Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Current Conundrum
It makes as much sense to prescribe antidepressants for ME as to prescribe them for Parkinson's or polio. In fact, antidepressants may worsen our condition. Yet there is a mainstream medical assumption that it would be of value for us to be under psychiatric treatment and on psych meds, and we must show that we're receiving treatment to qualify for disability benefits. And if we don't receive the minimal benefits to which we would be entitled (based on my fairly low lifetime earnings) how are we to find a place to live and finance the complete rest and healthful diet we actually need if we're to hope for improvement? In pain and brain fog, I can only hope that I can work through the system, educate the doctors, struggle, juggle, and, as prescribed, avoid stress.