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As far as I know -and I could be wrong here- there's no reality tv show where seven clinically depressed people are taken off their meds, with the one keeping their life together the longest before going back to medication winning a big sum of money.

That surprises me, considering how much of reality tv is predicated on the overt attempt of making people entertainingly lose their shit on camera. And considering how happily would pharma companies bankroll the whole thing.

Anybody who can contact a TV producer for me?



Mar. 12th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely not Tom Cruise telling anyone that mental illness doesn't exist and everyone should go off the meds, but for me, I think the meds literally would've killed me if I'd stayed on them. Life's not a picnic without them, but I've had excessive weight gain (35 lbs in a month on one!), screwed up blood sugar, suicide attempts, tremors, dementia, confusion, and tardive dyskinesia--but I never got un-depressed. You'd think that'd tell the docs something, but no. Why is it that when something is clearly not working, they think the solution is to do the same thing at higher doses? HELLO. I this drug is fucking me up at 75 mg, the solution is not to put me on 450 mg!
Mar. 12th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Medical malpractice stories not only sadden and anger me, they also scare the crap out of me.
Mar. 12th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I think it just speaks to how we need to be very aware and not just blindly accept what some doctor tells us. His diploma on the wall doesn't make him smarter than me, just more educated. When I was on psych drugs, I could talk shop with the psychiatrists. Serotonin, norepinephrine, neurochemistry, med metabolism, half-lives. When I was diagnosed with my Brain Thing, the neurologist was an asshole who didn't explain anything, so I got a copy of the report and researched it myself until I understood it very well. (I enlisted the aid of some non-asshole doctors I know.) By the time I went to see the neurosurgeon two weeks later, I told him what treatment I wanted. Luckily he was not an asshole, and he laughed and said that was what he would've recommended.

There are good docs out there...it just takes some luck and intention to find them. My cardiologist, for instance, is fantastic. I wish I could clone him and make him into a GP because my GP is no longer satisfactory.

I think I've hijacked your comments section...
Mar. 12th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
I was throwing around a half-baked idea, you are discussing important stuff. I'm (as always) grateful for your comments.
Mar. 12th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Well, you seem to post about things I have rants about. I'm a ranty person if you hit the right buttons. Somehow, you've discovered more of my hot-button issues than most people. It's a bit unsettling, really. :-P
Mar. 12th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Same here, in some respects. :)


cass, can you not

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