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When Your Friend Tells You Not to Take Anxiety Medication

Your friend who tells you not to take medicine for anxiety is not your doctor. Read More

In the same boat

I take the same (an SSRI), and this non-medical advice drives me nuts. It's dangerous and arrogant of them. Suddenly someone thinks they can play "I have an imaginary PHD, and I know what's best". Such horrible advice, as someone might actually take it.

Exactly Derek, I have an

Exactly Derek, I have an imaginary PhD and I can tell you what to do even though I haven't been to medical school or graduate school for psychology.

I don't care if people want

I don't care if people want to drug themselves, but I do find the faith in mds and clinicians misguided.

I have a really hard time not

I have a really hard time not seeing the current fad of doctor hating as yet another manifestation of a growing wave of anti-intellectualism. I see it from all corners -- a distrust of learning and science, and an emphasis on "common sense". Science and learning are not the enemy. You know what they call alternative medicine that has been scientifically proven to work? Medicine.

This right here.

This right here.

Yes. That's exactly what I'm

Yes. That's exactly what I'm talking about.

And you're free to have that

And you're free to have that opinion. My opinion is based on my own research, and conversations I've had with multiple Doctors, and my Pharmacy. And the results are nothing short of amazing. And FYI, I don't have faith in my Doctor. I trust him, as he's had years of training and experience in these things.

True for many reasons

I take an SSRI to help manage my depression and bipolar disorder. I've gotten flack from family members and even medical professionals, because they think they know better. After I gave birth in November, I went to get a refill of my prescription, only to be told that the pharmacist had cancelled the order because, "You really shouldn't take this if you're breastfeeding." Well, thank you Mr. Not-my-doctor, but my MD and my OBGYN have managed my care throughout my pregnancy and we already discussed the risks versus rewards for my continuing on this medication. Your opinion, however educated, isn't needed.

Family are a whole 'nother can of worms. Getting them to even acknowledge that I have an illness is nearly impossible. My older sister even told me that it is "unfair" to say that my "problems" were caused or even influenced by my environment. Also, my depression is just me "dwelling on things" and she's never seen me manic, so I mustn't have mania.

It's hard enough to go out and seek out without the added pressure of those around you, strangers and loved ones alike, further stigmatizing your experience.

This goes against the point

This goes against the point of the article, but what should someone do when they notice a friend or loved one's psychiatric medication seems to be having bad effects on them, effects that they apparently aren't able to notice for themselves? For example, out of character irritability, inappropriate behavior, over sedation, inability to drive safely, etc.

I would tell them. Not in any

I would tell them. Not in any alarmist way, but just bring it to their attention, remind them that there's a lot of other meds out there they can try, and suggest they speak with their Doctor about it. I would definitely bring it up to them though. If it was me, I would definitely want to know.

I just re-read that. "Unable

I just re-read that. "Unable to drive safely". Yes, definitely say something, as safety to them, and others may be at risk.

Genuine question

Can meds actually cure anxiety disorder or do the meds just make life more bearable for sufferers?

I am not a doctor, but based

I am not a doctor, but based on my research medication doesn't cure anxiety. It is merely a way to ease the discomfort of anxiety in daily life.

A SNRI has really changed my

A SNRI has really changed my life with anxiety, I finally broke down and went to a psych and was prescribed Effexor XR, so happy I did, just wish I would have had the guts to do it years back!
Chris, age 33

I have been on Effexor

I have been on Effexor before. I might try it again. Thank you Chris!

Sounds the same as my

Sounds the same as my situation. I did it at 34 and am simply amazed at the change they've induced.

Long time Zoloft User for Panic Disorder

I used sertraline (Zoloft) from 2002 - 2013 to manage my panic disorder until it "pooped out" on me in April 2013. After trying Lexapro and Prozac from April - Oct 2013 I decided to come off all meds and see how I could manage.

After being med free for over 7 months I'm growing concerned that the long term use of the sertraline is what's causing my newly appearing constant tremor and the sporadic, minor involuntary movements in my hands and arms/legs (extrapyramidal symptoms). Could also be the anxiety that's been creeping in since going off meds, but the tremor and "jerks" just perpetuate the anxiety. Chicken vs. egg.

IMO, there is no cure for

IMO, there is no cure for anxiety. Its like a chain reaction in a nuclear fusion process, there is no stopping it. If you are suffering from anxiety or panic disorder then you are fu***d for the rest of your life. Although you can only control it while you are on meds but it will never go away. Does medication help? Yes, but it will only give you pleasing effect when you are on it. The day you're off meds, you will feel more terrible than the time you weren't using them.

My suggestion: Accept the fact that you are suffering from a disorder for which no cure has been found yet. It may well be found in the next few decades or after a 100 years but presently there is none. Do the things which you can do, leave if its creating more panic or anxiety. And most importantly, stay happy, for what you have and for what you don't have. Just enjoy where and when you can.

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Sarah Fader is a mental illness advocate and mother of two living with panic disorder in New York City.


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