Exactly, but chemical imbalences can be measured and treated whether behaviorally and chemically. A big part of the problem is the stigma so many cultures have against "mental illness." I share your frustration on that.View Thread
I share your concerns about the psychiatric industry. Some people seem to really need medications, others just need them for a while as they learn new coping strategies, others really don't need them. I would advice starting with a counselor or therapist rather than a psychiatrist, so they don't automatically assume you will need medication. I know not all psychiatrists do that but some do.
It is not your fault if you have depression, but it is true that life is what you make of it. That isn't a blaming statement but rather an acknowledgement that how you deal with a problem determines your success. Think about depression, for example, like a broken leg. Nobody says the broken leg is all in the patient's head. But if the patient gives up and doesn't take an active part in their success, and doesn't do physical therapy, then they will have more problems than if the patient tried hard to get well. Simple as that. No shame or blame.
Also, don't feel ashamed for needing help. Everybody needs help now and then. Sometimes it's just advice that is needed, or new ways to look at problems so you can deal with them better. Sometimes it's more than that. There is no shame in asking, only in knowing you need help and not asking.View Thread
I have some pretty severe phobias, and for years and years I tried to resist them, block them, fight them. That didn't work and the phobias just mostly got worse, though I was able to gain a little bit of function with long practice. For example, I can go down most sets of stairs now even though I still can't do certain mountain trails. I've been called a coward and I realize that is true because my desire to overcome the fear was never strong enough for me to do so.
However, I finally found an insight that helped me so I wanted to share it and maybe talk about it a bit if anyone is interested. I learned that a lot of dealing with fear is learning to tolerate the sensation. Something I read recently on this board, regarding OCD behavior, gave me the clue. The idea is to realize that the fear won't actually hurt you, and to move past it. I was never able to do that until I learned a particular trick of mentally "moving toward" the fear sensations. I am learning to practice this in easy situations to build my confidence.
The best way I can describe the technique is as follows: when I feel the fear sensations I stop fighting them. I stop trying to "run" from them or avoid then and instead embrace them. It seems that the fight is what gives the fear its power. So far I've been helped a lot, and I'm going to try harder things soon to see how it goes. My spouse told me this is how she maaged to jump out of perfectly good airplanes, she embraced her fear and thus moved through it. I never understood exactly HOW to do that before. I think I was getting it wrong because I was still resisting the fear.View Thread
I can agree with your philosophy and appreciate your approach to treatment. Kind encouragement works so much better for me than "tough love." The "tough love" approach (i.e. messages to grow up, toughen up, try harder) just sends me farther into my shell until it's all I can do to even speak. I wish more people understood that.
A brief note about the term "streetwise." To me, and some others I know, it does not necessarily refer to low class urban drug culture. It can also refer to the quality of uderstanding basic human nature, or the awareness of the problems and challanges of modern life. Sometimes folks also use "streetwise" when they are referring to someone who has good common sense. I just thought an additional perspective might be valuable.View Thread
I'm not a pharmacist, so take any advice with a grain of salt. I'm speaking from prior knowledge only. That said, the dulera is just a vasodilator and the most it would do is maybe make you feel hyper, or give you a little bit faster hearbeat, for a minute or two. The medicine works to open your airways and would work on someone that doesn't have asthma as well. As far as interactions with the Aller-tec, they are unlikely that far apart. Aller-tec is made of Cetirizine, which is a common antihistamine.
I appreciate reading your perspective. Your sentence "I thought it was normal to think obsessively about every upcoming event and think negatively about everything in the past" really hit home. Thank you for the reminder that this problem doesn't have to be forever, and also for reminding me that I'm not alone in having to work at it every day. It's so easy to forget that other people who seem to be normal and successful have struggles too that I will never be aware of. I wish you the best!View Thread