Jun 12, 2009
Seems that most, if not all anti-depressants have similar side effects. I can tick most boxes when I read the leaflets that accompany the drugs. In spite of memory loss (short term memory affected mostly, I think?No joke intended) tremors, loss of sex drive, raised heart rate, eye problems et al I prefer to ignore them & concentrate on the benefits. Doing some fairly active things outdoors in all weathers does bring a buzz & improves my mood control. CBT does seem to work, it took a while for it to click in, but it's very useful to remind yourself to avoid the negative thoughts as they inevitably appear. We're all different, but have 'mental problems' in common. Hearing people that have had cancer etc say ' I'm glad I had it, my life's been enriched etc maybe OK, but in no way can having Severe Anxiety/Depression enrich my life ~ but I now accept that I'm stuck with it & am learning to live with it ~ taken almost 20 yrs to do it. Been 'well' for some weeks now, the CPN's worried that I'm manic, but as long as I feel well the 'forced being positive' attitude will continue. Can never be sure how long these moods will last, but I'm enjoying the present thanks to your posts & the support from the people on this site. The drugs/therapy contribute too. Hope you're all feeling Positive. Best wishes.