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Getting help when depressed or anxious

Updated on August 2, 2012

I was reading a hub titled Warning About Diagnosis by Lita P, and it brought up some thoughts for me. What usually happens when a person is feeling depressed, anxious, paranoid, moody and goes to see a psychiatrist? Usually they get put on a medication or medications which tend to numb those feeling or anethasize them and they feel "cloudy".

This is sort of what happened to me. I was an ordinary teenager, going through changes, and because I saw a few symptoms in a NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) magazine, I figured I needed help. Well, maybe I just needed therapy or counseling. I was basically under alot of stress, but I guess I'll never know.

Anyways, I do believe in trying talk therapy first- talking out why you feel depressed and things like that. Even CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- or the procedure of changing negative thoughts into positive thoughts- and so is DBT- dialectial behavioral therapy? They are both therapies that help change the way we think.

Dr. Peter Breggin, is an amazing psychiatrist but he doesn't prescribe medication. He has put out almost 2 dozen books, some of which I've looked at such as TOXIC PSYCHIATRY, YOUR DRUG MAY BE YOUR PROBLEM, MEDICATION MADNESS, etc. He talks about when he was very young and first starting out in his profession about how he and some classmates would visit a hospital or asylum and talk to the patients. At that time, they were sort of ignored and just left there to exist.

Peter Breggin began showing them some attention and noticing good results. (Sometimes humans really just need to be shown love- that others care.) He said he brought in some makeup and nice things for the women and eventually they were able to go home. Imagine! Wow. Dr. Peter Breggin is a rare person and a rare psychiatrist. He is one of the few doctors in mental health that I know of publicly who do not prescribe medicine, though there are many people who believe and are aware of this, and it's an interesting concept.

Do we need medication?

I think we should find out first. Maybe all we do need is talk therapy, some understanding or a peaceful break/place to live like a respite in a house where you "rest" and relax and get away for a week or two. Maybe you are in an abusive environment and you need to move or get a safe place to stay. If you are a young person under 18, this could be complicated. There are group homes for young teenagers with "problems" and many of them are not on medications. I believe it takes a doctor or therapist to get you on that path.

What else? Well, in some cases, maybe people do need to take medication, I mean they could be suffering so intensely from childhood abuse or trauma, they may need something to "calm them" until they get though it all in therapy.

These things should be taken into consideration and people/patients should NOT be put on pills inevitably. Be aware and be careful. Also some medications have bad side effects. Make sure YOU find about them (like online) for yourself--you doctor may not tell you everything. Sadly I was not told Seroquel causes diabetes and high cholesterol and I have now high cholesterol not to mention alot of weight gain. These psych meds can cause more problems which involve your health.

New Medications

There are new medications that have fewer side effects and work better. The only one I know of right now is Lamictal which is used for bipolar. There is a list here which may help, make sure you look up the side effects of each one. Usually what will happen is your doctor will suggest a medication and then you look it up (research it online) to make sure you are ok with it. This is the wise thing to do, sorry to say, not all psychiatrists are looking out for you...

Here's to your success!

Now that you have some good information, put it to use. Often putting off getting help only hurts YOU. Also, become aware of these illnesses if you have loved ones who are sick. It's only fair--you would want them to be aware and help you if you had cancer or something serious, so be there for them.

Get help if you are feeling confused, paranoid, depressed, etc.
Get help if you are feeling confused, paranoid, depressed, etc.


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    • schoolgirlforreal profile image

      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago

      Hi dkm27,

      Right. A combo of all is the usual and most recommended. Thank you for your comment. I was rereading this today and one little proof of how medication can make you suicidal: I was detoxing off of lithium a month ago, and I woke up with no emotion (had never happened before in my life) and told staff there I wanted it all to end. I didn't care anymore. I was done with all the bs. Well, of course we, staff and I decided to make it thru the night and I did. I made a conscious descision of my own, that I was going to keep trying and today, about 4 weeks later I'm off lithium and feeling very well. Lithium numbed my senses amoung many other side effects which I discuss in my hub

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      dkm27 6 years ago from Chicago

      One form of therapy does not fit all. Medication works beautifully for some, while others benefit from Cognitive Therapy. Some do well with weekly visits to a therapist. One has to try several methods (gets expensive) before the right one is located. You gave us a lot to think about. Very insightful hub. Thank you.

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      schoolgirlforreal 7 years ago

      Thanks lorlie6,

      your testimony is just that, a testimony which helps to endorse what I wrote and may help those who are new to this.

      Thankyou for the compliment, I appreciate it, helping others or giving back I think is important and self-satisfying :) I have found Lamictal to be great as well and Effexor I have not tried.

      I'm sure you are very thankful to finally feel peace, which is what we are all aiming for.

      I am going to start reading Toxic Psychiatry, and taking things one day at a time.

      Take care and thax!

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      You've written a very informative yet quite personal Hub that anyone struggling with mental issues should definitely read, SGFR.

      I've been in the mental health system my entire life-beginning when I was 4, and was finally diagnosed accurately at the age of 53. It has been a long and painful journey, but now I am enjoying stability as never before. Lamictal has been a life-saver, as has Effexor. I am finally able to live my life in peace.

      Thank you for a great read!

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      schoolgirlforreal 7 years ago


      You've provided a wealth of info in your comment. I'm glad, there are many views and important things consider regarding all this. I myself like you am on meds and do talk therapy both. I am doing pretty well and Lamictal is a God send! Thanks very much!

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      Lambservant 7 years ago

      I think it's always best to start witht talk therapy. If they are good and experienced practitioners, they will refer you to a dr to see about medication if they think it is something that could be used in addition. For illnesses such as bipolar and schizophrenia, these disorders are caused by biological problems in the brain. So therapy will not do it all without medication. But I think for those types of disorders, doing one without the other is incomplete. Talk therapy can be crucial in having an objective ear to listen from someone who is a professional and can help you learn to manage your symptoms and behaviors and ways of thinking.

      There is a lot of controversy out there about psychiatric medications. Who knows. I know for me, it is essential that I have my medication. But to really know how to be productive and successful in leading a quality life, therapy sure has been the greatest help.

      BTW, Lamictal is an excellent medication with few sideeffects. If you look at any medication list for possible side effects, you wouldn't take an aspirin. And each medication works differently for each person.

      Good hub.

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      schoolgirlforreal 7 years ago

      I'm overwhelmed with all the great comments you all left! Thankyou!!!

      @Kasmir-yes, thankyou for your comment :)

      @ Kelly

      I LOVE Peter Breggin! thanks very much!


      Thankyou for sharing and giving me the idea for this !

      Ladyface- glad to share, happy you enjoyed it. Yes, that is a Terrible thing but true. Thank you much for coming by.

      Thankyou again! 6 comments in one day ..yay!! This is good exposure. Cheers and keep up the good work and research, between the bunch of us we'll keep learning :-) SGFR!

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      Lita P. 7 years ago from Chicago/ Midwest

      Hey everybody, look what I found on Google.

      Experts Sound New Warning Over Diagnostic and Statistical Manual ...That's the grim warning from .... Find it here:

      Thank you.

      Lita P.

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      L a d y f a c e 7 years ago from Canada

      The pharm site you posted says this in one med:

      There has been a long-standing concern that antidepressants may have a role in inducing worsening of depression and the emergence of suicidality in certain patients. Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in short-term studies in children and adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders.

      You have opened my eyes to a whole new perspective, schoolgirlforreal.

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      L a d y f a c e 7 years ago from Canada

      This is a great article - so much useful information. Breggin sounds very interesting, I wish there were more like him. I got sucked in and spent the last 30 minutes on that Medication Pharm. site. Thank you for sharing all of this!

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      Lita P. 7 years ago from Chicago/ Midwest

      Thank you for telling me about Dr. Breggin. I agree with him. I reviewed this book on

      Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

      by Robert Whitaker

      It tells a horrific story about destroyed lives.

      Lita P.

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      Kelly347 7 years ago

      I enjoyed your article & learning about Breggin- amazing what showing a person some kindness and love can do!

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      SGFR,I think you are right on track for your first step in trying talk therapy first, who knows maybe that will be all you will need.