What Does Treatment-Resistant Really Mean?

Therese J. Borchard

healthtap.comIn his book “Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics,” author Ziad K. Abdelnour writes, “One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.”

I face that decision every day.

Twenty times a day.

Several times an hour.

That one line contains the kernel of so much of my struggle, which is why I pray the Serenity Prayer every five minutes or so:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

We have this conversation often on Group Beyond Blue, the online forum I moderate. Someone asked the other day, “How do you know the difference between being treatment resistant and just not trying hard enough?”

The short answer is that you don’t.

As I…

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  السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

The heart's medicine Photo credit: http://islamicinspirationdirectory.com/2013/04/25/remembrance-allah-medicine-heart/ The heart’s medicine
Photo credit: http://islamicinspirationdirectory.com/2013/04/25/remembrance-allah-medicine-heart/

I saw the dust on the mirror

only a dot.

That was okay,

I did not clean it.

One month later……

I see the mirror again,

O ..No!!!

It is covered by the dust all.

I cannot see my face on it.


What about my heart?

Is it covered by the dust too??!!

How could I get Allah’s light?

ودواء  قلب خمسة فتلاوة، بتدبر  المعني  وللبطن  الخلا  وقيام  ليل  والتضرع  بالسحر  ومجالسة الصالحين  الفضلا

امام نواوي 1983


Yahya Ibn Mu’aadh said, the medicine of heart is five things;

  1. Reading Quran and pondering the meaning,
  2. Having an empty stomach,
  3. Praying at night (Qiyaam al-layl),
  4. Beseeching Allah at the time of suhoor, and
  5. keeping company with the righteous people.

I am struggling to clean the dust in my heart.

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