Date: Tue Aug 22 2000 - 12:11:24 PDT
Sorry, but I don't/will not believe that every "sufferer" needs Prozac or
the like to bring them out of whatever is going on. I went into a Dr's
office in tears because I hadn't slept for weeks due to night terrors and
panic attacks, two things that do NOT mix with antidepressants, and the
fact that I was crying was enough for him to throw antidepressants at me,
without even -listening- to me when I told him the -reasons- I happened to
be crying. I promptly threw them right back at him, told him to kiss my
white ass, and went to the town "quack" to get xanax so I could SLEEP.
All I needed was SLEEP. I've been taking xanax now for 13 years, and I
sleep just fine and have not been depressed. And -still- I have to go to
the town "quack" to get the medication that is right for me, at least in
MS. I did have an awesome doc at Duke when I was in NC who allowed me to
actually tell her how I was feeling and who acted on that and prescribed
me what I needed and then some. No, not everyone can pinpoint what's
wrong and what they need, but many can and do, and are thrown the prozac
bone anyhow. Like Aspirin? Uhm, no. I can't say that I've ever lost a
whole day and awakened to find myself in fetal position on the floor
wondering what the hell happened to me after taking asprin. Hell, LSD has
more predictable affects on me than antidepressants do. So, please, don't
compare prozac to aspririn, and please, demand that your doctor listen to
YOUR special individual problems rather than throwing a Fix In a Box at
"A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity."
-- Robert Frost
On Tue, 22 Aug 2000 ThosStew@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 8/20/2000 5:24:10 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> >IMO, medication should be the last straw, the first being
> >>an in-depth study of the patient's background, family history, present
> >>state of life, etc.
> not necessarily. Prozac can be like aspirin: You use it to bring down the
> fever, even though it doesn't get at the fever's underlying cause.
> Depression--mild depression (the big black bear being much much
> scarier)--makes a person feel crummy, unnable to do anything, unable to
> address anything. One of the excellent uses of prozac is that it enables a
> person to participate meaningfully in an indepth study of his background,
> family history, present state of life, etc. It lifts a person up enough to
> participate in the resolution of his or her own problems. It's not a solution
> to those problems--but without it, the sufferer can't get at them.
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