this may be a controversial post but i am curious as to what people out there think. while i have struggled with mental illness, depression, anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder, OCD, addiction etc...i have tried different things to try to help myself. most lead to self destruction. but even when i tried several different anti depressants (anafranil, disipramine, cipralex and another i don't remember)...the side effects of these drugs (for me anyways) were horrific and sent me farther into anxiety, depression and suicial thoughts. comming off them is no party either. why is it that SSRI antidepressants don't get the bad rep like alcohol or pot or benzos etc... they alter the way the brain works. they cause dependence (another word for addiction). they have withdrawl symptoms but big pharma has manipulated the press and doctors etc by calling it "SSRI discontinuation syndrome". there are tons of people who have commited suicide due to the effects of SSRI's or other who have had permanant negative physical side effects. why is it that they still are considered the "good pills" and anything else is bad. same with antipsychotics...knowing a couple schizophrenics myself ...they have said how horrible the drugs they are forced to take make them feel...and so some turn to alcohol or other drugs to find relief or kill themselves. is there really any good safe drug? legal or illegal? same with diseases like cancer...they treat it by poisoning the body with chemo which destroys the imune system and they radiate your body...many people survive and live on while some die from the side effects from the chemo or other drugs they take to try to cure it or develop new cancers from the radiation...since radiation causes cancer. the whole thing confuses me...on a grand scale. i'm not trying to justify any of my addictions... i am just curious about what others think about SSRI's. anyone out there have them really help them. anyone out there have a bad reaction to SSRI's or any other antidepressants? do you think that in 10 years from now they will view SSRI's as dangerous the same way they do benzos (when valium first came out it was considered a miracle drug) or other drugs. they already have done this with tricyclic antidepressants...and MAO inhbitors. what do you think?