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From [livejournal.com profile] solarbird via this post by [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman, a pointer to a particularly well-written article about depression and suicide. (Could be depressing in itself -- think before clicking.) But one of the points it makes is that sometimes the right thing to do is to take medication to correct a chemical imbalance in your head.

This gives me an excuse to clear another of my browser tabs to quote from a comment I made in a locked post elsejournal:

Over the years I've accumulated quite a large "pill salad" of drugs and supplements, mostly for the various chemical imbalances that cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol. When you get down to it, neurotransmitter imbalances are no different. Sure, changing the way your brain works is a little scary in the abstract. But that's what caffeine does, and I don't think you'd turn down a cup of coffee to get you going in the morning.

I often need a bit of a nudge (well, ok, usually it's the [livejournal.com profile] flower_cat going behind my back and talking to our doctor about me) to go get checked for health problems. But you out there don't have to be equally stupid. Sometimes the hardest part is figuring out that there is a problem. Other times the hard part might be admitting to someone else that there's a problem you can't handle on your own -- I tend to fall into that category.

Whatever it is, if you have some problem you've been putting off having a doctor look at, just go and get it looked at.

Date: 2007-11-27 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocketnaomi.livejournal.com
I did. They chopped open my belly and sliced around in there, then stapled it up and left me with a tube in my nose for half a week. It was probably a good idea nevertheless, but not a tempting advertisement for the endeavor.

Date: 2007-11-27 08:39 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] technoshaman.livejournal.com
yes, but [livejournal.com profile] cflute was saying your energy was much better for the experience... you seem to be recovering in some ways (particularly in your ability to get around without major owwies) pretty darn quickly...

Date: 2007-11-27 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocketnaomi.livejournal.com
I'm recovering pretty fast, yes; and I'm *not* in a fibro flare right now, which is a lot of what she's seeing in my energy and spirits. With luck I can stay out of one for a good while now that I've got out. I suspect having to be on major pain meds for several days running for other reasons managed to settle the fibro down a lot.

Date: 2007-11-27 08:40 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] technoshaman.livejournal.com
.... and, Universe willing, it's *fixed*, and I won't get anymore knocks on my door at 0330 in the am, at least not about that....

Date: 2007-11-27 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocketnaomi.livejournal.com
I sure hope so.

Date: 2007-11-27 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
The [livejournal.com profile] flower_cat's been there, too. It's not fun, but it beats being dead or in constant pain.

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