Marcy S., age 48, North Carolina

I’ve been taking tranquilizers for a week now — and for several days had all sorts of uncomfortable side effects. They have subsided now and I think the pills are helping — I feel a sort of detachment and yet I’ve been able to relate more freely and with less self-consciousness to people this week.

But I still vacillate between feeling like a dependent, timid child and a mature adult —