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AngryYoungMan Donating Member (856 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-03 12:01 AM
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18. My 2 cents
I've had some bouts with serious depression and impovrishment. One thing I've learned is the importance of the role brain chemistry plays. I've come very close to having problems with booze and weed, and managed to avoid both.

Things got better for me, and it was a miraculous feeling. And the upswings seemed so unexpected; that tends to be the way these cycles go.

The only point I'd make has to do with Paxil. I've never used that kind of psychotropic drug myself but I've heard some scary stories about what happens to people who suddenly stop. Apparently there are withdrawl symptoms that can be very scary. I stress that I'm not a doctor or any kind of expert at all. This is just hearsay. But it's important to remind yourself that the dire assessment of your circumstances is DIRECTLY made to seem worse by brain chemistry problems. So, remember that things ARE NOT as bad as they seem; the hopelessness is "enhanced" (if that's the right word) by the drug effects.

Also I would point out that Democratic Underground, while being a wonderful community and a group of swell people in general, can be an addictive substance all its own, and, with the current world situation being what it is, can be depressing as hell. Obviously we all love DU, but stressing every hour about Bush, Ashcroft, etc. is going to make things seem a whole lot worse. I've found, over the past few years, that I can occasionally have fun with republican friends/family members precisely because they don't see the current situation for what it is.

That last part may or may not be good advice. Of course DU is the best thing ever. I'm just saying, as someone whose been close to suicidal, that you should remember to think about brain chemistry and how it's affecting your mood.

I'm confident things will start going your way. You sound like a fighter and a survivor. I'm sure in a little while you'll be posting about how well things have started to go.

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