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Re: I never say never llrrrpp

Posted by Larry Hoover on May 10, 2006, at 7:15:29

In reply to never going to feel better, posted by llrrrpp on May 9, 2006, at 17:01:32

Welcome, llrrrpp. How do you pronounce that? Do you have Martian blood, or did you marry into the bloodline?

> If I had cancer, I'd want to know about the biology of the illness. I feel like my doctors (T and pdoc working as a team) are giving me things to try and medicine to take, without telling me what to expect, or what's wrong with me.

Maybe there is a belief in them, about you, that you are competent to look after that part of the deal without too much of their help. An unspoken compliment. After all, you were wise enough to come here, and seek guidance.

> As a cognitive neuroscientist, I am happy to look up information on the internet,

Ahh! A fellow geekazoid. Tell us about your specialty?

> but I'm worried that I am biased and not objective. Much of the information I come across just makes me more anxious (so many of the studies are poorly designed and inconclusive, not to mention the conflicts of interest when a drug company is pushing their product and not publishing null results).

It sounds to me that you have a well-balanced sense of objectivity, to reach the conclusions with which you close out this quotation.

Yes, precisely, the studies are poorly designed. They are set up the way they are so that they can get the drug made legal. That is their primary task, to leap through hoops. The idea that they might actually be trying to learn something is ...well....quite civil of you to allow them. Any learning occurs by serendipity. Psych drugs are a business. They follow a business plan, not a treatment paradigm.

I'm not going to make any assumptions about what you've found or not found, online, so:

Best source of drug info, monographs:
Always select the generic, once the drug is discovered in the results page. The monograph is attached to the generic link.

Most all-around and detailed source of mental health information:
Doesn't limit itself to the DSM; includes not only ICD-10 literature, but also innovative hypotheses/treatments

Also, the entire Babble archives are more or less searchable by Google. Google will pull up lots of older material, but it misses things, for some reason.

Anyway, welcome aboard. Always great to see a fellow scientist around. I always learn stuff.

> I wish I had a buddy who was also feeling like a lab rat. The loneliness of it all is the worst.

If nothing else, my nascent friend, you're in a place where people can truthfully say, I think I know how you feel.





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