Jim,

I just read your post to my wife and she told me to tell you that you are
her hero and she has a crush on you now! She studies mental illness very
seriously.

What an excellent post!

Paul O


On Thu, 21 Nov 2002 18:58:46 +0000 Jim Cobabe <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
writes:
> 
> My regular diatribe on this question--
> 
> Those of us who now need or have needed psychotrophic drugs for 
> personal 
> maintenance face serious enough challenges in life, without having 
> to 
> contend with unqualified people who presume to know all about our 
> illnesses and afflictions.  And sadly, there is no end to the stigma 
> 
> attached to any manifestation of mental illness.  In spite of all 
> the 
> talk denying that such unfair discrimination exists, anyone who has 
> been 
> there has probably found himself more tightly restrained than by any 
> 
> strong guys in white coats, strait jackets, or padded rooms.
> 
> When we need drugs to sustain our lives, a chemical that restores 
> balance to the physical function of the brain is not different from 
> the 
> insulin that allows a diabetic to supplement the insufficient 
> function 
> of his pancreas.  There are any number of additional parallels.  Yet 
> 
> sufferers from mental illness are still a special class of people in 
> our 
> society, reserved for generally unwarranted special treatment, and 
> generally unfavorable discrimination.
> 
> Please never attempt to discourage anyone from taking the drugs that 
> are 
> in the current array of defenses against mental illness.  Many of 
> these 
> drugs have unpleasant side effects that we would just as soon not 
> have 
> to deal with.  Even more important, we inflict the shame of stigma 
> upon 
> our own selves, and taking medicine for such an illness seems like 
> admitting to yourself that you're something less than an worthy 
> person.  
> Yet these drugs might well help some of us make something hopeful 
> and 
> worthwhile from a life that would otherwise languish and be wasted 
> in 
> despair.
> 
> If you need such drugs, don't let anyone discourage you from taking 
> them 
> as directed by your doctor.  Always remember to take your pills on 
> schedule.
> 
> Remember too that we are not alone in bearing such burdens, and don't 
> be 
> discouraged by the idle talk of people that don't understand your 
> problems.  We do what we must to survive, and face another day.  To 
> 
> endure to the end is our mission.  Even if it takes a few pills to 
> help 
> us get by.
> 
> ---
> Mij Ebaboc

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