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Re: fwd new article about anti-depressants Embers

Posted by Zellie on January 28, 2004, at 9:46:35

In reply to Re: fwd new article about anti-depressants, posted by Embers on January 28, 2004, at 0:18:14

I am so sorry for you, as I read of the death of your father. I don't know how long ago it was, but it doesn't matter. It is very devastating.

We must get the message out to general physicians...these drugs are a huge responsibility for them to take on....we must get through to them that they MUST learn all they can about them BEFORE prescribing them, and they must educate their patients THOROUGHLY on all possible side-effects. They must tread very, very carefully when decreasing or stopping any of these drugs.

Again, I feel for you. I am glad, though, that you are now able to cope with your own illness. I wish you well for the future.

Kindest regards,

> I first had trouble with depression and anxiety and was hospitalized about 22 years ago (at age 30). At that time I was given Elavil and found the side effects too awful to continue on that med. 12 years ago (after being without any medication for 8 years) I had severe depression with panic attacks and could no longer function. I was in hospital for one month, outpatient for another 6 months, and therapy for 8 years! During that time I was either on Prozac, Zoloft, Lithium, Zoloft again, Wellbutrin and now Paxil. Paxil seems to work the best for me. I'm still on a low doseage and it seems to keep the anxiety level down better than the other meds I was on, and my depression is at a manageable level. I work full time and 6 months ago got married for the first time at 51 years old! If you suffer from "clinical depression" I advise you NOT to give up if the first med doesnt work for you. Work closely with a pharma-psychiatrist. Some psychiatrists are more up to speed on drugs than others I've found. I do NOT recommend getting these drugs prescribed to you the first time by a general physician. Unfortunately my 85 year old father did, had side effects and the physician had him stop the Zoloft immediately. He committed suicide 2 weeks later. In our era of specialists, physicians should prescribe in their own fields




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