 23, 2001, at 11:18:33

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by gilbert on May 22, 2001, at 15:45:37

Gil:

I was a tad concerned that you might have mistaken my ranting as being somehow directed at you, which of course it was not.

We need to spread the word, been there, done that, some were helped, the rest were @#$@#$@.


Regards

db

- Sign the petition, what no petition? organize one -

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this? stjames

Posted by dougb on May 23, 2001, at 11:27:59

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by stjames on May 22, 2001, at 17:47:21

> Nope, I have been 100 % for 18 yrs on AD's.
>

James:

Get out the calculator, and share with us, if it is not to personal a question, a rough ballpark figure of what 100% has cost.

As an aside, why does someone who is 100% hang around this depressing place?

db

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this? JahL

Posted by dougb on May 23, 2001, at 11:41:06

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by JahL on May 22, 2001, at 19:52:09

>
> Brief AD-induced euthymia taught me 'happiness' (ie feeling normal/alive/human, whatever) *does* exist
--- Ditto

> a living death & rejoin the human race.
--- You hit the nail on the head there

>
> Doug, you're so right about the price we all pay, but you omitted to mention that a significant few pay the highest price...
>
--- The ommision was only in the post but not in my thoughts. What really upsets me, is the willingness to let a depressive go through hell whilst a distant pdoc/doc goes through intellectually masturbatory excercise of combining chemicals in our deteriorating brain-pans, but bring up the word Euphoria and most run for cover.

Considering the ultimate price which some pay, ...........considering the pain and wasted lives.

How, HOW, can they not do _whatever_ it takes to make people better, Damn the profits, Damn the experiments

Well, you get the idea


db

PS have had very little time for fun stuff
> (you listen to that Hicks stuff?)

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this?

Posted by stjames on May 23, 2001, at 12:42:49

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this? stjames, posted by dougb on May 23, 2001, at 11:27:59

> > Nope, I have been 100 % for 18 yrs on AD's.
> >
>
> James:
>
> Get out the calculator, and share with us, if it is not to personal a question, a rough ballpark figure of what 100% has cost.

Any amout is worth it, but $20 X 12 months X 18 yrs = $4320. There are free programs for those who cannot afford meds.

>
> As an aside, why does someone who is 100% hang around this depressing place?

To help and share knowlage.


>
> db

 

Cam: Bandage Theory

Posted by Peter S on May 23, 2001, at 13:36:51

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by Cam W. on May 23, 2001, at 2:44:09

Cam,

I would be very careful about your use of metaphors and of judging others for not trying to change.

Back in the 50s some bright psychoanalyst thought up the notion of a "schizophrenogenic mother": the idea that mothers cause schizophrenia by sending their children mixed messages. This notion has since been discredited, but it has caused a great deal of damage to many well meaning and loving parents. You seem to be implying that those who continue to be depressed are too lazy to put in the work to rid themselves of their "aberrant thinking and dysfunctional coping mechanisms". I don't think this kind of thinking is constructive to finding real solutions to what is a very complicated phenomenon.

My point is that it is extremely easy for psychologists and wannabe psychologists to sit in their arm chairs and think of explanations for mental illness. Some of these ideas may have a degree of validity in certain cases and some may be pure hogwash. Many times the ideas that tend to be accepted depend on the promotional abilities of the theorist, or what is trendy at that moment in history.

The psychodynamic idea that depression is caused by intrapsychic conflict and the cognitive idea it is based on cognitive distortions both may be true to a lesser or greater extent in certain cases. However depression and mental illness are too complicated to be reduced to simplistic theories. The idea that anti-depressants are only bandages that cover over "real" issues sounds nice- but do you have any actual evidence to support your "bandage" theory?

I personally have spend thousands of dollars on therapy and huge quantities of time and effort working with my thoughts and feelings and have seen very little actual results from my work. The only thing that worked were anti-depressants- unfortunately they pooped-out.

I am in favor of any theory, medication, or treatment that contributes to our understanding of mental illness or works to ease people's suffering. Someone who says that they have "the answer" and that medications are a waste of time or are taking the easy way out is being counter productive.

BTW Cam I've read your posts before and I generally find your contributions very helpful. I also greatly respect your knowledge of pharmaceuticals. I don't mean to be overly critical and I hope this will stimulate some dialog about these questions.

Peter S.


> I find it funny (and ironic) that people expect a pill to make them "normal". Perhaps the psychiatric community isn't explaining what they do, in an understandable manner. Antidepressants (and all medications) are only bandages. They do not "cure" anything. Antidepressants help one function better in society, but the amount they are able to help one function depends on how much work one is willing to do to "get better". One can't take a pill and "fix" yourself. The only way to do that is to change your aberrant thinking and dysfunctional coping mechanisms. It has been my experience that few people are actually willing to go through the pain of changing themselves and would rather blame their situation on medications (it's easier than working on one's problem).
>
> My view - Cam

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this? stjames

Posted by tresni on May 23, 2001, at 14:53:37

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by stjames on May 23, 2001, at 12:42:49

Hi James,
I've read some of your posts & you seem to be knowledgeable. If I may ask, what meds do you take and what do you take them for? Forgive me if this is too personal a question and have a good day.
Tresni

> > > Nope, I have been 100 % for 18 yrs on AD's.
> > >
> >
> > James:
> >
> > Get out the calculator, and share with us, if it is not to personal a question, a rough ballpark figure of what 100% has cost.
>
> Any amout is worth it, but $20 X 12 months X 18 yrs = $4320. There are free programs for those who cannot afford meds.
>
> >
> > As an aside, why does someone who is 100% hang around this depressing place?
>
> To help and share knowlage.
>
>
> >
> > db

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this(Cam)

Posted by gilbert on May 23, 2001, at 16:27:18

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by Cam W. on May 23, 2001, at 2:44:09

Cam,

I must say that I usually look forward to your posts, your intelligence on the chemical side of the mental health industry is excellent. I disagree however with your assesment of the human side or all be it the abberant thinking and low will power and unrealitic expectations of mental health patients in general. I have suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia since the death of my brother at age four...I am now 42 years old. I have joined and participated in numerous support groups, I have been in CBT pyschonanalysis and had numerous shrinks including pdocs and social workers. I have tried tape series I have fought and white knuckled for every inch of turf I have gained in my life mostly through self will and effort. I have studied Dr Lowes recovery programs and have brought my will to bear discomfort up to most levels most people could not or would not have the balls to do. I have driven down freeways and fought thru panics just to toughen myself so I could be more funtional. I have done this all to become a more functional member of society for my family, myself, and my employer. I have worked my ass off for thirty some years at this process. To even presume that expecting medicine to be more than a band aid I guess is false hope and stupidity on my part but certainly not unrealistic. You see Cam I take blood pressure meds and they have effectively lowered my blood pressure without side effects. Members of my family with sugar take their meds without side effects as well and their condition improve greatly. Cholesterol meds work nicely and most without side effects. So to conclude that the error in thinking is due to high expecations or lack of will and discipline on the part of the mental health patient is a concept I refuse to embrace. Most of us have not curled up in balls in the corner of our bedrooms waiting for drugs to pull us out. Most of us have fought hard to get well only to be dissappointed by the fact that the medical industry produces and markets ineffective meds with patents and high cost well the rest of the health industry is making leaps we are only given an opportunity for baby steps. I think the abberant thinking is not on the patients side but on the side of the industry who pushes sub par meds or meds with side effects that my shrink would find unacceptable for himself, this is where the attention needs to be pointed. The whole band aid theory does not hold water frankly most of us have been bleeding to death and band aids or a pull yourself up by your bootstrap mentality just won't do........Gil

 

Re: Bandage Theory (Peter and Gil) Peter S

Posted by Cam W. on May 23, 2001, at 17:26:38

In reply to Cam: Bandage Theory, posted by Peter S on May 23, 2001, at 13:36:51

I have worked in pharmacy for more thn 17 years and I have yet to find any cures from medications. The only "cures", where some disease is actually fixed, is through surgery. All the heart meds, cholesterol meds, insulin, psych meds, etc., do not cure anything. Even antibiotics don't cure an infection, they just control the growth rate of bacteria so that the body's defense mechanisms (immune system) can destroy the adult bacteria that are not currently dividing (antibiotics kill only dividing cells).

Psych meds don't cure, but they can help lead to remission. This is confounded by the fact that many people go into spontaneous remission and ultimately recover (eg. reactive depression) and the pill is given the credit. As for side effects, all meds have side effects. Side effects are only effects of the drug that we don't want at that time. One man's side effect is another man's treatment effect. I have seen people go through a number of cholesterol meds and heart meds, having debilitating side effects (yes, even on the newer ones), similar to the way many of us have to go through antidepressants. If psych meds did cure, then one wouldn't have to take them forever. The best thing that you could say about psych meds is that they either "put a floor under our feet" or "plant our feet on the ground." This allows us to do the work necessary to become productive members of society.

I think that one of the reasons that it looks like drugs for the brain are lagging behind drugs for other medical conditions is that most of the drugs for cholesterol or heart are acting on systems whose mechanisms have been figured out. Our knowledge of the working of the brain is far from complete. It is hard to make a drug that will act only where you want it to; the brain just doesn't work like that. Disparate areas of the brain are intricately linked and playing with one part affects all the parts.

Yes, I know I did over-generalize on people not working to overcome their psychiatric problems, but I still believe that the television and 50 years of patent medicine commercials have given a majority of the Western public the attitude that you can cure all your problems by taking a pill (actually the "take a pill to cure your ills" advertising is hundreds of years old. Yes, baby steps are the only way to monitor our successes and yes, it can be a long drawn out process, consisting of many road blocks and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. But still, we have to scratch away, not give up, and not blame the meds. I apologize to those out there who are truly working to overcome their problems and are trying to lead relatively normal lives. I would hazard a guess that the people who frequent this board are more likely to be working on their treatment (rather than being a passive patient) because just logging on to this site means that one is looking for answers or knowledge.

To really get a handle on therapy, one must be able to work on their disorder in spite of these limitations. One must work with their doctor as a partner, not as a passive follower of doctors orders (yes, many docs are to blame for not allowing patients a say in their treatment). A patient's attitude and imput is very important to the success or failure of a treatment regimen.

I do stand behind the "Bandage Theory" and I still do think that a majority of people do not work to function at the highest possible level that they can. I guess I am a believer in the laziness of man. For a good example, just look at the failure of Soviet communism.

I hope that this shows my position a little clearer and I apologize to those who were upset by my original posts. Again, everything I say on this board is refutable; I don't hold a corner on the "being right" market. I guess now would be a good time for a caveat.

CAVEAT: Never trust my advice without a second opinion. I am as wrong as the next guy; especially in a science as inexact as psychiatry. This is another reason that I like this board. If I do make a mistake, someone out there is bound to catch it.

Fumbling along with the rest of you. - Cam

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this?

Posted by stjames on May 23, 2001, at 18:59:31

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this? stjames, posted by tresni on May 23, 2001, at 14:53:37

> Hi James,
> I've read some of your posts & you seem to be knowledgeable. If I may ask, what meds do you take and what do you take them for? Forgive me if this is too personal a question and have a good day.
> Tresni

Effexor and Remeron for depression/ADD, Dexadrine for ADD

 

Re: Bandage Theory Cam

Posted by Fred Potter on May 23, 2001, at 19:00:31

In reply to Re: Bandage Theory (Peter and Gil) Peter S, posted by Cam W. on May 23, 2001, at 17:26:38

Cam I always try to read your posts as they are so informative. However I thought your assertion that antibiotics don't cure anything was a bit laboured. We'll be talking about the wisdom of the body in healing itself next. Also, as psychotherapy and hard work aren't surgery, these can't cure either
Fred

 

Re: Bandage Theory Cam Fred Potter

Posted by Cam W. on May 23, 2001, at 19:18:55

In reply to Re: Bandage Theory Cam, posted by Fred Potter on May 23, 2001, at 19:00:31

Fred - Good point on psychotherapy and hard work, but antibiotics only kill dividing bacteria, not those who are not dividing. The non-dividing bacteria are kept in check by the body's immune system. A clinically important bacterial infection occurs when the rate of bacterial dividing is faster than the body's immune system can remove it. Hence, the bacteria will not disappear and may grow back after the antibiotic is withdrawn, if enough bacteria remains in a non-dividing state during antibiotic treatment. I know it is splitting hairs, but is a fact. - Cam

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this? Cam W.

Posted by Marie1 on May 23, 2001, at 23:49:13

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by Cam W. on May 23, 2001, at 2:44:09

Cam,
I join most of the previous poster in lauding you - sincerely. You are very much of a giver to people in need of your expertise. I think that you, through your unselfish efforts in providing knowledge to those of us who are clue-less, and in your own time with nothing expected in return, is true humanitarianism at its best. That said, I have to tell you that I disagree that your assertion that people can't rely only on drugs to "cure" their mental health problems (although frankly, who gives this message to the average consumer but the drug companies themselves). Is it concievable to you that some people have a strictly biologically based depression? When I first started taking prozac in 1995, I felt I was cured (as long as I continued taking the drug). At this point, given the incidences of major depression, I realize the best I can hope for is remission. But to me that is semantics; the end result of feeling normal again is the only requisite. I'm not so sure that people who only have the biological type of depression either need or benefit from talk therapy. It isn't a matter of having to work hard in talk therapy to regain a sense of normalcy. In my case, that occurred about 3 weeks after beginning prozac. And I stayed okay until I quit taking it. I also understand that I'm one of the lucky ones who do respond to ADs. But those who don't shouldn't be castigated and made to feel it's their fault they remain depressed despite the plethora of drugs available.

Marie

 

Re: Bandage Theory Cam

Posted by Neal on May 24, 2001, at 2:06:47

In reply to Re: Bandage Theory Cam Fred Potter, posted by Cam W. on May 23, 2001, at 19:18:55

Those who experience complete euthymia thru meds will believe in meds, those who don't experience it - won't.

 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this? CAM

Posted by Anna Laura on May 24, 2001, at 2:15:01

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this? CAM, posted by JAMMER on May 23, 2001, at 10:29:46

> > I find it funny (and ironic) that people expect a pill to make them "normal". Perhaps the psychiatric community isn't explaining what they do, in an understandable manner. Antidepressants (and all medications) are only bandages. They do not "cure" anything. Antidepressants help one function better in society, but the amount they are able to help one function depends on how much work one is willing to do to "get better". One can't take a pill and "fix" yourself. The only way to do that is to change your aberrant thinking and dysfunctional coping mechanisms. It has been my experience that few people are actually willing to go through the pain of changing themselves and would rather blame their situation on medications (it's easier than working on one's problem).
> >
> > My view - Cam
>
> I think your right on, Cam. Bandaids over an exisiting wound may keep it clean and protected, but learning how to keep from getting the wound in the first place is the way to go. And yes, it's alot of work to solve issues that cause psycho symptoms, and meds help alleviate the "bad feelings", but doing the work to solve the root cause of bad feelings, is the real solution to returning to "normalcy". And it is work!!!
> -James
Hi guys

Hope this mail is not going to sound arrogant or too proud: every single word in this mail is the bare truth.
I've been working very hard on myself, i swear to god, i'm not boasting myself a genius.
I did cognitive therapy and all sorts of therapies (gestalt, psychoanalisis and so on) and i still wonder what's wrong with me.
I digged deep inside of me. I buried my pride and tried to observe myself in an objective manner.
I've been doing self-investigation all my life trough.
I answered thousands of questions and unraveled the most intricate personal issues.....Still, the wound is still there....
I know for sure (i always knew) that i'm sick cause i've been badly hurt as a child.
I was abused by my mother, both psychologically and phisycally.
She locked me up in a closet for hours, forcing me to eat my vomit, whipping me with a belt every day.
By the age of thirteen i read Freud and Jung, trying to find the answers to my discomfort.
The last time i went to therapy was a couple of months ago. "It's because of your mother"- the therapist said. "But i know all this stuff already! I always knew that!!!!"
"Well, if you had been unaware you would have been much sicker than that!" - he insisted.
By the time passed by, the therapist felt very uncomfortable and puzzled cause i was "conscious" and had "deep insights" (his words) still, i was sick. ."Sorry, I can't do anything for you: may be you should find the right medication" was his answer.
He told me he didn't know what was wrong with me since i was very mature and aware.
The same thing happened with a Junghian psychoanalist few weeks ago.
"I don't know, may be you're too much "psychic". was his intuition. ("psychic" means you're thinking too much).
"Of course i think too much: i'm anhedonic and don't feel anything, so i'm living too much inside my head " was my reply. (chicken and egg type of thing).
I solved the biggest issues in my life:now i can carry on lasting and satisfactory relationships, whereas i couldn't do that before, i'm finally able to get social, i can work and concentrate well enough to get my job done (i had ADD when i was a teenager and a young adult): STILL, I' M SICK .
The situation really sucks, believe me , cause i don't know where to turn now.
I wish the only thing to do was to work hard on myself, believe me: i would be much less desperate then i am.


Anna Laura


 

Re: It doesn't get any better than this? CAM

Posted by Lorraine on May 24, 2001, at 9:35:38

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this? CAM, posted by Anna Laura on May 24, 2001, at 2:15:01

Well, thinking it over, I think that even if you have worked like a dog to overcome this disease, meds are a bandaid. And, the reason is just as CAM said, they aren't intended to cure just ameliorate the symptoms. They are an anuity check for the drug companies. I'm not going to go into conspiracy theories on drug companies, but I am wonder what incentives there are for drug companies to work on cures as opposed to annuity checks? I don't think we put the carrots in the right place.

 

Naltrexone and cutting shelliR

Posted by Elizabeth on May 24, 2001, at 12:34:26

In reply to Re: Naltrexone Elizabeth, posted by shelliR on May 21, 2001, at 22:09:12

> > It could be that when they take naltrexone, these people no longer experience relief when they cut, so they stop doing it. Another possibility is that naltrexone prevents dissociation, which may be associated with or lead to cutting. ...
>
> Elizabeth, I think your first thought was the correct one, based on the view of my friend's therapist who is an expert on dissociation and drug abuse. He gave her naltrexone because cutting actually can create a high.

Yes. Cutting often seems to have the quality of an addiction -- people have almost irresistable urges to do it.

Your experience with naltrexone does not surprise me. Naltrexone is a full opioid antagonist, and from what I've heard, people with straight depression usually feel worse on it, not better (although there are stories of augmentation here and there).

-elizabeth

 

Re: $20 a month ???? Any amount is worth it ???? stjames

Posted by dougb on May 24, 2001, at 15:29:03

In reply to Re: It doesn't get any better than this?, posted by stjames on May 23, 2001, at 12:42:49

>
> Any amount is worth it
--- That sounds like and advertisment for the drug companies

>, but $20 X 12 months X 18 yrs = $4320. There are free programs for those who cannot afford meds.
$20 a month? $20 a month? What are you taking? At one time my meds were running $12 a DAY - and crap that it was, was still not working


db


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