Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I'm Firing Elvis

It's true. Time to can my psychiatrist. We gave it a go, we had some laughs, and I spent a lot of money on the relationship - but it's just not working out for me.

I'll spare my beloved readers the sordid (read: boring) details of the breakup, but suffice to say I will no longer be taking any prescription medication.

So... in the grand tradition of all the other wackos out there who "graduate themselves" from therapy, I went online to try to find another solution. At the lovely Amazon.com, I ordered a copy of Potatoes Not Prozac, having heard about it years ago on a mothering website I used to be a part of. Then, thanks to Amazon's clever marketing, I went ahead and ordered Suicide by Sugar and Sugar Blues as well.






Even if it's a longshot, this is in an effort to be proactive and find something that works for me. I ordered the three books above, plus one on running to get me going again, and I'm still coming in cheaper than one visit to Elvis (who I posted about back here). Note: Elvis did eventually prescribe a total of three medications, all of which I tried for many months.

I fully expect this to revolutionize my life, and I will turn into one of those extremists who goes on an on about my own life changes and insists everyone else do the same. I will rename my blog "Sugar Sucks" and while I will no longer be prone to anger and moodiness, those will be replaced with narrow-minded nutritional nonsense and a teeny bit of arrogance. Plus, there's always the slight chance that, failing to live up to my new ideals, I'll revert to my practices as a preschooler when my parents found a shoebox of sugar under my bed.*








*Totally not kidding. This may really explain some of my problems!

4 comments:

Diva Mom Vicki said...

Elvis has left... sorry, couldn't resist!

HEY, seeing your post in my reader reminded me that I wanted to get the info on the May weekend retreat - can you email or post the basics? Are you going again? I'd really like to try and go this year!

littlecbsmom said...

That is too funny! I am anxious to hear how your new research goes! Hopefully your friends and readers can stop you from becoming to extreme...keep us posted!

Laura said...

I want to borrow all those books when you're done with them! I've been thinking about trying to give up my addiction to sugar, not sure if I'm ready. I have been thinking I need a trip to the counseling office, I figure sometimes it's just easier to pay someone to listen to me than dump on the ones I love, but I kinda like your point! :)

Vicki R. said...

From one former Prozac user to another - congrats on the graduation!

I graduated myself after one year of being on the meds & 1 year of counseling (not a pychiatrist, though). My counseling ended with bad closure - I was really bummed the way it all happened. But I'm thankful I haven't felt a huge need to go back to the meds.

I'd love to hear your take on the sugar books - not sure what my deal is these days, lack of exercise, general mommy blues or what - but it's the closest I've come since way back when to needing to be proactive in getting help for my anger & mood swings.