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Re: Guilt and Shame about taking Meds :( minimal

Posted by blueberry on April 22, 2006, at 19:50:20

In reply to Guilt and Shame about taking Meds :(, posted by minimal on April 22, 2006, at 14:01:15

I think we all battle with the medicine guilt trip, at least periodically. When we feel decent, it doesn't seem to be that big of a deal. When we feel bad is when we resist.

I asked a Pastor about this. He himself had been depressed for 10 years, could not understand why, resisted her doctor's attempts to prescribe an antidepressant, but finally he gave in. He is a new man and a fabulous Pastor who now helps others in trouble with depession. His advice to me...God put all kinds of resources on this earth for us to use, and we should use every single one of them at our disposal. That includes counseling, Jesus, prayer, diet, family, exercise, and medicine. All the pieces go together like a puzzle. One piece missing, problems.

Honestly, I am the same as you. I'm terrified of meds. I try to keep doses low. After a decade on meds, I have now been med-free for 10 weeks. You know what, they have been the absolute worst wasted 10 weeks of my life. The meds I was taking had some drawbacks. But I was a whole ton better with them than I am now.

Try 2.5mg zyprexa with that prozac. You might be surprised. And don't be afraid to increase it by 10mg. As I review my daily notes over the years, I see I was basically ok at 10mg, but I was much better at 20mg. If the wellbutrin isn't helping, and one of its common side effects is depression (go figure), drop it.

You have a life to live and people depending on you. Unless you take action on all the pieces of the puzzle, including the medicine, things will be tough. With good diet and exercise, your body can handle the meds. With the better quality of life that you have with medicines that are working, you'll probably actually live longer and healthier.


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