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Old 02-19-2013, 11:02 AM   #36
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2006
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Re: depression, has practicing Aikido helped in any way?

I always wonder about the term "wean one self off" something. Weaning is, of course, the process by which a young animal ceases being dependent on its mother's milk and moves to an adult diet. Infancy is a developmental stage; weaning is a normal transition that is part of leaving the developmental stage of infancy behind. A medical condition is not a developmental stage. It may resolve itself at some point, or it may be with you always in some form. In either case, it's here now, and you need to live with it and manage it. Antidepressants may not always be necessary for that, but if you want to use the flawed analogy of "weaning" yourself off them, please remember that an infant is only weaned when it is able to accept a different diet and live a healthy and functional life.
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