Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Got a headache?

Licensed to Pill

So, I could've taken Zoloft.  Then I wouldn't have to do difficult therapy.  Yet.  But here are the side effects that occured in more than 15% of patients with my disorders: ejaculation failure (no!!!), dry mouth, diarrhea/loose stools, nausea, insomnia.  There are lot more, but they occured in less than 15%.

You know, sometimes you really do need a good anti-depressant.  But I think more often than not you just need to deal with your issues and come to grips with life.  And honestly, I already have insomnia.  I really don't want to have to wear depends just to avoid feeling like crap (*insert joke here*).

Do we over medicate?  Or do we just have more advances in science to help with lifes ails?  I can see both sides, especially when my friends and I have very real mental disorders.  I would argue though that we should first look toward lifestyle and attitude changes before popping a pill or 10.


  1. I say both both BOTH. We, as a society, over-medicate. But, some of those meds are most certainly a blessing that Heavenly Father expects some of us to use... which is why he helped them develop it.

  2. I totally agree with you, Kristi. I try to say no to drugs wherever possible... even the ones my doctor tells me are okay. :D You start on one pill, it causes some side-effect, you have to take another pill for that side-effect and that pill causes something else. Before you know it, you're taking 20 different pills every day.

    I'm no Tom Cruise or anything, but it seems like our bodies weren't really meant to work that way. I think of my two brothers with diabetes... one has completely controlled his with diet, the other shoots up extra insulin so he can eat doughnuts. Lifestyle first, drugs second.

  3. Yeah, I think we overmedicate. I think there's a lot of stuff that people in our parents' generation just "got over." Bad childhood? Crummy marriage? Mental illness? People just seemed to suffer through things. Bootstraps & all.

    That's good, because then everybody can feel "normal" because nobody's "normal."

    But it's also bad, because when people need help they can't get it.

    Ideally, everyone would be able to figure out that some amount of screwed-uppedness is, in fact, "normal." Everyone is kinked in some way. How do we know? Because everyone on the planet is, well, still on the planet. We're all still mortal. (Read: Not perfect yet). Sometimes it'd be nice if people could admit this to each other a little more. Then we could all be strong together, instead of being lonely reeds ready to break in the wind.

  4. Hi Gran....
    I so rarely read blogs, I'm glad I opened yours today. I need to read this one more often.
    I'm unfortunately one of those people who has needed some meds, no doubt. I wonder (often) though, with all the schooling my own specialist has gone through (psychiatrist) and yet still how they at times disagree with the attending doctor at the clinic, how it is that so many general practitioners can prescribe these things with short visits and short checkups. Even someone in my family has 5 minute visits with her psychiatrist, and the visits have never really been longer than that for her. My visits last 30 minutes on the short side, so that they can ask me lots of follow up questions and rule out and tweak etc. etc. And I had years of therapy (on and off) before that.
    Thank goodness for that, though, because my kids needed me until their dad was healthy enough to take over, so that I could heal from our marriage. Isn't life fun? Really, it was a blessing. One of those "had to learn from to be hopefully-more humble" experiences. And I'm rambling on purpose. Really.

  5. I'm glad you stopped by! Again, it just goes to show no one has it easy, even if they appear to.