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 ________________________________________________________________ Sign Up for Juno Platinum Internet Access Today Only $9.95 per month! Visit www.juno.com ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^================================================================ This email was sent to: email@example.com EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^================================================================