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Who Knew?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

It's been suggest to me by more than one person that I should go and get evaluated for depression. I have deeply ingrained prejudices against this whole thing which, in my head, I think are stupid. But my mom was raised in Christian Science and in our house, any ailments were pretty close to moral failings. Especially the "head" ones.
So we'll see.
I've become more willing to follow up this suggestion recently, looking at my "stuckness" over YEARS now.
Will report back. There's power in saying stuff out loud.

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RODEONINJA 4/9/2013 1:56AM

  I'd be dead if I'd listen to my mother's opinion of not seeking medical treatment. emoticon
I've been seriously mentally ill my whole life. My brain chemicals just don't operate normally on their own. I take a whole cocktail of meds in order to function half way decent and still have trouble with the depression part and some other pretty narly stuff. For years I carried the shame my mom slathered me in because it made me feel defective somehow to 'need medicine' when she didn't or other people I knew didn't. Malarkey!

Not anymore though. I know better now. Wish I had learned all of that years ago though. I'd have saved myself so much guilt and grief. I'm 50 now and wasted years on the head trips others were passing out about how I should look at getting the help I needed to feel and function like they could, without what I obviously needed help with. I've been on my meds now for over 20 years.

Just take care of yourself however YOU NEED TO. Talk to doctors, do some research and don't let people, any people, with personal hang ups take up space in your head unless they're paying you rent. It is all about what you feel best about after doing your homework and talking to professionals who can give you better information. If it doesn't feel right, you can always stop and do something else. emoticon

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KBEHNKE81 3/26/2013 3:36PM

    It's tough to overcome your prejudices, but if people are noticing and taking the time to mention it to you, i think it's worth looking into. I have been up close and personal with depression from many perspectives. It is amazing what a difference treatment can make (ranging from a few counseling sessions to long-term medication). If you do need treatment, you will wonder why you waited so long. But it's possible there is something else amiss. Please be good to yourself and get it checked out!!

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