What no one has mentioned here as yet is the Powers of Cognitive Therapy. It can be a great help (along with appropriate medications when required) in
reducing a lot of the symptoms that lend themselves to various mental illnesses. Bi Polar is definitely a mental illness and a very legitimate
suffering for millions of people.
Not only does a person with Bi Polar suffer the effects from the illness (categorized as dramatic and life impeding mood swings) it also encompasses
many other recognized illnesses. Be they in symptomatic form or actual.
Depression and/ or Dysthemia (long running depression) is a piggy back illness...it latches on to nearly ALL mental illnesses.
Can be in part corrected with medications if needed and benefits dramatically from cognitive therapies.
Phobias galore also lend themselves to most mental illness diagnosis and can also benefit dramatically from cognitive therapies.
I think this is an area in Psychology that needs to be utilized more in the treatments of most mental illnesses...pills can help but what cognitive
therapies do for the patient is that it gives them CONTROL over many of the "feelings" that prevent them from feeling well.
Many of our problems in life can be treated with this kind of therapy. It's a look inward and enables a person to get to the root of the feelings
that become exaggerated and irrational in an unwell mind.
From personal experience. I took control and responsibility for my own mental health. Paxil helps keep the edge off my Dysthemia and for my PAD and
agoraphobia I practice the skills I learned to control my own moods and feelings. With amazing success!!!
We don't poo poo the person who NEEDS a leg brace to walk so why do we poo poo the person who needs a pill to help them feel a bit more steady?
Admittedly there are is a genuine amount of pharmaceutical slime out there. However with a good doctor, therapy and a sense of responsibility on the
part of the patient it cannot be anything but a win win.
For those who are interested read up on cognitive therapies...it really can't be understated how powerful a tool it is to a person needing and
wanting to take control and have input in their own wellness.
All the same I could not have achieved success without Paxil. It is a bit of a blow to my ego to admit that but I did some testing on my own without
it and even the cognitive therapy couldn't give me the same level of function of now have.
In 2001 I had a breakdown. Severe. Locked myself in my house for three years unable to go out alone. Bogged down by a multitude of phobias and
anxieties. Got a diagnosis...but it took me another year to swallow my pride and actually get help.
6 months of Cognitive therapy and a couple of tries on different meds before finding that Paxil was the best. When I realized that I could relearn
many of the responses I had to the situations that caused me such emotional and physical pain and suffering...it was truly amazing.
Now almost 9 years later I am employed full time and work in a huge and very busy environment and I am at the mercy of the public everyday for 8
hours. I have the occasional twinge of anxiety now but I forgive myself for it and deal with it immediately using the skills I learned.
I am very proud of this. The therapies also allowed to me to get to know myself much better and as a result I am much kinder to myself than ever
before...much kinder to others as well. I also developed a backbone and stand my ground. Confrontations don't terrify me anymore. Being available to
the public doesn't either.
My home life improved dramatically too...I took a vacation for the first time in my life, fell in love and actually started feeling HAPPY??!!
Meds + therapy + taking responsibility for my own health= happy JG
Personally I still resent the Paxil and that I need it to assist...compared to how I feel off of it though it's a concession I am more than willing
For those wondering PAD/ Agoraphobia is a mood disorder and affects the same area of the brain and the same chemicals (or lack there of) in the Bi
Polar mind. So does depression and a wide assortment of phobias.