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Discussion in 'Therapy and Medication' started by DoubledStratum, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. DoubledStratum

    DoubledStratum Well-Known Member

    It has been reccomened on my first counselling session to consider anti-depressant medicines. I have been given a week to make up my mind whether I want to change the way my brain has worked for the last 4 years. And though I am thoroughly miserable, I am powerful. I can see things others don't and I have a great affinity for philosophy...

    I like my mindset. There's nothing wrong with that. It's my lack of talent I hate. I don't want to become something that will make me hate myself even more.

    What should I do, those who have gone before me? :unsure:
  2. Ignored

    Ignored Staff Alumni

    I would say it's up to you. There is a tendency to over prescribe in my opinion cos it's the easiest thing to do. If you are functioning, not likely to harm yourself and others, and are happy enough with how things are then I'd probably say give them a miss for now. You can always change your mind later. Meds are certainly not the only answer, if they are the answer at all.... for many they are not at all.
  3. DoubledStratum

    DoubledStratum Well-Known Member

    I am self destructive and have one near-attempt at suicide (parents were home when I thought they wouldn't be). That's probably why she suggested it.

    But...they apparantly do stabilise your mood after an initial rough patch, from what little I've heard. That could only be useful...but I'm not sure if I'd like myself in my new mood.
  4. theleastofthese

    theleastofthese SF Friend Staff Alumni

    I've been taking Zoloft (sertraline hydrocloride) for several years and it's helped me tremendously. It didn't give me "a new mood", just "evened out" the one(s) I was in and out of.:wink: My 'bad days' don't last as long as they used to and are much less severe. I depend on it and will take it for as long as I need it.

    It's a personal decision, of course, but speaking only for myself, anti-depressants have done me a world of good. I'm still "me", just not as volatile!:wink: :smile:

  5. DepressionII

    DepressionII Well-Known Member

    Firstly, I think that is absolutely, completely, utterly, pathetic on the part of your counsellor to recommend them after your first goddamn sessions. And especially that you got one week to make up your mind, I'm appalled on your behalf. Ask for your money back.

    If you are going to, then you should get a couple of opinions.

    I was on Zoloft for about a year and it was good for about 10 months, but recently it made me so miserable I stopped taking them. I've been off them for 3 weeks and was feeling great for a while, but I'm once again down in the dumps, and not just angry, but furious at society, 24/7.