Sunday, October 15, 2006

Chiming in: YES THANK YOU GOD for medicine

Responding to teacherken/kos.

For me depression is like drowning.

[I'm bipolar...will talk about mania another time, except to say that alcohol isn't for the depression, it's for the mania.]

When I was drowning in depression, medicine brought me back up to the surface. I still had to swim to the shore.

These things helped me swim to shore: therapy of different kinds, stupendous self-will, the love of family and friends and pets, and becoming more open within the community. I have given speeches to thousands of people about being mentally ill, bipolar with ADHD.

Now I have climbed out of the water, but I'm still standing very close to the edge, and am shivering and cold and wet. It is better, but still uncomfortable and occasionally dangerous.

Please DO reach out to help other people you see drowning, it really matters and helps.

Cross-posted at firedoglake, where I am known as the ranter on all things mental health, including my own, not making fun of people who are sick, and changing our society so that all of us can live a better life.

3 comments:

Tawanda said...

I wanted to say what an appreciation I have for your comments related to mental health, but depression specifically. When I read your comments at FDL, here, elsewhere.... I often nod and know you know. To me it is like being suspended in a dead moment not able to move.

-mark said...

You know, egregious, I'm a serious health food, fitness, and alternative medicine nut. For like decades. I'm the healthiest guy you're going to meet. And now I have cancer. Suddenly I'm in CT and PET and MRI machines. I'm getting lined up for radiation. I'm looking at limited chemo to enhance the radiotherapy. I'm getting so deep into mainstream medicine that no one would ever know about my alt.med trip before this.
And I feel totally blessed that this system exists and is so amazingly knowledgable. These docs do stunning work.
So I'm with you in praising medicine and the power of healing.
Thanks for your passion and willingness to put yourself out there. See you over at FDL. -marksb

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