Andrea Pleant said:
I've been on various anti-depressants for over 17 years now :eek: With so many of them the side effects were worse then the depression.
That was true of every single one I ever tried, but especially the SSRI's. Horrific is the only word that comes close to describing the side effects of those. I was prescribed all sorts for severe anxiety and nothing worked. In most cases it made the symptoms ten times worse, plus other lovely effects like nausea and vomiting, hot and cold sweats, uncontrollable shaking and muscle spasms.
The longest I ever took a drug for was 6 months and that was Zispin (I think the actual drug is called Mirtazipine). That was just awful. I kept saying how bad I felt and I just got "well keep taking it, I'm sure you'll feel better soon".
The weight gain was horrible - I was constantly ravenous and I had to eat or I'd feel dizzy and faint so I put on over a stone in a month. My self-esteem plummeted and I was constantly tearful. The worst side effect though was drowsiness - I had to sleep for 10 hours or I couldn't get up the next day, so to get up for work at 6.30am I'd have to go to bed at 8.30pm. Then the next morning I'd be like a zombie. It scares me looking back how I used to drive the 18 miles to work. I used to turn up at work not remembering how I got there.
When I eventually said enough was enough, I had to endure weeks of horrible withdrawal symptoms. And the best bit of all was being told by a doctor other than my GP "but Zispin isn't prescibed for anxiety anyway so why were you taking it?". Great - 6 months of hell for nothing, and no wonder it didn't work!
All this has taught me that I will never, ever take another pill no matter how bad I feel because it just isn't worth it. I've managed without for three years with only natural alternatives and the difference has been dramatic. The simple truth is, for a lot of people drugs just aren't the answer.