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Re: Barbiturates for insomnia yxibow

Posted by metric on April 3, 2009, at 16:23:43

In reply to Re: Barbiturates for insomnia metric, posted by yxibow on April 2, 2009, at 19:06:49

> Despite the rant, chronic insomnia is a condition that affects millions of people. I for one know that it is probably one piece of the very intricate disorder I have.

Insomnia sucks. There is nothing good about insomnia. Where did I imply otherwise?

> It affects anxiety, depression, EPS and side effects -- the lack of sleep interferes and can increase those disorders.
> I wouldn't just snub it off like that, but you're entitled to your own opinion. I know personally I don't like being an insomniac.

Please show me where I trivialized insomia.

> As for "as it was a century ago", people were selling heroin, cocaine, anything, you name it, over the counter. Do you really think in a society where medicine has rapidly expanded health you would want readily available hard drugs OTC ?

I'm sorry, that reads as a non sequitur to me. Societies in which medicine has "rapidly expanded health" have an increased need for prohibition?

Of course I believe people should be able to buy any drug they want. I value individual liberty. Somehow, incarcerating people for their personal choices seems contradictory to the principles upon which this country was founded. Moreover, the War on Drugs is essentially a war on the poor. Rich people can afford to pay doctors to legally obtain their drugs (hard and soft), while the poor cannot.

> Oh, and about a century ago 20 million people died of the flu around 1915-1920.
> There were no antibiotics, at least none you would want unless you wanted to play russian roulette with sulfa drugs.
> No MRIs, polio, malaria, a lot of diseases were rampant in 'modern' countries.
> Yes, people were stylin' in the roaring 20s in some ways like rebirths of fun and debauchery in recent times.

You've lost me completely. Perhaps English is not your native language? That would explain a lot. I mean that innocently.

> But if one thinks psychiatry is still fraught with problems, which it is, because while we have a lot of tools, it is still in some ways in the 'middle ages' -- try living then.

Psychiatry doesn't have *any* tools (at least not in the sense you intend). I don't regard psychiatry as a legitimate branch of medicine.

> There was nothing but asylums, misunderstanding at best, and rough and inhumane at worst.

In other words, like it is now, sans the drugs.

> -- Jay




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