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Guys, please stop!

Posted by beardedlady on June 8, 2002, at 12:11:40

In reply to Re: p.s., posted by katekite on June 8, 2002, at 11:33:02

This is the therapy board. It is not the med board. I did not come here to ask advice on medications. I came with a specific question about what a mood disorder is. I have not been diagnosed with anything but insomnia, and I am under the care of doctors that I trust, at long last.

I said that my doctors know better than to give me drugs, as I am sensitive to so many. And I also said I had asked my gynecologist about Prozac before the insomnia hit. I might have done it had I not gotten insomnia. But that was a detail. My post was not about meds.

Neither my pdoc nor my therapist would sacrifice my mental health if meds were indicated. But my therapist has not even given me his test to determine if anything is wrong with me! And once he does, he believes that he may be able to help me with therapy. That's why this is on the PPB board.

I do not recall wanting to get into a med v. no med debate with anyone. I have never judged others by whether they take meds, and I am often the first (as I have said before) to agree that some mental illnesses need to be treated with meds, just as some physical illnesses need to be treated with meds. For me, there is little difference between physical and mental health; they affect each other. But many physical and emotional ailments can be improved by lifestyle and diet changes and therapy. That's the route I will try first.

So please stop it with the pros and cons of drugs. That's not what my post was about, and this is not helping me at all! If you guys would like to debate it, start a new thread on PSB or PB.

If I had a choice between searching for a medication that made me cheerful for the first time in my life and staying exactly the same, this is where I would stay. I like myself. I am assertive, and I am also nice. I have a good life, and I'm not so down I can't enjoy a dozen crabs and the company of friends or a good movie or an adventurous meal or snuggling with my daughter. I am funny, and I laugh. And even though I don't feel so terrific inside, it's more like living with a hairy wart than it is like living with an ulcer. It's not perfect, and it's sometimes annoying, but it doesn't hurt.

I haven't advocated alternative means for you, so please don't advocate drugs--especially pre-diagnosis!--for me.

If anyone has ideas about how therapy has increased happiness, I'd love to hear from you. Otherwise, I'm done with this discussion.





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