I just found this little debate and i absolutely have to post and im going to be a big pain and ignore everything that has been posted because this is an issue that means the world to me. its my "cause celebre" so to speak.
First off since i can in no way say everything there is to say about the issue in a post i will for the first time since joining VB
offer a link to my website (yes im comming out lol) www.anorexicsanonymous.com
visit the depression section by scrolling down the content frame on the left hand side and following the links ( the treatment link contains information on medication as does understanding depression)
For me Medication, Psychotherapy and a third controvertial but wonderfully effective treatment (ECT) was the right path.
i take my medication as religiously as a diabetic takes there insulin. Every night i count out my meds for the next day and place them in a dossette ( i take quite a bit at varried times) this is my way of maintaining control and order.
mental disorders are disorders of chemical imbalances they require readjusting of those chemicals. therapy can help you learn to deal with poor levels but it will not change your chemical levels in noticible amounts. the reason that diabeties is used often as an analogy(seen it here ) is that it too is a chemical imbalance just not in the brain.
so why is there such a stigma.
There that is it . Stigma. we need to get past the stigma that taking pills to fix our brains is a bad thing.
If it prolongs ones life or improves the quality of ones life it is in no way a bad thing. most people can take an ad for 6 months and then slowly be weened of of it. others like myself may be on them for life.
I now lead a full and productive life, free of side effects, free of depression, and full of enjoyment.
now if only there was a drug to combat low self esteem and eating disorders id be all set.
the thing i find most interesting is that most people dont question the need for drugs in schizophrenia, but in fact is is rather difficult to get schizophrenics to take there medication as they feel it is harmful, unnecessary, too many side effects, that they are more creative without it.
all the same things that those with depression often site. perhaps we should take our own views on the usefullness of antipsychotics and apply them to ADS???