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Date Posted: 14:04:48 12/06/04 Mon
Author: Anonymous
Subject: Elaboration on medical treatment of mental illness
In reply to: Mike K. 's message, "Biblical application of Medicine" on 03:10:42 12/06/04 Mon


I appreciate the scriptures you point out and agree with the opinions you expressed. I just wanted to elaborate on one thing.

>So, go to a doctor, and let them prescribe you some
>medicine and if it helps you, stick to it.

The process is usually more complicated than this. First, you have to get an accurate diagnosis. Unless you have all aspects of the illness diagnosed properly, the treatment cannot be fully effective. This can be difficult. For instance, many people appear to have anxiety and depression. But after years of mixed results with treatment they learn that they are actually bipolar.

Also, you have to find a good psychiatrist and therapist. These are hard to come by. It may take a year or two to find a good match.

Then, you have to try out different medications. It usually takes six months to a year of testing before the appropriate combination is found.

Lastly and above all, you have to do the work! Recovering from mental illness requires you to examine and retrain your thought patterns. This is called cognitive behavioral therapy.

The road to recovery from mental illness is a very hard road to follow, but it is definitely worth it.

-- Anonymous ex-UBFer

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