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Re: Short-term med tactic needed Neal

Posted by garnet71 on February 8, 2009, at 9:51:33

In reply to Re: Short-term med tactic needed, posted by Neal on February 7, 2009, at 20:38:15

"And one last thing about Pdocs and I'll shut-up."
- Neal
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Please don't shut up. You were my lifeline last night. Thank you so much.

About Ativan-quitting that cold turkey is a lot different then quitting xxRIs. Luckily, it is easily reversed by taking - of all things - an Ativan. I almost had a nervous breakdown when I ran out of Ativan a few years ago, but I was accused of being a drug seeker by the ER and was not treated-so I had to go home and drink 2 bottles of wine to supress my nervous system (this prevented a nervous breakdown). Well, that's the Reader's Digest version of the story. Needless to say, when the hospital got my letter they 'erased' the bill. I wish I had sued them-I will not tolerate that anymore. Even today, it complicates my anxiety to think that doctors will watch me lose my mind while I have another 4 day continuous panic attack.

Like you, I have sympathy for PDocs; well, all doctors for that matter. The health care system really sux.

Shock jocks on the radio--don't even get me started!!! They promote the stigmitization of the mentally ill; it makes me angry. You know, I couldn't stand Brittney Spears, actually the concept of her. But when I caught glimpses of how the media treated her, I have the utmost sympathy for her now-and even have grown to respect her. I can't believe i just said that. lol. I personally think the role of shock jocks as along the lines of the lowest common denominator in our society. I always have CDs in my car for morning commutes, as there is nothing but trash on the radio; even some of the political news personalities who don't consider or offer both sides of the issues, are a huge dissapointment to me.

Even at my undergraduate school where you could find the most liberal in the country, stigmitization of the mentally ill is accepted. I was shocked by how these young kids would advocate to protect any and all groups - while making fun of the mentally ill. When are things going to get better? You know, I have come to the realization that the mentally ill are some of the neatest, most interesting, most intelligent, most compassionate human beings on the planet. The world would be a pretty boring place without 'us'.

Since you mentioned treatment costs, there seems to be some legislation going on to allow for more parity with mental health vs. 'medical' health. Unfortunately, I have not paid much attention to the news recently to know what's going on there. I do know those who need mental health services the most are often those who are least able to afford it. My military doc I mentioned above goes way out of his way to a distressed neighborhood to help those who are poor. He told me he couldn't help but notice the difference in the patients there vs. the patients in the well-off part of the city - in terms of needing mental health services. Knowing doctors like him exist gives me great hope.

Well I am feeling better despite only sleeping a couple of hours. It's my Grandaughters 2nd birthday today, and I have a party to go to. Her Mom, my son's sister, is such an amazingly beautiful, spirited, special person. Spending the day with her and her family should really brighten my day.

Thanks again for talking with me, Neal. I hope things for the both of us just keep getting brighter and brighter.


 

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