Reading this page, you will find that I speak poorly of depression and anxiety medications. There are good reasons for this, and you will discover what I mean as you browse through this site.
Prescriptions caused me nothing but problems for several years. Many are overrated and end up making symptoms even worse. The reason they call them DRUGS is because that is exactly what they are. Taking prescriptions for as little as 2 weeks can cause dependence. And if you are like me, and you took them for over a year you know that you most likely have a slight (if not severe) addiction.
Some drugs are considered “non-addictive,” but you may still suffer very uncomfortable side effects when trying to withdraw from them.
If I am taking something, and I am trying to stop, and I experience severe side effects like restlessness, anxiety, and nervousness, wouldn’t that be considered an addictive product?
You make the call, but here’s what the World Health Organization has to say about addiction and dependence in a recent publication:
A need for repeated doses of the drug to feel good or to avoid feeling bad.
Experiencing three or more of the following indicates addiction/dependence:
- strong desire/sense of compulsion to take the drug
- difficulty in controlling drug-taking behavior
- physiological withdrawal state
- neglect of alternative interests
- persistent use despite trouble
“But my doctor says it works and it is the only way…”
Blah. Blah. Blah.
Do you realize that I have heard this statement hundreds of times…even coming out of my own mouth?
Sure, at times, taking a prescription drug may help you, but the short-term benefits are nothing compared to the long-term, adverse side effects. There is a reason your doctor prescribes a prescription for you. Money!
One of my doctors prescribed 3 different medications for me over a period of 1 year. Each visit to the doctor cost me $100. The prescriptions ranged from $50 – $150. That doesn’t even count the additional visits I made to my therapist because the drugs didn’t work and my problems persisted. In 1 year, I paid well over $1500 to my doctors and when I was done, I was worse off.
The fact of the matter is, that if my doctor really cared, he would have spent more than 5 minutes with me when I told him about my symptoms. There is a lot more to anxiety and depression than just chemical imbalance. Getting to the root of what is causing one’s feelings is the only way to find permanent relief.
Prescription medications can provide relief for symptoms, but they can’t change your thought patterns and help you develop new ways of thinking. Recognizing the problem, and then developing real coping techniques is the only true method of finding long term relief.