The Unrepentant Individual

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December 28, 2004


Medication is NOT the solution

I am fed up. Everyone wants to worry about the cost of their prozac prescription for their anxiety, their lipitor for their cholesterol, and the plavix for their heart problems. In the future, I expect they’ll start complaining about the cost of their obesity medications.

Really, what the hell happened to us? I know I’m out of shape and gaining weight. So that means I need to adjust my diet and start doing some exercise. Once I have that down, will I have cholesterol or heart problems? Nope. If I had anxiety problems, isn’t exercise one of the best ways to reduce the stress that may exacerbate those problems? Yep. And if exercise doesn’t do it, get some counseling. Medication is a temporary crutch for anxiety, not a solution.

I know it may sound harsh, but people need to get real. Life is hard. Resisting that piece of cake is hard. Getting up early for a run is hard. Finding effective ways to cope with stress is hard. In the long run, though, it’s the best option available.

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8 Comments

  1. But it is the American way (actually, it has become) to seek the easy way out of everything. What you are asking everyone to do is something that is foreign to many individuals in our society. Individuals that have taken for granted everything that our nation was found on. Could it be that we (as a society) will actually fess up to the fact that we are the makers of our own demise and seek to rectify the situations in which we find ourselves. We could accept the fact that we have no self-control and work (HARD) to correct that human fault . . . but that requires a lot, so let me pop a pill instead . . DO YOU WANT ONE?

    Comment by IMnotSocrates — December 28, 2004 @ 8:35 pm
  2. while I agree MANY americans are too lazy to exercise and eat right… I do know some people who exercise, eats minimal, still requires to take cholesterol medication at the end of day. In fact, you’ll likely find lots of retired folks depending on thes costly medications.

    I guess we have two issues at hand here:
    1. cost of medication raising? is it at an acceptable rate?
    2. obsesity in America? We are too lazy to exercise and eat right.

    Comment by oldfriend4 — December 31, 2004 @ 11:07 am
  3. I disagree wholeheartedly.

    You are absolutely wrong when you say “will I have cholesterol or heart problems? Nope”. You neglect the fact that 1/2 of cholesterol is related to GENES. My doctor told me, and I quote “you could be eating fried chicken every day, weigh 350 lbs, and you would still have to take lipitor the rest of your life”. Yes, I take lipitor. Prior to starting the medication, my cholesterol count was 395. Yes, you read that correctly. It is now 180. Yes, I am overweight, but it has not effected my cholesterol levels, it has actually gone down while my weight has gone up in the past few years.

    I also take blood pressure medication. Medication that I started to take while I was in good shape, playing basketball 7 days a week, and at a good weight. Again, GENES.

    I have awful genes in my family. Too many heart attacks to count, all on my father’s side.

    I was at the Dr. yesterday, coincidentally, and she said, “you got a raw deal with your genes, but you have to make do”.

    You really touched on everything in this post. Speaking of stress medication…

    Guess what? I take that too.
    Paxil. 1/2 a pill a day. Counseling? Exercise? Doesn’t cut it for the majority of us on it. I am a stressful person, always thinking, always impatient. Just grew up that way. Lost 25 lbs leading up to my high school prom because I was nervous about it. Used to get migraines in junior high from stress. Developed countless habits with nervous anxiety. When I was younger, I thought I had Tourette’s.

    Just got back from a run, but I still won’t get much sleep tonight because I am thinking about the condo I am trying to close on. You see, for some people it isn’t as easy as a little counseling or exercise. And I bet you are suprised to find out that I take an anti-anxiety medication.

    Stick to politics.

    Comment by Wilson — January 5, 2005 @ 2:40 pm
  4. Wilson…

    I gotta admit I’m a little surprised… I thought the only anti-anxiety meds you took were alcohol ;-)

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — January 5, 2005 @ 2:45 pm
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