About Me: Female, Seattle/Tacoma area, WA, member since Aug 2007
After suffering on and off from depression for over 25 years and then later in life panic and anxiety, and not always finding adequate answers from doctors, I decided to educate myself and learn all that I can about medication, treatment, prevention and relief. Over the
[More] years I have seen and talked with many types of family doctors and mental health professionals and I realize it is absolutely necessary to work with them in order to treat these afflictions properly, but I also believe that patients need to be informed as well.
I am here to offer advice on what I have learned, share my opinions, and share my own life experiences because I believe it is beneficial and therapeutic to be able to communicate with peers that have similar issues and have experienced similar things in life.
However, with this said I in no way believe that a non-trained individual should ever take the place of a doctor and I always recommend that you talk with the right type of medical professional for the individual issues you feel you are dealing with.
I am also interested in learning about Alzheimer's disease and dementia because my mother is slowly dying from this right now and everyone is basically helpless and unable to do anything to help her. I hope there is a cure one day or at least a way to prevent it in the first place because unless you have personally been a part of this disease in some way you will never realize how long and torturous this disease can be.
Interests: Depression, anxiety, nutrition and fitness, Alzheimer's.
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