reply to post by EyeOnYou
I'm very happy to hear that you were willing to try.
I believe that many mental illness are hereditary. I know in my family (all I know is my mothers' side) for at least 6 generations there has been the
same illnesses. what is interesting to me is how it has been dealt with. My great great grandmother was diagnosed with what would now be called
depression. but then- it was considered something way worse. She was institutionalized for most of her life, and submitted to horrible therapies, ECT,
My grandmother had the same illness. She was ignored, then put on BC pills, thinking it was a hormonal issue. She tried to kill herself many times,
before she too was put through shock treatments. My mother was undiagnosed until after I was born. They tried many different "new" medications, and
she spent 20 years trying to find one that worked.
I was the lucky one who was born when we know more about the brain and how chemicals work with it. It took me about 4 years to find the right med, as
even if they are all the same class, they are all different formulations (which is why they are different drugs). Everyone has different chemistry,
the trick is being under supervised care until the correct formulation is found. I also feel the need to advocate again- doing self research.
I research every script I am given, as I am on a few, and if you have more than one doc, like a gen practitioner and a psychiatrist- they may not be
on the same page, especially if you do not tell each doc what you are taking.
So be alert, be smart, and be honest.
For those who were able to wean off meds after a while- that's great!! I am SO happy that you are doing well on your own. But I am willing to admit
that I am not at that point. Sometimes I'll forget to take my SSRI for a few days. Then I'll be snappish, and crying over toilet paper
commercials...and I'll realize^^.
Meds, talk therapy, deep breathing techniques, a healthy sleep pattern, and coping skills work wonders. Sometimes you may need all of them, sometimes
only two ( I refuse to advocate meds without therapy together, it's a losing battle).