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Sufferer Beware!!! (the heck with “Buyer”)

With all of the aggravation we’re knee deep in, why in the heck do we have to sift through so many products and services that are nothing more than cash-depleting teases?

I was chatting on the phone yesterday with a new chipur client and we got to talking about all of the “miracle-cure” products and services he’s invested in over the years – which have done pretty much nothing for him. Actually, we shared a bit of a chuckle over it. Now, I’m not going to name names, exposing myself to a lawsuit, but we’ve all seen them on the web and elsewhere…

  • Bummed-No-More
  • The 497.249 Day OCD Cure
  • Mania-Shmania
  • Mood Food
  • Stress-Detest

(okay, so I made those up)

What a disservice the purveyors of such garbage lay on us. It’s absolutely disrespectful and insulting. Actually, it’s beyond that because the hucksters do their level best to take advantage of some very vulnerable people who can’t really be blamed for desperately seeking anything that may bring a measure of relief.

Now, yes – I do what I can to generate a little revenue from chipur, which I very openly discuss in my blog disclosure (which, by the way, is now mandated by the FTC). But would I ever attempt to weasel a few bucks from chipur readers and clients by offering a product or service I know is a sham? No can do.

I’m going to make an announcement that may drive volumes of people from chipur…

There are no cures for depression, bipolarity, and the anxiety disorders!

Well, let me qualify that statement. I suppose you could make a case that a cure exists for situational (exogenous) presentations if the triggering circumstances were resolved and all was back to “normal.”

Still – the bottom-line is, there are no cures!

But can’t you see – we can live with that morsel of reality, because once we accept it we’re driven to find legitimate and effective ways to self-manage.

News flash! There’s no cure for diabetes either. This past Saturday, I took my teenage daughter and her friend to the mall. Several hours later I got the call to pick them up, and we dropped-off her friend at her house on the way home. Wanna’ know why she didn’t stay on with us? She had to administer her insulin injection.

This young lady has a medical condition to which there’s no saying good-bye. And she doesn’t hop onto the Internet to look for miracle-cures, although the scam artists are there, because she knows they don’t exist. Instead, she self-manages by making the right medical and lifestyle decisions; and moves on with her life.

Listen, I’m not trying to be discouraging by saying things like, “There’s no cure.” I’m just being realistic and doing all I can to make you aware of the fact that there are so many products and services out there that are nothing but frauds. I just want you to be careful, that’s all.

So how ’bout this the next time you see something that knocks your eyeballs out…

  • If something sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.
  • Do plenty of research.
  • Run it by your psychiatrist and/or therapist.
  • Hit a few online forums
  • Bring it to chipur and/or write me directly

So what do you think? We need all of the advice we can get. How ’bout some comments?

  • Diana

    Dammit!!! Wouldn’t it be nice if there were??? I have finally come to the realization that this isn’t going to miracously go away…..but with continous action my life can be meaningful! Though there is a part of me that wants to still hope that someday it might all be figured out…..though the one thing we can all do is help the younger generation start working on productive ways….as opposed to say escaping realiity….to cope and to begin the journey that has taken many of us years to start…..hmmm….maybe a calling for me???

    • Sounds like it just may be a calling, indeed. And I have absolutely no doubt our lives can be highly meaningful, in spite of our assorted pathologies. How huge it is to allow our wisdom to be of assistance to those who succeed us. I made the decision quite some time ago to do all I can to be there for my teenagers – even as one is getting ready to leave the nest for college. Yes, I want to continue to grow and mature, but I also very much want to live and hold candles for my children.

    • Good to hear from you, Diana.