In a message dated 9/28/02 2:38:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time, [log in to unmask]

> _, for mental illness is not like a broken arm, or even a case
> of TB, for each case is a constant interplay between "it" and the
> responses of those around, the whole life history of the sufferer.

I don't agree with you about Psychiatry being no better today than in the
1920's.  I think it has significantly advanced; however, treatment is
expensive and not covered or covered only minimally by most health plans, and
of course, some people who can afford treatment don't choose to seek it for a
variety of reasons.  During my life, I have had a couple of friends who had
similar symptoms as yours, a panic type anxiety.  I hope that you have been
tested for hypoglycemia, for hypoglycemia can cause panic type anxiety and a
change of diet would then alleviate much or all of the problem.  If
hypoglycemia isn't the problem, as it wasn't with one of my friends, then I
would suggest therapy combined with a light anti-anxiety drug to take the
edge off.    My friend went this route.  She was diagnosed as being
borderline bi-polar.  To this day, she takes a low dose of the drug,
Depakote, daily, but no other drugs, and she is, fortunately, almost totally
free of her anxiety.  In any event, dental problems make lots of people