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Re: self-medication pros and cons

Posted by Chris A. on September 2, 2001, at 0:31:50

In reply to Re: self-medication pros and cons, posted by Dr. Bob on August 23, 2001, at 17:03:28

Just my opinion: Those of us with any serious illness benefit immensely from a strong doctor/patient relationship where < everything > can be discussed honestly. The good rapport I have with my pDoc is as beneficial as any medication. There are so many drug interactions. In any illness one can benefit from the objectivity of a top-notch professional. For example, for two or three years I was in denial about having bipolar disorder. Without my husband and pDoc guiding me and being firm I could have gotten in big trouble trying to treat myself. It is easy to think we are right about ourselves. Doctors, those in the mental health field and nurses seem to be particularly bad about trying to treat themselves.
I always encourage a person to discuss treatment changes with their doc first.

Thanks to Dr. Bob for making this forum available. The work involved boggles my mind. It has been beneficial. Yes, I have discovered info that my pDoc wasn't aware of. Fortunately he is gracious and accepts the corrections.

Chris A.




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