The extraordinary range of after effects from meningitis are for some of us far more difficult to cope with and accept than the initial onset of the illness itself. When the promised recovery of 'a few weeks' fails to materialise and when these weeks turn into months and we are still suffering from some very troubling and debilitating symptoms we eventually get to see a neurologist for an examination and assessment. Being fair to neurologists it is in most cases virtually impossible for them to hazard a guess as to what is still causing these symptoms. Patients who are suffering in this way who are unable to resume their normal lives are naturally going to be very anxious about what the future holds. It goes without saying that some form of depression will take hold eventually particularly when the medical profession cannot supply any answers. And so here we have it! The answer all neurologists are looking for. Anxiety and depression is our problem and this is what is inhibiting our recovery; it's all in our heads! Their answer is to prescribe a standard selection of psychotropic drugs. Although they won't cure the lingering after effects the idea seems to be that they will make us so relaxed and spaced out that we'll no longer worry so much thus leaving the neurologists free to concentrate on 'more serious' cases.