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  •  You try to deal with a family member with (0+ / 0-)

    a mental illness without access to medication. Even with medication it's very difficult. I'm really tempted to HR this piece of crap but probably won't.

    •  I DO have family members with SMI... (0+ / 0-)

      ....as well as having to deal with my own diagnosis of bipolar disorder. I never said stop taking medications, I said challenge the assumption that what your doctor is suggesting is the best option for you. Read. Talk to other sufferers. Try the drug with the least side effects first, move to the more dangerous ones only if you have to.

      And push, push and push for something better - the research labs are humming with new alternatives that can make a real difference in people's lives.

      Pretending that today's meds are great when they so obviously are not is just a way of blaming the victim when they fail.

      •  Oh, I completely agree that most drugs we have (0+ / 0-)

        right now have serious side effects and in many cases don't work well. It's just that old drugs were much worse. Sorry that I misunderstood your diary.

        •  No worries and my comments were... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...specific to depression and anxiety disorders where the tradeoff of benefit to side effects of today's meds are way out of whack. Other disorders with worse untreated symptoms, like bipolar and schizophrenia absolute require medication and have options where although the side effects are problematic they are in proportion to the benefit received.

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