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  1. I have to agree with Every to a certain extent, Logic, it sounds like you are going thru something called anaylsis paralysis". When we are tired of these type reactions to the stimuli around us, we become almost indifferent. But it's my belief that true depression is indeed nothing more than indifference,. I am no way saying this is totally true for eveyone, but "indiffence" can come in many forms, and it is absolutely one of the major methods that our minds have to deal with depression. Warmest Regards, Deepster
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  3. I realize that I have the right of "choice" in everything in my life, and that with every "choice", there is a "consequence". Warmest Regards, Deepster
  4. Jim Bow- I saw you state some similar statistics regarding benzos yesterday and did some research on my own with little success. Would you mind PM'g me with the source of your various phamacological data regarding the comparisons of benzos? I have been on benzos for years at a low dosage, and would be very curious to educate myself regarding your claims. Warmest Regards, Deepster
  5. There are some interesting thoughts brought up in this thread. I, however would like to remind all that your are NOT, and SHOULD NOT ever consider yourself to be your "diagnosis". You must be proactive in your own recovery. You must understand that through medication, self-advocacy with your servcice providers, and primarily through EDUCATION you can and will become the "expert" in dealing with your own conditions. I promise you that through education you can and will become the expert in dealing with yourself, your medicators, and your therapists. YOU must take control and never relinquish it totally to anyone beyond yourself. It can be done and is being done everyday. Seek the answers yourself, and be prepared to answer all the questions yourself before turning matters totally into other's hands. Seek through your social services entitiy what "educational" services might be available in your area for free. Warmest Regards, Deepster
  6. farscape- Paxil is one of the most potent side effect creating ADs out there. Yes, you can start on small doses, but I can almost assure you that you will experience "ramp-up" side effects of insomnia.... I can almost assure it will somehow affect your sleep patterns. Also, Paxil can have SEs that take up to 45 days(perhaps longer) to adjust to. If you are just starting, you may well need a doc's note for some days. My experience with Paxil was that I should have requested to 45 days off right up front. Paxil was not a particularly good med for me. It made me feel great for several years. Susequently it was determined that i am BPII, and Paxil would flip me in to excessively long periods of hypo-mania. I loved the feeling, yet hated the consequences. Warmest Regards, Deepster
  7. Actually, it used to take the FDA five or more years to make drug approvals, so I don't find this "five" year clinical trial so alarming. After all, this is an invasive procedure that as of yet seems to be in "trial" for everything that it's being tested for. Invasive therapy is quite a bit different than medication therapy and requires much more clinical data to support it as "warranted" or "effective". I know it seems like a long time, but just look at what the truly lobotomy debacle created in the world of mental health. Would you want a repeat of that mess? HANG IN THERE! Warmest Regards, Deepster
  8. I can only add that I am a true beleiver in CBT/DBT{especially}, and that MINDFULLNESS is a powerfull thing. Both teach that there is is conequence to every action or emotion. Did you consider the consequences? Warmest Regards, Deepster
  9. I think it's the same for many of us with depression. It's not an addiction or a lack of willpower. It's a medical condition that needs to be treated. I honestly think downNotOut has put it pretty succintly here. My feeling is that even if a person has to be an addict for eternity to maintain a state of viable recovery, then so be it. I have known people who not only were challenged with depression but also with chronic pain(frequently they go hand in hand). I think in many of these cases I have seen, these people are more concerned with being addicted to opiates or barbituates than they are with their depression. I think education plays a major part in this....a MAJOR part! However, medications are in many/most instances essential in long term recovery. If the outcome is that you are addicted to this or that medication, then so be it. Whatever stablizes you will enable you to make the most of the challenges you face, and can often be the only thing that can propel us to seeking relief through other therapies. Warmest Regards, Deepster
  10. Wild Child, I think Samma Bear has stated the most significant thought in this thread.....we are all here to help each other. I have not been around for awhile due to a job change, but I can say this forum is all about pulling each other "up". The more we give,the more we get. Thanks for still being around Warmest Regards, Deepster
  11. All of this varies apparently from state to state. In the state of NC, "clinical" pshychologist CAN diagnose your condition and then refer you to a psychiatrist who will prescribe your medications. There are even two states where clinical psychologists can prescribe medications. It is likely that if you sat with a clinical psychologist for about 1.5-2 hours and were bombarded with questions, you were rendered a clinical diagnosis directly from the DSM IV, and now a prescriber will take over. A "non-clinical" psychologist cannot in general offer you a diagnosis, but may work closely in conjunction with your psychiatrist. Check out your state's requirements, and post in the "Psych 101" forum under this topic. Warmest Regards, Deepster
  12. Sorry about having done that, I did post a reply, but somehow ended up deleting it and leaving only your post. I just got home from work, but I will post a relply. Sorry about the confusion! I am in the midst of a job transition and just have so many things on my mind I'm struggling with being "mindful". Warmest Regards! Deepster
  13. Hi Trace, Yes, they certainly are. Gareth As a NAMI member, the only thing I'd like to add here is it is "we" not "they". Warmest Regards, Deepster
  14. Dr_Teeth- "Thought Disorder"? I'm not fond of this terminology as it's somewhat stigmatizing as it is so broad and draws no conclusions, especially on the part of a "professional". This is more specifically a "schizoeffective disorder", or more commonly known as "schizophrenia". The individual variations can swing wildly. Best news is that there are generally accepted and proven treatments. Then again, perhaps your mental health professional is trying to "protect" you from something.....like THE NEWS of your diagnosis. I just still don't even feel good about that either. I understand your concerns, and am totally sympathetic. These types of psychotic disorders can be difficult to diagnose, and can be difficult to trea,t as there are so many "types" and so many medications. My thinking is that you should just seek out the best and the brightest of MH professionals for treatment, and understand that relief may not come instantly. Find a doc you trust, and follow the advice given. Warmest Regards, Deepster
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