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I hate to put it down to chemical imbalances, I suffered from depression once - It has never happened again because I choose not to let it happen, I feel I have a very strong control over my mental state, I choose what to feel, how I should react; if it suits me in the end
personally i think that labeling can potentially be dangerous. Something of a self fulfilling prophecy could occur with the individual identifying themselves as being defined by it and how others may perceive them as being defined by it
My current perspective is that Anxiety, Depression, Paranoia is just the fault of bad thinking patterns. I refuse to accept that it is due to a chemical imbalance, but rather - the results of negative thinking cause the imbalance. And this works for me. I have even been able to get over stage fright.
What's odd about talking to birds?? I do it all the time.
I am concerned about the side effects and long term effects of some of the drugs used though
It was a problem because there was really intense paranoia connected to the fact that apparently the birds could read her mind.
The difficulty is in judging when one or more of these "dimensions" exceeds the bounds which are considered acceptable to that person or to others
What do you mean, long term effects? Im aware of short term side effects that various drugs can have, but im not aware of any long term detrimental effect, i thought the idea was to return a chemical imbalance to normal, which tends to imply nothing other than correction of an error. I have mildly wondered, if someone was on the wrong medications, could this actually do damage by way of interfering with the balance that was actually fine before?
I would be more concerned with the long term changes in brain chemistry - delicately balanced at best. Some of these drugs, and these are for treatment of what I referred to as mild mental illnesses, are akin to trying to fix a computer with a hammer.
I think that most GPs don't prescribe them lightly