Medication until I can get my life on track. Good idea?
May 31, 2014 12:06 PM Subscribe
Is it possible for me to go on anti-depressants and then go off them?
posted by morning_television to Human Relations (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've been struggling a lot with many aspects of my life. Love, friendships and career. I'm 28. Past incidents of hurt and emotional abuse (from childhood up until high school) have hindered and seriously flawed my thinking and self-confidence. I think very negatively about a lot of things. Expecting negative outcomes and etc..
I've been having a lot of trouble so I started seeing a local therapist a few months ago. I had no trouble talking about what I wanted to talk about and I feel very open when I go to a session. We've unraveled that I had a traumatizing childhood. And it's programmed my brain in a way that makes it very hard for to me to develop socially and professionally. We've tried CBT therapy but it hasn't worked much for me. I have been improving somewhat though. And I feel the therapy helps out a lot. But I've been suffering from bouts of very low moods lately. Especially when I experience a set back. A mood that makes it incredibly hard for me to socialize and put myself out there again. I'm not clinically depressed (I have no family history of it, and I'm in no harm to myself - I rarely ever think about suicide as a solution). And I rarely suffer from panic/anxiety attacks though I have had them in the past. But my therapist suggested that maybe I should go on very low dosage of anti-depressants so that it could help me push myself even further to make things better for myself. And to not be held back by constant low moods and depression.
So I guess I'm wondering if that seems like a feasible solution. I know people who take anti-depressants but they're clinically depressed and have been on them for most their lives. Do people take anti-depressants for a little bit and then stop? People who need to overcome their anxieties or depression but aren't clinically depressed.
I feel like it's something that I should think about. I want to make an appointment with my family doctor when/if I decide to take any medication.
Any advice/experiences would be appreciated. Thanks!