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Old 02-19-2013, 12:34 PM   #37
Janet Rosen
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Re: depression, has practicing Aikido helped in any way?

Mary, very good post.
From a physiological point of view there are a few classes of meds that require a planned taper to come off of (two classes that come to mind are corticosteroids like prednisone, because the adrenal glands shut down production while on large doses and need time to respond to incremental decreases by slowly ramping up output, and opiates, which create physical dependence over longterm use and are most safely and comfortably stopped by taper - here talking not of addiction but simple physical dependence).
Most meds, yep, you take them or you don't. Sometimes a decreased dosage may provide therapeutic response, but just taking a subtherapeutic dose is a waste of money and leaves one open to risks of side effects without garnering a benefit.

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