I feel ya bro. I have issues with self esteem but I do not consider myself depressed. Are you by any chance confused about what direction you want to take your life in, because I'm in that exact stage of life as well.Any medication I am against unless I had no other choice and I made no progress. But I have made a ton of progress. Its just that he thinks I am worrying more than I actually am like I am depressed every day. When I made it clear to him I am not but want to work on things such as self-esteem and such. But he thinks popping a pill and becoming more depressed (Thoughts of Suicide) or constipation is better. I have tried over 20 different medications from when I was 8-16 and since I have been off them which I mentioned to him, I have been feeling better yet he is clueless.
BTW I know this thread has to due with Medication per say but not specific medications or asking for medication advise. It has to do with the frustration I have had with my therapist and how to cope with the anger and such. Also, looking for people who went through similar experiences and how they coped to benefit themselves which can possibly help me as well as others.
What side effects have you noticed from those 8 years of ssri's?Everybody is different:
- In debt for ~$100,000
- Living with my parents well into my 30s
- Anxiety forced me to quit numerous academic programs including: law/MBA, dentistry, medicine, radiation science, etc.
- No car, no posessions
- Never had a full-time job
I'm not saying this is typical but this anti-drug stance is annoying and I even abused drugs for quite a few years and yet I wouldn't have changed anything. Without medication, I would have probably been without a job, living with my parents without much in the way of what one would consider a "productive life". Having said that there's nothing wrong with living with one's parents and not having a productive life, assuming it doesn't bother you. And I'm not saying the medication will work fr everybody either or it won't have side-effects for some. For me, SSRIs feel more like candies than the drugs I was taking and abusing before (benzos + narcotics). And yet, they served their purpose for those 8 years.
- Finished a professional degree
- Got a high-paying job (I made more in my first year out than the rest of my life combined and I didn't start working until I turned 40)
- Bought a car, house, furniture
- Paid off my loan
- Got married
Those 8 years I took benzos and narcotics and I had many side-effects. But the benefits still outweighed the negatives. I've only been taking SSRIs for a ~ 1.5 years, now. I haven't experienced any side-effects whatsoever, sexual or otherwise.What side effects have you noticed from those 8 years of ssri's?