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Re: Just not me anymore. FeelingDown

Posted by noa on May 21, 2003, at 18:14:55

In reply to Re: Just not me anymore., posted by FeelingDown on May 2, 2003, at 20:17:04

If you are at risk of mental illness (family predisposition), and you have been experiencing some symptoms, it sounds like, think of treatment this way: the earlier the better. For example left untreated, depression actually can change the brain and make it more likely to have more frequent and more severe episodes as time goes on.

And, you are young, so that is in your favor--get the information you need, and make choices about treatment options that will work for you. You have lots of good years ahead of you! So many of us wish we had gotten help earlier, like at your age, or that the range of treatment options available now had been available to us back then.

BTW, I believe that you can only be hospitalized if you are actively an imminent danger to your self or others. Other than that, you are an adult and free to make decisions about the course of treatment. I think it is a good idea to look into the options.

Medication and therapy has helped me a lot. I probably wouldn't be here to post this without the help I've gotten from both meds and therapy.

Oh, and please don't berate yourself for past drug use, etc. All that self-criticism is just adding to the burden, no? Just try to commit to taking the best care of yourself from now on that you can manage.

Take care.


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