by Cynthia M. Braden, MFT
You cannot watch television or open a magazine without being bombarded with constant messages about diseases you probably have, but didn't even know existed, and the drugs you must talk to your doctor about to make them go away.
And the diseases are rampant and sneaky, and we are scared of them: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, zika, ebola, restless leg, dry eye. Whatever disease you have requires expensive, and apparently risky medications and vaccines because they warn you in a comically rapid-fire lecture at the end of the commercial as if you could understand or remember any of that.
Yet for the remedies, the number one side effect always seems to be mental disturbance and nausea followed by a stream of terrible side effects. Take this drug it will help you, but first please know the side effects which are mental disturbance, nausea, fainting, suicide and death. How is it that I need to take medications to treat me where the number one side effect always seems to be mental disturbance followed by a stream of awful consequences? Continual bombardment with these kinds of messages creates a very confusing time indeed.
When you become ill or down, and not working in optimum capacity, it's good to ask, "What could be the positive purpose of this illness?"
The most likely reason is often exhaustion and unremitting stress and the only way to get relief is by being ill or having a 'condition'. Maybe being ill or having a 'condition' allows someone to to receive love caring or rest when they don't know how to ask for or receive it.
These are the real issues that pharmaceutical interventions are not going to fix.
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