it is well-known that SSRI's can cause many terrible, long term side-effects...even the short term side effects are terrible....and sometimes it doesnt even work. and yet my old shrink acted like i was being stubborn because i didnt want to take them. i hate how doctors lie to you, act like SSRI's are not at all risky, yet when you look at websites like drugratingz.com half the people said they went through hell because of that drug...aghh
i'm sure benzos are quite helpful but it would be hard to get my hands on those
Taking any medication poses risks.
I've taken antidepressants for a long, long time. As a result of taking medications long-term, I do have some medical problems--cornea and neurological problems. They are not huge problems but they are problems.
I've been through a lot. Here's my thoughts and it extends over to a few other issues.
ARE YOU YOUNG?
I know many of you desire a spouse and children. These potent medications "could" alter your repoductive system. Could. Who knows? These medications can improve your moods, but in the process it's altering your body. How much we don't know? Especially if you're taking them long-term.
If you're in a deep rut, and you're young, possibly take them short-term. Possibly! If you are contemplating children, don't take them for years, and years, and years.
I don't think that would be wise unless you're going to have your sperm or eggs frozen. Adoption is an option. Not having children is another option.
MAKE MEDICATIONS YOUR LAST RESORT
If you're young, to the best of your ability try to alter your life circumstances. Try everything you can. Everything! You still have a young body and a young brain. When you have an OLDER BRAIN and an OLDER BODY, it's more difficult to work magic. There's not so much magic left.
As they say, "It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks." It's easier to teach a young dog new tricks.
The older you are, the less you have to lose taking antidepressants. Your child-bearing years are over. The negative cumulative risks of taking potent medications is less. If there's a time bomb on a certain medication, it will explode when you're very old.
Taking the wrong, lethal antidepressant say at 18; the time bomb would explode much sooner.
My mom is deceased, and she took a wrong, lethal medication and there was a 15-year time bomb. The medication she took eventually killed her.
There's no easy answers. However, constantly feeling anxious, sad, and depressed is not an answer, either.