sincerely, a person who has been on prozac for 9 years
this is in response to some shitty stuff i’ve seen on my dash recently. it’s super simplified, so if you’d like to know some more indepth stuff on how exactly it works, google it—OR BETTER YET actually talk to a mental health doctor psychiatrist person wow
Prozac has literally stopped me killing myself. I would be dead if it weren’t for antidepressants. If you spread misinformation I’ll come to your house and smack u into orbit.
I’ll join you and steamroll people
As someone who takes the highest dosage of zoloft (setraline) possible for my body in order to function as a “normal” human being, allow me to assure you that if I ever hear you talking shit about needing to take meds, I will pull your head out of your arse and smack it into the nearest wall.
This is good, the one thing I’ll point out is that sometimes antidepressants will make you numb- it’s happened to me and my sister- but that’s a sign you’re on the wrong one. So if it happens, go back to your doctor and say you want to try a new one.
If at all possible, find a doctor you feel you can trust. Find someone who will listen to you when you discuss concerns about your medications. A good doc will work with you to find the thing that works BEST, not just the thing that works ENOUGH.
My problems with psych meds had way more to do with the psychiatrists I was seeing than the drugs themselves. I was kept on ineffective meds with awful side effects for years longer than I should have been. I was also put on certain meds WAY younger than I should have been. Not to mention, not one of my doctors ever recognized my undiagnosed ADHD. Their treatment never addressed the fact that a great deal of my anxiety and depression stem from said ADHD.
I wouldn’t have psych med horror stories if I’d had psychiatrists who listened to me. Meds can do a lot of good for a lot of people (I wouldn’t be living on my own and in school again without mine, end of story), but you need reliable help to find the RIGHT meds. Don’t be afraid to shop around for doctors. It’s your mind, your body, and your treatment, and you have every right to say who’s involved with it.
^^^^^ this says everything i was thinking. i’ve also been on shit, numb-making meds, but it was because i was with shit doctors who didn’t listen to me. now that i have an np who is actually willing to have a dialogue with me, i’m on effective meds and actually able to leave my bed and, you know, live life.