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Re: What Meds

Re: What Meds2012-09-17T15:00:42+00:00

Patte Rosebank
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Meds alone won’t do the job. You need a combination of meds and psychological and/or life coach counselling, to help you set up structures and habits to help you function properly.

Think of meds as training wheels for a bicycle. They’ll help you to learn how to balance, but you still have to learn how to ride.

I’ve been on Effexor for many years. When I went through the extremely difficult process of withdrawing from it, I was fine for a while, but then, my depression returned, and I discovered that I’m going to need to be on it for the rest of my life.

When I was on Concerta, it helped for a while, but then, the lovely calm & focus was replaced by extreme jitters & anxiety. Plus, my psychiatrist had taken on way too many patients, and only seeing your psych. for 10 minutes, every 3 months is NOT how to do the trial-and-error necessary to find the right meds. Especially, when he’s ordered to drop half of his patients (including me), by the hospital officials.

Ritalin and Concerta are only two of the forms of methylphenidate that are out there. Perhaps the drug is right (since it gives you focus & motivation), but the dosage & delivery system are wrong. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about this. And do look into life-coaching/psychological counselling. Many life coaches work by phone or internet, so you don’t need to actually visit them in person. You could even have a life coach on the other side of the world!