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Re: My Disappointment here + My early years Jay2112

Posted by SLS on August 27, 2021, at 13:36:55

In reply to Re: My Disappointment here + My early years SLS, posted by Jay2112 on August 26, 2021, at 12:56:45

Jay - This is an amazing post you wrote. Thank you.

If you caught my "Biology versus Psychology" and "Depressive Pressure" posts, I think you will find plenty that agrees with your words here. I began work to improve my psyche - actually, rebuild it - at age 20 or so. I was very much involuted and unreachable by psychologists, who I began seeing at age 17. When I was 22, I read Fieve's "Mood Swing" and discovered that I had a biologically-driven depression that most likely evolved during my years of bullying, child abuse and neglect. Neglect is worse than abuse, actually. Once I understood that, I simply decided to work on my psyche while doctors worked on my brain. I wanted to be psychologically healthy so that I could leave the gate galloping and never look back. It wasn't easy, but the idea was to avoid investing so many years learning how to gallop once the gate opened. I saw psychologists periodically to help me through some rather common, but difficult issues.

If you have a chance, take a quick look at my two short essays down below. I think we are the same wavelength.


- Scott


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> Hi Scott:
>
> I remember our days from the beginning of this website. Your gentleman-like attitude was something I always looked up to, never mind your amazing scientific knowledge.
>
> There were many times of *major* drama and personal politics on the site, yet you always persevered. My bipolar, I think, was what caused my manic-like postings back in the early and mid 2000's. (And some of it, I was just a jerk..lol.)
>
> Being a psychiatric patient since 1994, (I know you dated back even a bit more..), I've come to see all of this as one big experiment. As we get older, our biology changes, and we keep having to switch, restart, drop meds. Our brains also seem to be in a state of flux, and adapt to meds, losing some or much of their positive effect for people. Like we talked about before, there is definitely an element of art in psychiatry.
>
> Then, comes the time, when the planets and stars align (lol), and we find meds that stick with us, their positive effects lasting, and we start to feel better. As a social worker, I also believe (and I know you do too) that getting your life straightened out through talk therapy, plays a prominent role. As Andrew Solomon wrote in 'The Noonday Demon', that even with all the meds in the world, your personal/social problems are still going to be present. Andrew also has a really interesting TED talk..it's on Youtube.
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> We are all disappointed at some time Scott, but the point is to learn, and get back up and fight the 'black dog'. (As Churchill called it..and Vodka was his antidepressant, as none had even been invented..and look what he had to deal with!!) Sadly, we lose so, so many lives to these illness'. What I don't understand is the simple lack of treatments and progress, compared to Cancer treatment, with all due respect.
>
> So, a toast to all of our charms...we are all TRYING, to crack that damn code. That TRYING is key, I think.
>
> "You can fight..
> Fight without ever winning
> But never really win
> Win without a fight..."
> (The late) Neil Peart
>
>


Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

 

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