In many types of mental illness, taking medication is a much better option than doing nothing. It seems to be protocol for people to have huge doubts though regarding medication and its effectiveness. But how true is that assumption? True to a certain extent. Its known that antidepressants are massively over-prescribed. But how can a GP tell the situation? They can’t, really, they do not have the experience or the qualification. They may see something wrong, or miss something. I was miss-diagnosed by a GP. The OCD wasn’t GAD or depression. This caused a lot of wasted time going to counsellors. (talking can make OCD worse, initially).
The answer is, that if you are seriously debilitated, incapacitated or anxious beyond belief, you have to go and see a consultant psychiatrist if you are overly concerned that you an illness. But if you have anxiety or depression on their own, I would probably say try other options first – join the gym, try a new hobby. There may not be the need to prescribe yourself onto antidepressants. Because they do suck the energy from you. Naturally get your chemicals flowing and you’ll do well my friend.
My life was great since being on a particular type of anti depressant that has been shown to be effective with OCD.
My life is even greater since being on antipsychotics. Why? because it does treat it. I wasn’t miss-diagnosed, I was over-looked. OCD is secondary like in many psychotic patients. I may be schizoaffective, one psychiatrist said, but whether i am or not as long as i’m making progress it’s fine; I’m on the highest dose… which is great.
I’ll come off one day and on that day i will let you know if it was all worth it, the meds. I currently have no doubts of their effectiveness… The side effects are worth it!