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Thu Sep 20, 2012, 10:56 PM

are more psychiatrists becoming holistic ?

my cousin has been Effexor for 10 years and got off with a regular Dr's help.
it was ok until 2 month ago ahd she had been off it 2 months and the got hit with anxiety and depression.

She found a psychiatrist/psychologist. He thinks she should read a book "Unstuck" and do meditation, exercise and talk therapy instead of going back on the drugs.

It has only been a couple weeks but I'm worried about her.. she is so anxiety and depressed but she can still manage to go to work.

She is doing the guided meditation on CD.. from some book and CD a friend told her about. MIndful Meditation out of Depression.

Anyone every get off Effexor and used Medtation instead ?

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annm4peace Sep 2012 OP
elleng Sep 2012 #1
Denninmi Sep 2012 #3
elleng Sep 2012 #6
Denninmi Sep 2012 #2
mopinko Sep 2012 #4
annm4peace Sep 2012 #7
mopinko Sep 2012 #8
HereSince1628 Sep 2012 #5
momto3 Sep 2012 #9

Response to annm4peace (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 12:05 AM

1. No, I got off it 'cold turkey'

when I learned/recognized that cause of my depression was being under the thumb of a sociopath (my estranged husband.) Fortunate, I think.

Best to your cousin.

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 04:11 AM

3. Damn, I didn't know.

You have been so great to me, I never knew you had your own issues.

I will send all my best thoughts to you.

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:51 PM

6. Thanks, Den.

We ALL have issues, part of LIFE!

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Response to annm4peace (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 10:06 AM

4. why did they take her off the meds?

was there a problem, or was she just tired of taking pills, or....
and why wasn't she under a psychiatrist's care for this?
is he a psychiatrist or a psychologist? you don't usually see someone who is both. if he is a psychologist, he can't prescribe, so maybe he just has a bias to keep patients to himself or ?
yeah, i see a lot of red flags here. she should at least be getting something for that anxiety. and depression kills.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 11:06 PM

7. The Dr is a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist

He has a degree in both.

There are others Dr's that have both.

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Response to annm4peace (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 11:35 PM

8. a rare thing.

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Response to annm4peace (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 12:45 PM

5. Something in your post doesn't seem quite right, and it may be important to understanding...

Psychiatrists are MDs, they can prescribe medication, Pyschologists are usually PHDs although some Masters in Social Work with counseling credentials also function as therapists and are taken to be psychologists.

It might be useful to determine the actual credential of the person promoting medi-TATION over medi-CATION. If the person isn't really an MD the only things they can offer are going to be non pharmaceutical therapies.





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Response to annm4peace (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 06:20 AM

9. My psychiatrist is a mix.

I am on meds and he has never suggested that I stop taking them. But, he has also suggested many holistic type therapies for me to try also. If it helps, it can't be all bad.

I wold be concerned that the doc took her of her meds. Most of MI is due to chemical imbalances in the brain which are controlled, to a certain extent, by medications. I would try to get her to a different psychiatrist for a second opinion.

Good luck.

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