Originally Posted by Nae
Chemical imbalance is a marketing term used to sell meds. As for meds, yes, they can help. We know so little about mental illness and its biology it seems absurd to take some sort of reductionist approach towards treatment.
I tend to agree. Doctors and therapists are all too eager to diagnose you with a "chemical imbalance." I totally do NOT think I have one, and I've asked for them to prove it to me that I do. I say if it's a biological problem
, then prove it to me biologically
, but they don't....(I tell them I understand I might be wrong, which is fine, but I want proof--one way or the other) They just clam up.
I do take xanax once in a while, but only because it works (sometimes) in the situation I'm in. My brain isn't causing the anxiety, I LEARNED it. So I believe I have to UNLEARN it. It's so bad tho, that I have to use a little medication to do much at all. I use medication for the behavior part, not the thinking
part. I don't believe there's anything wrong with my brain, it's how I use
I do not believe SA is a "chemical imbalance".
I think it's a combination of irrational thinking, obsessive worrying, low self-esteem, and a view of oneself that is heavily influenced by what we think
others think of us.
In a way we focus so much on ourselves, (altho it's not selfish, like a narcissist), but what we should
be focusing on when it comes to ourselves is our own
opinions, feelings, and thoughts. Make them count, give them weight--not other people's!
PS: I think if a person is depressed, that should be helped first. I just said to make your own opinion count, but if you are depressed, your own opinion might be a sucky one, in which case, get help with being able to think positively about yourself in the first place.
I hope no one is too offended by my anti-medication stance. I took Paxil for 3 yrs and felt, not better, but like a zombie. And then I tried welbutrin, and ended up in the ER 3 times in a week because of a toxic reaction to it and it wasn't flushing out of my body. I don't have good luck with meds. I believe whatever works for an individual, should be used. But it should be the person's choice, and not forced on them.