posted on Apr, 22 2013 @ 06:18 PM
Speaking completely from experience:
Medication = Relief of Symptoms
Symptoms = Physical/Mental reaction to something wrong
I rarely even take anything for a headache any more. I haven't for many years. Guess what happened to my pain... it isn't as bad, any more. I'm
only using pain for this example, but I used to take Ibuprofen all the time. I realized that I got to a point where I needed it to not be in
pain. It took about a month, but all of a sudden I realized that any pain I was feeling was bearable, and I was able to relieve it naturally (you
know... rest and water for a headache, reducing the amount you walk on a sprained ankle, etc). My pain now tells me what's wrong, and I correct
I don't take anything for a cold, either. I would rather deal with congestion than have a cloudy head and "slight congestion". I hate the way cold
meds make me feel now.
I was fortunate enough to have parents who refused to let doctors put me on meds for my mental issues. So what? So I act a little goofy and different
than "normal" people at times, but I don't start getting worse and worse until the doc throws me on a new prescription cocktail. I don't go
"psychotic" when I decide to just quit my meds. I deal with my issues like humans always have... if I start acting wierd or thinking thoughts that I
know aren't correct, I remove myself momentarily and "get my head straight". Paranoia is probably the hardest to deal with, especially when it's
subtle, like I believe that a person doesn't like me. All I have to do is look around and realize that I'm not paranoid, there's nothing to be
angry about, and if I'm sad, I may be sad about something other than what I THINK I'm sad about.
I recently had a friend (on Facebook) who's been on the prescription cocktails for many years. Her lates mix was losing it's effectiveness and she
was "acting up", so to speak. We talked a bit and she decided to just get off the meds, since she was more in touch with her actions and thoughts
(vs. deciding to drop meds that were 'working', where the mental shock hits and coping mechanisms aren't present). After about a month out, her
outbursts were much less, she figured out that she COULD think rationally and clearly, and could simply work through her issues, like depression and
mania. Now her symptoms seem less dramatic and radical than before, much like it was with my pain and Ibuprofen.
I believe that T.V., and the way we're all supposed to live according to the rich and famous, is one of our leading causes of depression and mental
disorder. People tend to compare themselves with the people on the television rather than the people immediately around them. These days, everyone is
expected to be able to afford an iPhone and XBox, afford the latest fashion, and diet fad. Everyone expects their spouses to look like the various
"beautiful people" they see on the screen in front of them, forever. When their spouse doesn't act like the people on T.V. they leave them. When
their kids don't act like the kids on T.V. they medicate them. When their friends don't act like the cool friends on T.V. they ditch them.
I could go on and on about how people compare their lives to what they observe on T.V., but I'd rather say something that has been repeated and
ignored for millennia: Enjoy the little things while they last, and look forward to the new things that have yet to present themselves. Learn from the
past and live for the future.