I was reading an article this morning about a new book that's out by singer Shawn Colvin which recounts her life of dealing with depression, anorexia, alcoholism, panic attacks, etc. In it, she talks about having dealt with these issues most of her life and it's supposedly not a "happily ever after" kind of story. She claims she's okay now but seems to attribute most of her current sense of well-being to her psycho-pharmacologist, who she says, "is smart and has a heart." Then she goes on to say, "She's fixed it. I mean: I'm good. I'm kind of bullet-proof."
Something about that bothers me. I'm glad she feels bullet-proof but that feeling seems to be built on whatever medications she's taking and I don't feel they're bullet-proof. Maybe I wouldn't question it if she were talking about an episode or two, but she's dealt with these issues for over 40 years.
I'm wondering what other people think about this. I haven't read the book, so I'm not an expert on what's in it, but this was the message of the article I read. It kind of bothers me that some people may believe that it's possible to become "bullet-proof" with medication. I'm not against meds, but in my experience, they've just been a tool to help me learn how to manage my life by keeping me more healthy than not.
Published On: July 25, 2012