Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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"By the time I was 17," writes Brenda on the website Bipolar World, "I was a full-blown alcoholic and that's when the drugs came in. ...

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  1. Unfortunately, “individuals experiencing these disorders simultaneously ... have particular difficulty seeking and receiving diagnostic and treatment services, even though, separately, these disorders often are as treatable as other chronic illnesses.”
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  2. Hi! I began my "head issues" journey with a diagnosis of chronic depression in the early 90s, with a prescription for a drug called Sarafem (which I understood to be a packaging of the same drug as Prozac--right or wrong?). I never experienced what one might call great results from any SSRI, and I have since drug-hopped more times than I can count. I am currently off all psych. drugs but experiencing a major depression. I am also an AA member since July 2009. I have not had any alcohol since then, but a major funk this spring led me to chugalug a liquid cold medicine (OTC) with diphenhydramine, desperately hoping for respite and nepenthe, or at least lethe. I stopped this after having a lot of trouble waking up after a particulaly big swig.
    I have never been able to control my drinking, always more than I "wanted to", followed by remorse and self-loathing that set me on a vicious cycle. I can't say that I ever really consciously drank "to feel better", because I never felt better when I drank! I was always still basically unhappy.
    What intrigues me is how many of the traits of the "borderline personality" I recognized. Also, the AA big book contains many descriptions of alcoholic thinking that match the list on many points. By the way, my current diagnosis is Axis 1 major depression. I experience a lot of anxiety but that has been dropped thid time around, maybe because I get very messed up on benzos?
    I guess what I'm seeing right now is how complex and interrelated all this is. Maybe no single diagnostic tag can describe any human being's difficulties. (I feel a shock wave from shivering psychiatrists.) Nor can any one modality alleviate all my problems (this wave from many of my AA buddies). Thanks and keep up the good work!