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Bob K
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25 posted 01-07-2008 01:43 AM       View Profile for Bob K   Email Bob K   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bob K

If you personally don't need psychotropic medication, by all means, stay away from it.  Why mess with something that's going well?

     If you want to try other options instead of or before trying psychotropic medication, why wouldn't you?  Extra sunlight, decent but not excessive exercise, psychotherapy, religion, a healthy but not medically questionable diet, there are loads of other options.  For some people, apparently , especially those with certain health and age issues, electroshock can help depression better than some medications.  I'm not in favor, but research it on your own.

     If psychotropic medication doesn't work for you, it's quite possible you're on the wrong one, or are taking the wrong class of drug, or simply, what the heck, it's not the right treatment for you.  It can take a long time to run through the possibilities.  Don't confuse  what you expect from medicine with what you expect from God.  And even God, the way I understand it, says No a fair amount of the time.

     All any of us are at best are people trying to help each other.  A nice healthy skeptical attitude about folks who seem to have the answer seems a really good place to start, and then one step at a time as best you can, including drugs if that's what's needed.  Psychotherapy's nice.  Learning that failure isn't tragic is good, too.  Not getting dramatic is also fine.  Avoid people who think that have answers.  

     Start with me.  Yours, Bob K.
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26 posted 01-07-2008 02:11 AM       View Profile for Bob K   Email Bob K   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bob K

Also Ron is Smart.

Everybody has feelings all the time.  All sorts of feelings.  Some smiley-face feelings.  Some rip the guts out of bunnies feelings.  

We are not responsible for our feelings, according to David K. Reynolds, who writes entertainingly on Japanese approaches to psychotherapy.  They're like weather.  You're not responsible for rain or drought.

What you are responsible for, no matter how you're feeling, is what you do.  What matters is that you act well (and no I'm not foolish enough to try to define that for you.  If you have to ask you're either in need of basic childrearing or are trying to pick a fight.)  Odds are you'll feel better and more in control if you do.  (gramatically speaking, act responsibly rather than pick fights, darn it.)

Ron, if that's not what you meant to say, I'm sorry for the distortion.  It is, however, what I think.  

As with many of the things I think, I find it impossible to practice on my own, by the way, but it's a really  tough-minded approach to life; simpler to offer as advice than follow as a path.  

I remember while studying Aikido 30 years ago, I went to  sensei with a question about what I should do to control my weight.  "Don't eat," is what he said.  That's what I think, too.  I've gained a lot of weight since.  Regretfully, BobK.

    
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27 posted 01-07-2008 12:14 PM       View Profile for TomMark   Email TomMark   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TomMark

Dear Bob K,
"We are not responsible for our feelings"
I just love this comment. Do we all say that it is all his/her fault?

I know what you mean. It is all naturally ready built reactions.

TM
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28 posted 01-11-2008 07:45 AM       View Profile for JEZZ24   Email JEZZ24   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JEZZ24

I dont know if you can control your feelings as such but you can definately try... I suppose it depends if there is a reason why you feel the way you do.
Forcing a smiles seems to help or visiting a cheerfull friend.... even when you really dont want to.
Sometimes you just have kick yourself into positive thinking.
Of course like I said before it does depend on the circumstances of your feelings.
 
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