Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 495012

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Please read my short story

Posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 21:11:15

An SSRI Story: For the commoner, the sanely sick.
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The story begins on a bla, grey day. You havn't been sleeping that well, and you're feeling down.
The story continues for a little while in the same manner. In a flash of self pitty inspired by the pain/pleasure axis you remember the concept of depression from a zoloft commercial. The idea jumps into your head but at first your sence of self repect, and desire for self controll pushes it out of the way.

Slowly, however, for whatever reasons in your life, your sence of self controll slowly deminishes. You find yourself entertaining the notion of depression even more. The concept becomes more vivid, and more and more your brain makes the connections in attempts to fit you into that framework. The relief it provides is intreguing. You've seen the commercials, and quite frankly almost every billboard or pop up on the internet seems to instate the validity of this disease as an illness. More and more you toy with the idea.

It provides relif because perhaps the light is just popping a pill away.

As the days go buy, often you feel guilty about entertaining the notion, because you remember good things that have happened, quite recently, that have seemed to push the notion of depression out of your mind.

But the mind plays a more powerful game than you can imagine. The sence of relif it provides is almost a placebo effect in itself! I mean even the time you spend *imaginging* being on an antidepressant brings relief. What would I be like on Zoloft? How can this relief be so? True depression doesn't respond to a fantasy.

But again another knock hits you down in life. And as the pain/pleasure axis woud have it, the image of depression becomes more vivid, more real. It has been a self serving fantasy that has sustained you for the last couple of months, but in order for it's magic to continue you must delve deeper.

On the internet, you click to take a test for depression, you fill out the results honsetly. The results come back. Borderline score. So you're not failing, but again you're not passing. That was a setback you think. I'm depressed !!!! Thats what I want isn't it?? Or wait, do I want to be well ?? Now I can't really remember.

The fantasy leaves for another little while. Again, something stressfull hits you at work, and you find yourself having trouble sleeping.

On the bus home, you hear a story of a friend of a friend feeling GREAT on prozac. You internalize, and become bitter. Why can't I feel that way? you ruminate. But on the other side of the coin, this is a good thing isn't it. A pill can do something. A drug *can* make somebody happy. This feeds the fantasy. It's true. Happiness *is* perhaps just a pill away.

You work up the gumption to take the test again, this time you make a few small adjustments. You don't feel terrably guitly since your brain can come up with a few empathetic ways justify the more liberal leaning towards a depression diagonisis.

Again another throw at work, and a death in the family causes pain/pleasure axis to rebound in the motivation to take the only slightlty skewed results into your doctor.

But goodness! you think. I've got to act depressed, don't I. How do depressed people act??
I mean, if he tells a joke I have to make sure I don't laugh, and well I supposed I have to talk in a monotone voice. In the waiting room, the guilt sets it. Wait a second, If I have to *act* depressed then there's something wrong here isn't there? But again you lapse. I need a change. The idea that it's all in your mind has crossed your mind, but the symptom are real arn't they?? I mean the jitteryness is real! I am anxious here, now in the waiting room am I not?? The guilt quicky vanishes. I guess that's enough truth to hold you for now. But then again that resolution brought some improvement in your anxitey. The paradox left you thinking long enough for your name to be called.

Well, my name has been called. I HAVE to go now. I have no choice. The thought frenzied hypercholinergic state causes you to breifly think that you might have some other disorder.

You enter the doctors office. After a few questions, and some exceedinly rudimentaty and not so evidenty inacurate pharmachological babble you are convinced, (at least temporarily), that you have some sort chemical imballance, the likes of which paxil will completely cure. The only drawback is it may take 4+ weeks to work.

You take the piece of paper to the pharmacy and pick up your pills. But on the way out you also see a pamphlet on alternative treatments for mood disorders.

The pamphet lists some things that may help, but they seem akward. I mean exercise? Goodness I don't have any time for that. St. John's wort? Well it says there that its only effective for mild-moderate depression. Well I'm not severely depressed. Maybe I should give it a try.

But goodnss! What am I going to do about the doctor? Should I tell him? No, he won't like that.

You give him a call, and he insists that the herb is no good. You are left completely befuttled, and decide to sleep on it. Well, you don't really sleep too well, which of course gets you thinking about yourself again. You figure that you better take the medication. I mean what happens if this gets worse? I will need the doctor's help won't I?
He can't help me if I go behind his back and take this herb. Again the thought frenzied hyper-cholinergic state leaves you a little bit bitter
at God for the predicament, and the indecision.

But again, on the bus, that darned lady talking about the friend of a friend. Now you're bitter and jealous again. The jealously gets you in that dopamine "wanting" mode again. Sometimes when you're in one of these snitty moods you just wish you were dead!!

AHA!!! you say. I suppose I *have* been thinking about suicide !! Perhaps I am severly depressed. I mean "moderatly" depressed people don't think about suicide do they?? I think not.

At this point you really don't care. You're just so tired about thinking about it all. You feel you should be honest and take the pill. Especially since the curiosity is makeing you wild. The excitement gets you thinking again about how something so small could change your mood so fast, it crosses your mind that this kind of thinking is profoundly dangerous. But its who I AM you say. I can't change that. I was born this way, it's in my GENES, God made me like this. I must intervene. This kind of thing doesn't get better on its own. The pamphlet says its true. And GOD KNOWS if we can't trust the PAMPHLET what can we trust ??

You get home and the gas bill is *so* high, that you get feeling down again. SCREW IT ALL!!!!! SCREW IT ALL!!!


You pop a paxil.


For the first few hours you do feel calmer. You lie down to sleep, but don't really sleep that well.

After a day, you say to yourself, that wasn't so bad. I can tolerate that. It seemed to do something. And "something" is enought to keep the imagination floating.

You restle with the fact that it does seem awefully powerfull. You worry about how it will affect your job. But the neurogenesis is one step ahead of your rumination. THis leads to to remember how the pharmacist told you to mention all the side effects to your doctor, as a different antidepressant may be required.

Four weeks later the drug is changed to wellbutrin.

That calm feeling is replaced by a more harsh, activation. But wow!!, I am alert.

*
*

The medication cult has your soul now. It has the depths of your soul. At this point you are gone, and you don't even realize it.

*
*

You've started to realize how the system works!! You can take the wellbutrin and get the power you want, and just when you start to feel really guilty about using medications you can simply take another medication - zyprexa. "Guarenteed to remove all guilt withing 2 hours of popping the 5+ mg pill"

You've learned how the paxil can make you less angry at your boss, and how the wellbutrin can make you get your work done faster. The clonazepam makes the crowed ride home on the bus easier, and the zyprexa can always defunk it all if things get problematic.

You worry about your liver, but then realize how the worry about your liver can be nullified by taking more anxiety medications, and the guilt about taking more medications can be nullified by the zyprexa, and how the wellbutrin can nullify the sedation of the zyprexa, and how the coffee (which you never touched before) can augment the wellbutrin, and how if things get really bad you're "set" because being on all this medication
clearly indicates how crazy you are, which entitles you to special benifits at work. The zyprexa nullifies the guilt about screwing the system into extra benifits.

*
*

I said before how they stole your soul. But it that concept doesn't really exist anymore at this point. Not to mention the way they shut down lower brainstem activity which probably promoted
amnesia to the fact that your were a mortal being. In some ways they made you feel as If you had trensended all of your problems. You know, that hallucinogenic objectivity which almost makes you feel that you have more of a right to do whatever the heck you want.

*
*


The meds have depleted your lifeforce, which isn't really scientific but its true. Sounds kind of like something a tall skinny bald wholistic healer would tell you.

The problem is that no matter how far you go, there always seems to be something pulling you back which your mind chalks up to "An extremely disturbing side effect, that doesn't seem to get better" The way that you don't really think much about other people. Or how your mind is obsessivly preocupied with the next drug.

The diversity of things that once brought pleasure has become exceedinly narrow. Which you attribute to low dopamine. Of course you don't really notice how you miss hugging your dog, or how a talk with a good friend could really raise your spirits but that you can't help.

You don't really know how you miss the power and intensity of a really sincere prayer. You also don't know how much you miss the divine sence of redemption, warmth, and forgivness you got from a good cry. That is because you don't cry, you *can't* cry. Alas, its not that the symbolism of this fact is beyond you, but more to do with the fact that being more machiene now than man effectivy buffers all humanity.

You don't really miss it because the brain works hard to relieve itself of the guilt of such inadvertently willfull destruction self.

At this point you would never know how, a job at Mc'donnalds, a best friend, and a phonecall from your mom every evening would have lead to a much more fufilling life.

The years of avoiding the real problem plus a general disregard for the sensitivity of such a profoundly precious gift have left your brain (to be honest) fried.

The brain knows itself better that you know it. When it tells you something is wrong, even profoundly wrong as in the case of depression
is generally a sign that your brain knows better than to trust the quick and easy route that life advertieses. Its litterally a life or death message that is squelched for a variety of reasons. This message, which was only in its infacy when you decided to abort it, was perhaps the last chance you had to thrive. And surely, the greatest lie (which deep down you always knew to be a lie) was some money craving drug company's notion that this message was an abnormality. Clearly it is "want" creating "want"


Your hippocampus is a messed up, and your prefrontal cortex is withered. The few 5-ht1a receptors that you had have been profoundly corkscrewed.

It is kind of paradoxical that throughout all of this journey, your brain was really trying
to tell you something, and that all "you" really wanted was for it to not tell you anything.

You always wanted the truth to be transformed into something simpler, something more "controllable". But in your search for controll you have lost all controll.

The greatest function of the *mind* is its ability to forgive itself BUT The greatest curse of the *brain* is its ability to excuse itself.

Linkadge

P.S. Sorry for being so temporal lobe.

 

Re: Please read my short story linkadge

Posted by Phillipa on May 7, 2005, at 21:42:36

In reply to Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 21:11:15

Link, Your story had me hysterical with laughter. It's so true. Advertising and our wish to please all these pdocs is pathetic. There is definitely nothing wrong with your thought processes. you are on target. This Thread should get a lot of responses. It made me feel so stupid. On TV now the beautiful lunesta butterfly floating around as the woman sleeps with a smile on her face. you say to yourself, i want that drug. I want to feel happy and joyful like she does the next day. Then you read the posts about the bad taste, etc. You really hit the nail on the head. It makes you feel like something is wrong with you if you don't feel like this. Fondly, Phillipa

 

Re: Please read my short story

Posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 22:01:05

In reply to Re: Please read my short story linkadge, posted by Phillipa on May 7, 2005, at 21:42:36

Thanks, I hope other do read it too

Linkadge

 

Re: Please read my short story linkadge

Posted by Slinky on May 7, 2005, at 22:14:00

In reply to Re: Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 22:01:05

That was an amazing post

 

Re: Please read my short story

Posted by Shy_Girl on May 7, 2005, at 22:38:49

In reply to Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 21:11:15

Yes, it is true...suffering is simply part of the human condition. Centuries of people have endured it. There is no such thing as a pill to make one happy. Pills don't change who you are. Change must come from within oneself.

I feel very sad after reading your story. I cannot change who I am and nothing outside of myself can. Thank-you for letting me see the truth. You story was very true.

 

Re: Please read my short story Shy_Girl

Posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 23:06:43

In reply to Re: Please read my short story, posted by Shy_Girl on May 7, 2005, at 22:38:49

I have been foolish in many of my decisions. Many were made from want, and not need. This, I feel has been a very destructive path for me.

Cosmo Kramer from "Seinfeld" said it best: "why go out in the park and fly a kite when you can just pop a pill?" I guess I just have been stuck in that frame of mind. But now its starting to catch up with me.


Linkadge

 

Re: Please read my short story

Posted by Declan on May 8, 2005, at 0:48:51

In reply to Re: Please read my short story Shy_Girl, posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 23:06:43

Thanks Link, that was great. Why not become a herbalist?
Declan

 

Re: Please read my short story Slinky

Posted by snapper on May 8, 2005, at 1:18:14

In reply to Re: Please read my short story linkadge, posted by Slinky on May 7, 2005, at 22:14:00

> That was an amazing post
Ditto! Link are you sure mathematics is *really* what you shooting for? I would love if my Brain could formulate and construct all the insightful, funny but yet sadly; true perspective and verbosity on the subject of....the marketing of a *disease*! Damn these brain mal-functions and to h%ll with big pharma who perhaps wants to keep millions of us sick,less than well, full of apathy, lassitude, suicidal thinking a glass of a life half full or half empty and just hoping that maybe, just maybe the scientists and chemists and ceo's at the helm of the mega gazillion dollar empires of "Psychophamacolgy" would ever give us a chance at a full rich and rewarding life! My gosh how terrible would it be if instead of creating testing and comparing more, "new" tweaked and sexier versions of SSRI'S Nari's, and the like....if they would go back to the idea of persuing drugs.. other drugs like brofaromine, befloxatone and moai's that really do work far better than 99% of the crap that is discussed on this board( nothing against PB we all love it here) !! But honestly folks can anybody out there fathom what the world could gain and benefit from several million LESS sick and floundering brains could do for the good of society. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ greed , WTF!??
sorry about my ramble I loved Links' post! I hope I have not offended any body with this little rant but damn it I am sick and tired of being sick and tired and I want my brain and my life back !! I am jaded and pi$&ed at this beast!
My best to my fellow suffering souls here on PB and else where as well!

Thanks for letting me share my dis-content -
Snapper

 

Re: Please read my short story linkadge

Posted by medhed on May 8, 2005, at 2:24:23

In reply to Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 21:11:15

very deep. i'm impressed!

 

Re: Please read my short story snapper

Posted by linkadge on May 8, 2005, at 2:33:29

In reply to Re: Please read my short story Slinky, posted by snapper on May 8, 2005, at 1:18:14

I agree with you snapper.

You know there's something wrong when Pfizer
takes such great lengths to show that SJW is
no better than a placebo, but fails to mention
that in the same study Zoloft did worse than SJW.

There are a LOT of people in this situation right now. Polypharmachology has gone through the roof. Untested combinations are being prescribed left and right. And poop out is exceedingly common.

The brain cells just can't handle the load.

It discusts me that when I go to the doctor and tell him, that the medication is practically giving me convulsions he says "yeah that can happen" and does nothing about it.

I wish, just for once, that the tables would turn.
And I could say to him: "walking straight really isn't that big a deal these days !"

Don't turn me into a vegetable and then ship me off to another doctor. If you're going to drag me into early senility, you'd better be prepared to dig me back out.

Sorry for the ranting. Perhpas one day I'll find a doctor who prescribes other than paxil 60mg and zyprexa 10mg.


Linkadge


 

Re: Please read my short story linkadge

Posted by SLS on May 8, 2005, at 6:21:14

In reply to Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 21:11:15

> P.S. Sorry for being so temporal lobe.

Perhaps ultra-rapid cycling bipolar disorder should be looked at before anything as compartmentalized as the temporal lobe. Your depression does seem to cycle viciously and is resistant to standard antidepressant treatment.

Just a thought.

- Scott

 

Re: Please read my short story linkadge

Posted by ed_uk on May 8, 2005, at 11:14:56

In reply to Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 21:11:15

Link,

You have to be one of the most thoughtful people I have ever known! Well, I suppose I don't 'know' you in 'real life' but you do get to know people quite well on babble.

>At this point you would never know how, a job at Mc'donnalds, a best friend, and a phonecall from your mom every evening would have lead to a much more fufilling life.
>The years of avoiding the real problem plus a general disregard for the sensitivity of such a profoundly precious gift..........

What do *you* think would make you feel better? (I'm not talking about medication btw!) It's true that friends are important, we can't survive without them.

Kind regards,
Ed.

 

Re: Please read my short story linkadge

Posted by Ritch on May 8, 2005, at 11:29:26

In reply to Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 21:11:15

>.."You've learned how the paxil can make you less angry at your boss, and how the wellbutrin can make you get your work done faster. The clonazepam makes the crowed ride home on the bus easier, and the zyprexa can always defunk it all if things get problematic."


Indiscriminate psych med use is definitely changing the culture.. kind of a "productivity fascism" of sorts.

 

Re: Please read my short story linkadge

Posted by Chairman_MAO on May 8, 2005, at 12:11:28

In reply to Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 21:11:15

This story might not've been so bleak had the protagonist taken decent medications prescribed by a physician with a little more humanity inspiring a whole lot more cogitation about what he writes on the prescription pad. :(

 

Re: Please read my short story linkadge

Posted by MidnightBlue on May 8, 2005, at 14:39:11

In reply to Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 7, 2005, at 21:11:15

I read your story, and I can't help but think of the first time I took a psych med. The first several were prescribed by a neurologist to try to stem severe migraine headaches. None of them worked.

Then there was the time I really needed them. The time that I was severely depressed and for months on end could think about nothing but death and how I longed for it. ADs and a good pdoc are the only thing that pulled me though. But that was long before ads promising the patient a better life if they just swallow a certain pill.

I tend to think of drug ads the same way I do ads for wrinkle cream. They both might puff you up a little bit, but the results aren't lasting.

MidnightBlue

 

Re: Please read my short story SLS

Posted by linkadge on May 8, 2005, at 15:39:12

In reply to Re: Please read my short story linkadge, posted by SLS on May 8, 2005, at 6:21:14

I've thought about what you have thought.

The problem is that (and perhaps my story reveals it). Just the act of going to the doctor causes enough termoil that the doctor consistantly gets the wrong impression of what I may have.

Thats why I'm just begging for a new slate. That darned patient chart sticks to me like a curse.
I'm my oppinion it is just full of nonsense.

Thats another reason I get suicidal at times, cause I figure that I may have had a chance to get better, but doctors think they know you better than you know yourself.

Driving 2.5 hours for an 8 minaute appointment is a recipe for disaster.

There is virtually no way out of this. I had to wait 6 months for this guy.

Linkadge

 

Re: Please read my short story MidnightBlue

Posted by Phillipa on May 8, 2005, at 17:12:01

In reply to Re: Please read my short story linkadge, posted by MidnightBlue on May 8, 2005, at 14:39:11

And after that there's the problem of finding a therapist that isn't trying to get better herself. The one my pdoc gave me[works for her], says she has depression and takes prozac. When I used some terms we use on PBabble like tweak your meds, she immediately said"Maybe Dr. needs to tweak yours. Maybe she's here right now! So how do you find a therapist who isn't suckered in by the med companies too? Fondly, Phillipa

 

Re: Please read my short story

Posted by linkadge on May 8, 2005, at 18:09:24

In reply to Re: Please read my short story MidnightBlue, posted by Phillipa on May 8, 2005, at 17:12:01

Its those days where I feel awefully justified to drop my meds and pick up a bad habit.

Linkadge

 

Re: Please read my short story linkadge

Posted by Ritch on May 8, 2005, at 18:18:30

In reply to Re: Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 8, 2005, at 18:09:24

> Its those days where I feel awefully justified to drop my meds and pick up a bad habit.
>
> Linkadge

I just found an update with a couple of links at psycheducation.org that were interesting:

http://www.prospect.org/print/V13/13/torrey-e.html
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2004/0404.brownlee.html


What worries me a lot, is not so much that I will be on a medication that harms or doesn't work well, but due to all the smoke being blown by industry, something that *does* work quite well, will get overlooked or swept under the rug.

 

Re: Please read my short story

Posted by linkadge on May 8, 2005, at 19:49:17

In reply to Re: Please read my short story linkadge, posted by Ritch on May 8, 2005, at 18:18:30

THe drug divalproex offers *much* less protection against suicide than does lithium. Lithium has gone out of favor however since its not a big money maker.

As if suicide wasn't an important factor when deciding to try a drug! There will be no reps running around pushing doctors to prescribe lithium more.

Linkadge

 

Re: Please read my short story linkadge

Posted by Phillipa on May 8, 2005, at 19:50:19

In reply to Re: Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 8, 2005, at 18:09:24

I told you this was a great Thread! Fondly, Phillipa

 

Re: Please read my short story linkadge

Posted by Ritch on May 8, 2005, at 21:40:55

In reply to Re: Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 8, 2005, at 19:49:17

> THe drug divalproex offers *much* less protection against suicide than does lithium. Lithium has gone out of favor however since its not a big money maker.
>
> As if suicide wasn't an important factor when deciding to try a drug! There will be no reps running around pushing doctors to prescribe lithium more.
>
> Linkadge
>

Lithium may offer more "protection" against suicide, but it didn't address my rapid-cycling bipolar as well as divalproex. I'm more stable now generally, than when I was on lithium. VPA was developed in the '70's-generic is available I think. It is the enteric and ER formulations of it that maintain Abbott's revenue stream. It does make me wonder why other pharma co.'s can't come out with a competing enteric coated version..

 

Re: Please read my short story

Posted by rjlockhart98 on May 8, 2005, at 22:03:22

In reply to Re: Please read my short story, posted by Shy_Girl on May 7, 2005, at 22:38:49

i dont have that mind set. becuaes my mind always will say, pshh nothing will work.

I rather see a Xanax commercial, but im even resistant to that, benzodiazepines sometimes give me a paradox ride of anxiety and dissociation.

I need to tune out these negative thoughts with an anti-psychotic, then make my choice.

 

Re: Please read my short story linkadge

Posted by snapper on May 8, 2005, at 23:36:49

In reply to Re: Please read my short story, posted by linkadge on May 8, 2005, at 18:09:24

> Its those days where I feel awefully justified to drop my meds and pick up a bad habit.
>
> Linkadge

Dude, I think about it every day! I have been sober for over 31/2 yrs. and sometimes I just feel like saying F&%K it ! Its a tough road man and I am sorry you are suffering so much. BTW I forgot how is Canada about r/xing benzos and do they help you at all ?
Snapper

 

Re: Please read my short story snapper

Posted by linkadge on May 9, 2005, at 6:21:24

In reply to Re: Please read my short story linkadge, posted by snapper on May 8, 2005, at 23:36:49

Depends on the dr.

Benzo's do help but I build a tollerance extremely quickly.

Linkadge


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