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Re: Anyone have any experience with Menninger (cli Stavros

Posted by paulk on November 24, 2003, at 19:47:50

In reply to Anyone have any experience with Menninger (clinic), posted by Stavros on November 20, 2003, at 18:28:24

Yes, but long ago - 1976-80 . I don't know that they have changed except that they keep getting smaller - at that time they were Freudian based stuff - It just fails to work - understanding your problems philosophically will not make them go away. (I understand that I have diabetes and why now I will will it to go away<grin>).

I was in patient for 9 mo and knew many people there and unfortunately I knew many that did not survive not that it was their fault it is just that they didn't get better in spite of that brand of treatment.

They were extremely against using medication except as a last resort and I saw them push a friend off a low dose of Valium that I think caused him the lose of his marriage. Their resistance to using medications is sited as the reason that they are so small now.

I think the people there meant well, but I sure wished they had put me on Nardil instead of talking me to death.

One of the most important things of my Medicine experience is to realize that I really couldn't have changed without meds (and todays meds are really quite crude) and I felt a relief of guilt for being who I am, yet sadness for having missed most of life.


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