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Christina ~

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  1. see, heres the thing. My view on a higher power is that they can't possibly solve everything or else they'd be acccountable for everything. Like the holocaust. Honestly, you think having acne is bad????? what about terminal cancer and being a single parent? or living through the holocaust? my personal view is that if there is a higher power they are here to help us get through things not to magically make them better. if you think of it that way, you'll feel less like a victim. Its better t
  2. growing up my best friend had severe acne. She was on accutane in the late 80's early 90's when it was really really new and still a "trial medication". She was tormented by others but honestly? i never saw her as anything but my beautiful best friend in fact i often told her if she brought it up that i felt that her skin was no different than mine because thats the way i saw it. I had super mild acne and as far as i was concerned so did she. when you really care about someone you DO NOT see
  3. really good people try to sell their soul to the devil? No one is a good person, we all deserve much worse. i am sorry if this sounds mean, but i'm tired of people saying God abandoned them. God did not abandon you, you abandoned God because He didn't what you wanted him to do. i think you left your soapbox in your other pants
  4. YOU'RE STEALING MY SNARKY REMARKS! seriously tho. thats just awesome I said screw God and the Devil or whatever (i don't beleive in hell) a long time ago. i'm a buddist now. i'm much happier in that sense. of course i'm also mentally unstable, but buddha had nothing to do with that. genetics did. BAD GENES BAD GENES!
  5. absolutely, i'm a total control freak so if i'm not looking for non-existant pimples i'm checking to make sure every damn hair is in place. yes. i am aware this is neurotic.
  6. I know there is, i deal with the big bad stuff everyday. I still know how acne can still trump it all somedays, its a lack of control, its so visible like a big sign where normally people don't know how sick i am, the acne is an advertisement. i'm clear now but you can bet your ass i freak out over a pimple. Disco Stu don't advertise.
  7. it is depending on the person. If you had persistant mild acne into your 20's ya, its not as bad as cystic acne but it takes a toll on you over time and definetely causes stress and debilitating sense of self in many people.
  8. exactly! its all relative. It depends on the person, unless we're all robots programmed to respond with the appropriate emotion to every situation. its like theres no time table for grief or how to express grief. Why do some people not value the life of a beloved dog while others actually go in for grief counselling? why do some men/women remarry a year after the death of a spouse while others refuse to get over the loss for the rest of their lives? its all relative. Whats a small deal
  9. actually...i'm autistc (aspergers syndrome) with bipolar disorder and PTSD and endometriosis and acne actually will set off a series of events that make me really not care about the horrible situations you describe. sometimes, its the little things that cause the most damage. anyways, i just wanted to say something because i do stare at worst case scenarios daily and i would STILL live with them over acne because at least its something that i can hide if i need to or a doctor can try to fi
  10. Wynne is right, don't leave! when you reach social issues where there is a lot of heated opinions people can become very defensive, the problem is everybody has a piece of the puzzle, however after awhile most of the time we come to an understanding and often people who started out totally disagreeing will become friends. don't worry if someone goes off on you, it could be them venting, just like you may need to vent in future! as long as noone attacks you personally just think of it as someone
  11. also. WHAT WHAT WHAT? people blaming the OP for not doing research and trusting their doctor? people saying the doctor fucked up by giving antibiotics? okay seriously. some fucked up reasoning. it is NATURAL to trust a doctor thats what they're there for and often with acne its trial and error. and yes antibiotics are overperscribed but they DO often help with mild/moderate breakouts if a person is going through a particuarliy rough patch. Its not recommended for long term treatment but it
  12. well first talk to your derm, it could be that you need a longer course. Also it could be hormonal in which case you would benefit from (if you're female) b/c and spirolactone (those worked wonders to clear me up after yo-yo'ing with mino) perhaps you may need a stronger dose of mino or a supplemental topical? theres so many options don't sell yourself out as having failed yet!
  13. ^^^^ THIS wait until you have actual proof before you dig yourself a hole or you'll never be employed. Anywhere. trust me, self esteem is really important to getting a job anywhere you have to beleive in yourself. I've worked in retail with people who've had pretty severe acne, it NEVER ONCE stopped them from succeeding. its how you carry yourself, how you dress (clean, fashionably comfortable etc) that matters. perhaps tho instead of a clothing store, try some place like a gift s
  14. ^^^ this totally. I'm a big beleiver in cognitive therapy. Doctors are quick to dispense meds with no follow up the best case results are always meds + cognitive therapy. paxil will take aprox. 6 weeks to start really being effective. keep thinking positive and let your therapist know if anything goes too far that you can't feel you can handle it! :comfort: Well put. It's understandable for someone to get a mild outbreak, and have a panic attack. The best approach would be to
  15. is the paxil working for you? SSRI's stopped working for me years ago, now i just get crazy manic on them and not in a remotely fun way.
  16. I understand people will always be prone to it and many live with the genetic potential for a mental health condition inside them, whilst living as a completely mentally healthy person. The condition is set off by stress inside some people and as the media provides a constant source of stress, if we cut it, the number of mentally ill prone people who actually get ill may be reduced. I guess that's where we disagree. I don't think anorexia would cease to exist if we got rid of the media, but I th
  17. I agree with that. I wasn't trying to overlook individual perspective. I would never judge someone for having BDD. I'm not saying the illness is ridiculous, I'm saying humans in general are for fueling things like this. Anorexia's a good example, clearly comes straight from the media messages. Didn't exist in victorian times when it was fashionable to be fat! And I bet OCD is virtually non-existent in non-westernised societies... actually it isn't. OCD is a brain disfunction. Its found all
  18. I'm confused since I agree with everything you say. My reference to attention seeking was not specifically related to BDD or people with genuine problems. To see what I was referring to, please read LionQueens suicide thread - why the mods always close them. Sorry for any confusion. I'm genuinely trying to raise positive awareness of such conditions. i totally agree with your post as well. I just worry about when people say attention seeker threads it starts to make people worry they ca
  19. BDD is a form of an anxiety disorder, it is often linked with anorexia or with OCD. It is NOT an attention seeking disorder anymore than any of the other disorders which are clinical mental illnesses are. One common thread in OCD is the constant need for reassurance it can come in many forms, constantly asking the time, if the door was locked, or if hair is in place, is there any acne? the point being a person with the disease canno't properly process their own thoughts as real, five minutes
  20. instead of buying cosmetic products, perhaps you should treat this as a professional medical issue (i know it is regardless but sometimes if you get things via perscription it eases the minds of parents) if you can get a derm appointment your parents may be more inclined to see this as a serious issue worthy of consideration.
  21. anxiety IS an effect of accutane. please see link below. Please don't post up information that isn't well researched. http://biopsychiatry.com/serotonin/isotretinoin.html or read the article here. Depression Reflects A Genetic Trait: Serotonin Study New research has found that a drug used to treat severe forms of acne reduces the availability of the chemical serotonin, low levels of which have been linked to aggression and clinical depression. In a study published in the journa
  22. try having chronic depression for no fucking reason at all. seriously. talk it out with someone to work through it and be thankful you don't have to be on meds. you'll get through it. You'll meet someone new and soon enough you'll forget what this chicks name even was.
  23. i'm interested in giving it a try. if i do i'll let you know how it works for me!
  24. know that you are not alone. I am bipolar with anxiety and depression and i go through episodes like that on a pretty regular basis and i know how hard it is to go back to work after and get the looks etc. just know you're not alone. I've been there and if you need someone to talk to just PM me, beleive me there is nothing that would shock or surprise me so you can talk to me about anything. I've been hospitalized for mental health issues about 4 times in the last year and a half so i've been