posted on Oct, 15 2009 @ 05:29 PM
The act of prescribing Anti-Depressants is an Art and not a Science.
It will take you and your Doctor/Psychiatrist many attempts over sometimes many of years to find the best Anti-Depressant and the correct dosage for
Anti-Depressants have wildly different affects on different people, because you are dealing with suppressing aspects of the biochemistry in the
And regardless of how it affects you, you will become like a different person. I've known people on Anti-Depressants who decided to disavow their
marriage of 25+ years because they decided all of a sudden that they were gay, and cut all ties to their wife and children only to wonder what the
heck happened the moment they stopped taking their Anti-Depressant because they certainly were not gay, and regretted walking away from their children
Unless a side-effect is overly disruptive to your life or a threat to either your health and well-being or someone near you, it is usually best to
stick out an Anti-Depressant for at least 6 weeks as it oftentimes takes a while for them to build up to the proper levels in your system before they
start doing what they are supposed to do, as well as allow your body/brain to adjust to the changes in biochemistry.
Now, imagine that 6 week period repeated over and over for Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor, Lexapro, Luvox, Seroquel, etc. until you and your
Doctor/Psychiatrist find one that works best for you, and then playing with the dosage over 6 months time after that until you get the right
Although it may seem like a scam on part of the Pharmaceutical companies (and in part it probably is), in the end you'll be better off for it. It
does take time though.
Best of luck to you in finding what works for you.