recovery without meds requires learning CBT, which you seem to have done, positive thinking also helps but, IMO, recovery just using willpower isnt possible
meds help speed up recovery, many of us cant get our recovery started without them
also some have lost nearly all their confidence and trust in themselves and need meds to give them courage to leave their house
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 12/4/2006 8:53:53 AM (GMT-7)
I just wanted to add that I've suffered with this for 13 years and almost this whole battle has been fought without medication (just the occasional klonopin in case of a severe attack), so it is possible. But I'm not recommending it.
I never take aspirin, anti-depressants, sleep aids, even anti-biotics. Sometimes I wish that I had been on regular meds from the beginning and maybe i would have felt some relief.
Hi Ben ,
My depression is called bipolar which I believe is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain which is present from birth (come in here peeps if I've got it wrong) so I don't think it can be made better by positive thinking and visualisation - sometimes I can't move let alone stand up. I can battle the suicidal thoughts but I can't shift the feeling dep gives you.
What's your experience with dep , what type do you have?
Scientists have already proved that stress can shorten a persons life.
My experience with PD are tiredness , IBS , sickness , indigestion , dermatitis - led to cellulitus and two infections , food sensitivity , headaches that last more than a day , dental problems from teeth grinding , loss of appetite blah blah blah........... I don't feel I have control over these things.
I'm glad you have been able to come through the other side - well done on your recovery.
NO offence taken here and hope you will continue to be in the forum we all are different as you know
I for one am fully aware of the profits drug companies make/as well as the pharmacies
I owned and ran my own retirement NH for yrs before getting to sick and it is a crime but it is also something ppl need ......so they will pay
Just like cigs the gov puts all these bleeding ads not to smoke yet at least TWO THIRDS of what you pay for them is profit for whom
GOVERNMENT: I buy mine at reserve and pay a third of what ppl pay for a carton .....go figure
Not advocating smoking all ......
Anyways Ben like I said no offense taken by me and hope you are not offended by me either
Have a great day ..........LYN
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 2/17/2007 12:16:52 AM (GMT-7)