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I HATE MIDWESTERN DOCTORS AND I HATE THE MIDWESTERN MENTALITY OF HERE - TAKE THESE DRUGS AND FEEL NUMB FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

NO - DON'T TALK ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL. JUST NUMB YOURSELF. YOU DON'T NEED TO FEEL PAIN BUT YOU DON'T NEED TO FEEL HAPPY EITHER.

FUCK YOU DOCTORS! FUCK YOU HEALTH INSURANCE!! MY FRIENDS ARE NOT TO BE DRUGGED UP BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD TALK THERAPY. IT'S BULL SHIT - YOU HEAR ME?!??! FUCKING BULLSHIT!!!!!

AND FUCK ANYBODY WHO FEELS LIKE THEY DON'T "NEED" THERAPY - EVERYBODY NEEDS THERAPY AT SOME POINT AND YOUR FRIENDS DON'T COUNT AS COUNSELORS, YOU CAN'T BE YOUR OWN COUNSELOR, AND THERE IS NO SHAME IN TALKING TO A COUNSELOR ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS, NOT THE PROBLEMS OF YOUR FRIENDS, NOT THE PROBLEMS OF YOUR FAMILY, BUT YOUR FUCKING PROBLEMS. AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO FUCKING FIX THEM BECAUSE EVERYTHING - EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE CAN BE FIXED.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Right on the money, Meg.

You put it in the best words and caps I've read. Thank you.
preach on
I'm just glad I had people to point me in the direction of good counsellors.

Meds don't solve anything on their own.

There's nothing wrong with accepting somebody else's help with something.

Side note - Fly out to the UK, and I'll introduce you to the chap I saw. Get medical insurance to pay for the flight ;)
*chuckles* thanks for the offer, but I'm really fine at the moment. I do know when to seek help if I need it though. This was in response to a friend of mine situation and just the mentality I've witnessed over the past 6 years of how therapy is treated. I just can't stand it. Meds are not the cure all people imagine or want them to be.
THANK YOU!
I have been saying that for months! "What you have an emotional problem? Ok lets jam drugs down your throat! Drugs are the answer to everything!"
I fucking hate that thought pattern, drugs don't solve shit. They did that to my sister and she was so deviod of anything she was unable to take care of her kids! So she stopped taking them.
This is the reason i don't seek counseling with my issues, cause I know they are going to jam meds down my throat!
But I urge you to find a councelor, preferably a therapist, one who can NOT prescribe medication. It is very important to talk with someone about your issues - I probably would not be alive today if it wasn't for my therapist (and my keen sense of self preservation that is a total bitch at times).

If your councelor suggests meds, tell them you are more interested in working it out through talking first. Of course, that does mean a lot more work onyour behalf, and it's almost more expensive. Which is why I'm so angry with health insurance.
What brought this on, if I may ask?
I wrote a bit about it in a letter to you today while I was at work - but basically one of my friends was told that he would be on medication for the rest of his life because he has reoccuring depression. But there was no mention of seeking therapy.

Yes, depression can be caused by a chemical imbalance, but the meds will jsut leave you feeling numb, and the depression will come back with out therapy too. I'm just so angry that people are all "here, swallow this and shut up, okay?"
It;s the type of culture that we've developed.
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I don't know for sure, this rant was in response to what's going on with a friend of mine in Wisconsin. But UGH! Everybody out here is so keen on taking a pill and having it all solve their problems.

And yes, I agree, some things NEED medication. Like schizophrenia or bi-polar. But a lot of the times for therapy to be really effective, it needs a mixture of both. Anti-depressants should help the patient focus so they can make progress in their therapy, not so that they won't feel anything at all.

I just can't stand it. I was in therapy all through jr. high and highschool. I was VERY depressed but I really put in the effort and made a lot of progress. When I went to counceling out here, it was a lot of "do you want to be on meds?" No! I need someone to talk to who can help me work things out!
My psychiatrist is Satan...

and I stopped taking my pills...

and I need my Meg...
Find a good psychologist or coucelor who won't prescribe meds. It'll hurt more but talking it through will help more if you work on it.

I'll be there in 2 weeks.
Now you see what I was saying about my never trusting therapy. I can only imagine it's worse as you get further out into the sticks.
IT's frustrating that people cant trust therapists. I was able to trust mine because I knew she wasn't going to prescribe anything. She just wanted to help work with me to make me better.

It's frustrating that health insurance will only cover meds, and not talk therapy. Meds alone will only make things work and people can't afford the therapy they really need.

Councelors are important. They aren't going to turn on you, but they will help you uncover things that are hard for you (generally speaking) face, which is why a lot of people don't like them. That - and most people go see psychatristst who just want to drug you up and make moeny.
See, I had both. I had a psychologist, but HE wasn't the one who gave me meds. I had an MD do that, and the two guys communicated back and forth. It actually helped quite a bit. What did not help was the fact that where I was living (out in the burbs) was not reality. It was too isolated, too protective. Believe it or not, when I got to De Pere, I felt like I had finally stepped out into the world. When I got out to St. Paul, I felt like the world stepped ONTO me, because I had no help from anyplace, and no insurance to cover meds. Why? B/c my "insurance" won't cover pre-existing medical conditions. One of the drawbacks of a year of service :-P