Fibromyalgia sucks. Not only do I hurt and feel like I’ve lost 25 IQ points but I get stuck dealing with people who give me crackpot advice on health, trying to sell me on pseudoscience claims and homeopathy. I wish it were that easy but I trust evidence-based medicine.
Alternative treatments that can be proven to work are called medicine. I take medical advice that comes from board certified physicians who rely on information posited by scientists published in peer-reviewed, scientific journals. It’s inappropriate for people who read articles on the internet or heard about a friend of a friend going into remission to encourage me to abandon any medical intervention for colloidal silver or tea tree oil.
I so agree. While I do not have fibromyalgia, I do have depression and anxiety issues. Recently, a colleague tried to help me keep up motivation to get various work done. The advice was to identify something I find rewarding and only let myself have it after getting something done. I had no response other than congratulating them for their soon to be received Nobel Prize in Psychology (Yes, I know there is no such prize).
That was really irritating due to the respect I held for that person, but the random suggestions that dive into pseudoscience are just as annoying. One person on a message board kept trying to get me to take these homeopathic flower extracts to cure my depression. She assured me that they were a “permanent cure.” Her evidence was that her nephew’s ADHD had been cured. Whenever he felt he was losing attention, he told his mom to give him another dose. Apparently, the definition of permanent also gets diluted with homeopathy.
Then there is the problem of poor scientific understanding that is a mix of poor media reporting and relative inexperience in appropriate, scientific critical thinking. Yes, new studies have shown that antidepressants are not as effective as first thought. Did you not read that those studies look at a broader range of severity of depression or that the findings for severe depressive cases are still as strong? No, I’m not going to give up medications that have helped me despite the “facts” you found on an anti-psychiatry website.
Maybe you should try meditation? Yes, there are some studies showing that mindfulness practices like meditation can be helpful for some depression cases. However, it does not mean that all meditative practices are helpful. Moreover, studies have also found that it is potentially harmful for certain individuals due to certain factors of their cognitive nature (I for one can easily enter hyperfocus when meditating to the point I feel trapped and panic. Even if I avoid that, meditation is less restful for me than other exercises).
I understand that people are trying to help, especially if said people are friends or family. I try to be kind in rejecting their offers, but it gets really grating when I’ve heard the suggestion fifty times already, have already explored it with my therapist, and found it to be not only not helpful but detrimental. These people tend to get huffy or surly for my not thanking them for the solution to all my ailments, so that means I get extra added to my depression and anxiety. Oh joy!
And yes, I’ve seen the Hyperbole and a Halfwebcomics on depression.
What if colleges only made you pay the percentage of tuition that you failed, so if you got an average of 86 for the year you’d only have to pay 14% of the tuition, but if you got a 94 then it’d only be 6%. That way we’d be rewarding the success and even if you flunked the semester, you still wouldn’t have to pay for ALL of the tuition
You are the future.
And those instructors who suddenly saw their incomes disappear would be motivated to give you any points why?