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Originally posted by Zaphod58
Go and be up front and say you do not want any pills. There might be ways to control it without all the meds. But you have to go and see. Don't be afraid a mental disorder is nothing to be ashamed of. We all have mental disorders on some levels. So go to the doctor be a active part of your treatment. Most of the time if you work with a doctor on your treatment they will work with you.
Originally posted by Bobbo
I have bipolar disorder. I've tried therapy alone, which didn't work out very well- I attempted suicide. I've tried medications alone, also with grim results. Right now, I find that my best plan of attack is a combination of therapy, and a minimal amount of medication.
If it weren't for these things, I'd surely be dead by now. Go in, get checked out, and work with your doctor towards a shared, common goal.
Originally posted by americandingbat
I'm assuming you're in the U.S.: if not, some of the things that I say may be different.[/QUOTE]
I'm Canadian actually, but it pretty much is the same here as it is in the states
[QUOTE]If you go to a Psychologist (Ph.D. in psychology) or a Clinical Social Worker (M.S.W. and usually some additional training) they can not prescribe medication, so that's where I would start. I've had really good experiences with C.S.W.s – including that they are not anxious to "diagnose" or put a label on me; they're more interested in helping me react to life in a more productive way (stop avoiding things I'm scared about, for example).
If they really feel that you need medication, they can always refer you to a Psychiatrist (M.D.) but my experience has been that they are willing and even eager to avoid medication except when clearly warranted.
This is going to sound like a kind of wacky suggestion, but I actually think it might be relevant. The book "Adult Children of Alcoholics" is a fantastic resource for people who grew up as you put it "walking on eggshells" because they had neglectful or unpredictable parents. Even though it focuses on children of alcoholics, it's about the children, not the alcoholics, and I think a lot of the insights it gives would apply to your situation.
On the subject of medication: I personally take antidepressants. My experience is that they make me think more clearly and take more interest in the world around me. I tend to think that all the people who take them and describe them as mood suppressing don't actually need them. If a medication doesn't make you function better, then don't take it (tell the doc you're stopping, of course, in case you need to taper off or something).[/QUOTE]
Thank you, I'll try and get ahold of that book if I can, and I'll see if I can get ahold of a CSW anywhere in the area to try and assess the problem.
[QUOTE]And remember, having a mental disorder is not the same thing as being crazy. They're just labels that people use as shorthand for certain difficulties in functioning and relating to others.
Good luck and I hope things get better for you [/QUOTE]
Thank you for your help and assistance.
EDIT: just a warning – this thread may get moved to the Health and Wellness Forum at BelowTopSecret.com since it's not really about a conspiracy in medicine, but personal health. So if you come back here and find it's disappeared, don't panic
[edit on 12/9/08 by americandingbat]