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LCD, As I recall, you're bipolar, like I am.
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Back when Prozac and other SSRIs were still new on the market, I started to hear the phrase "I don't need a crutch" or "medications are just a crutch."

Here's the thing. . . . If your leg is broken, you NEED a fing crutch, and a cast, and maybe pins to hold the d@mn thing together until it can heal.


Hello Ishtar,

Yes, I did note what Diana said that she has "situational" depression whereas we have something else. Elements of her blog post still spoke to me, perhaps because I'm in a depression slump right now.

Also I guess that when the meds don't feel like they are doing enough (or anything), it sucks. At the least, I think the meds can treat symptoms for some, which is better than nothing most of the time. I think it is less common when the medications seem to be able to get at the core issues effectively.

I'll use the analogy of diabetes. Maybe for some, insulin can help their diabetes. It isn't a cure, but it can manage the disorder. It can be a pain, but it helps patients thrive (or at least survive). For a rare minority, with treatment and lifestyle changes they might be able to go off of medications (I've had of a small handful of people who have alleged this), but they have to be vigilant their entire lives if it comes back. This last situation probably is more for situational depression than full-blown depression and bipolar, but it is something I dream about in that it can be transitional, but still remain on the defensive.

Lois
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