I am of the opinion that as the physical maladies are helped by medications, so there can be maladies of the brain's chemical make-up or transmission of messages or whatever, that are helped by medications. If the brain is not functioning as it ought, one has symptoms (depression, volatile behavior, bipolar, etc). We (as "the medical field" in general) are so much more tuned in to the physical symptoms denoting physical illness, than to the subtle behavioral and mood symptoms that may denote malfunctions of the brain. I am a neophyte on this subject but my interest has been stirred by reading about ADD/ADHD, and by the writings and research done by Dr. Daniel Amen (www.amenclinic.com
), as well as others (another poster in a ADD/ADHD thread mentioned an opponent of ritalin, etc meds for most ADD'ers -- WITH a GREATLY modified school curriculum, one that, unfortunately, I cannot see happening until pigs fly). E.g.: Behavior mod is good if the pt is receptive, but if the messages have trouble getting through to the proper area of the brain, you're not gonna see substantial results. Some patients have trouble filtering out the necessary from the unneccesary sensory bombardment: they hear, see, feel EVERYTHING and try to process it all at once = sensory overload!! Most of us can be selective about what we pay attention to, they cannot. PT has a whole area of expertise in this area of Sensory Integration Deficit, and therapies to improve one's filtering abilities (yes, Physical Therapy! I was amazed to learn of it).
There is so much we don't know about the brain and its functioning. The older I get, and the more fantastic things I hear about, the more I am convinced that medicine as we know it DOES NOT have all the answers (it tries real hard), and I am open to possibilities of treatment from other sources. I need to really research and study these alternative treatments, tho', as there are snake-oil types out there too! People are all so different, what works for one person may not work for someone else . . .
Hmm, here we are diverging from the original post, and me gettingdiarrhea of the mouth again. . . See ya! -- Diana