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
What an excellent post!
On Thu, 21 Nov 2002 18:58:46 +0000 Jim Cobabe <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> My regular diatribe on this question--
> Those of us who now need or have needed psychotrophic drugs for
> maintenance face serious enough challenges in life, without having
> 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
> talk denying that such unfair discrimination exists, anyone who has
> 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
> insulin that allows a diabetic to supplement the insufficient
> of his pancreas. There are any number of additional parallels. Yet
> sufferers from mental illness are still a special class of people in
> society, reserved for generally unwarranted special treatment, and
> generally unfavorable discrimination.
> Please never attempt to discourage anyone from taking the drugs that
> in the current array of defenses against mental illness. Many of
> drugs have unpleasant side effects that we would just as soon not
> to deal with. Even more important, we inflict the shame of stigma
> our own selves, and taking medicine for such an illness seems like
> admitting to yourself that you're something less than an worthy
> Yet these drugs might well help some of us make something hopeful
> worthwhile from a life that would otherwise languish and be wasted
> If you need such drugs, don't let anyone discourage you from taking
> as directed by your doctor. Always remember to take your pills on
> Remember too that we are not alone in bearing such burdens, and don't
> 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
> us get by.
> Mij Ebaboc
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