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Depression discussions

Whenever the topic of depression and antidepressants comes up in one of these communities, I feel the urge to contribute. But my position is such an unacceptable one these days that I am always attacked. What is distressing to me is that people will form their opinions of these drugs based on scant information, yet challenge my position, which is backed by substantial studies and books by people who have bothered to do the work. What I need to do is to ignore the discussion or else simply offer my position as stated on my web page on the subject and leave it at that. Walk away. There seems to be no benefit to getting into any further discussion because people who know way less than I tell me I don't know what I'm talking about. But they aren't willing to find out for themselves, to question their own beliefs.

I used to believe exactly the way these folks did. It was a long journey to where I am now.  I try to be sympathetic but after a while I just can't be. Why would you want to be a victim? Why would you want to believe you don't have the power but these drugs do? Why wouldn't you want to find out more?

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attelage
May. 22nd, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
You know you and I agree to disagree on this matter, with respect. I do respect your POV and I have read many of the studies and reports that I think you are refering to and I find there is valid and important information that benefits some people.
I don't care for you labeling me a victim although I am not going to try to convince you otherwise. It doesn't really have any impact on my life, you know? Everyone faces a different journey for as many different reasons. You aren't the only one who believes they know what they are talking about.
judith
May. 22nd, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
yes, we'll have to disagree respectfully. I do feel this is not a matter of simple belief, though, of difference of opinion, but of actual knowledge. And in the years to come I am certain you will find that overall these drugs do more harm than good (it's just that what I have learned is hardly common knowledge - but that doesn't make it a "belief". It's knowledge.). I have said many times that I do believe they can be helpful for those who can't get out of bed. It's a start for them. But it should not be all one does to deal with depression.

And that will be enough. I'm done, again. All I ask, again, is that people really study what they are taking. Be informed. Know the risks.

Now I'll shut up. I really try to keep this discussion out of my personal journal and from here on I'll try to avoid discussions elsewhere as well, most of the time. Which doesn't mean I'll quit studying.
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