Originally Posted by Corazon Lock
I don't understand why your doc won't put you on something other than Prozac. ..............Point blank: I hate phobias, anxiety, and depression. But you gotta learn to live with them.
There is evidence that some anti-depressants can actually increase the risk of suicide in young people and therefore they are prescribed very cautiously. I am not a psychiatrist so I'm unfamiliar with which ones they are. As far as I'm concerned, medicine, and especially psychiatry, is as much an art as a science. I think that's why it's called the practice of medicine: it takes not only scientific knowledge but judgement. That's why doctors disagree and why some are better than others. It's not just how much they know...but how they interpret what they know!
Antidepressants have many different ways of working. Some are understood, and some aren't. People can react differently to the same drug, depending upon their unique body chemistries. It often takes trial and error and a long time to find which will work best for an individual.
This whole process requires cooperation and communication between the patient and the doctor. If the patient doesn't understand this and isn't cooperative, it really subverts the whole process. Some doctors are better at explaining this than others. Some patients are better at understanding this than others. It is essential to find a physician with whom you can communicate....and then communicate! Anything else is just pouring money down a rathole.
This whole process is just part of learning how to live with depression, anxiety and phobias. There are many, many different ways of coping with these problems and medication can help...but it's not the whole solution.
You have to learn how you react to situations, triggers, and what coping mechanisms work best for you. It's a lifelong process. Ignoring it, means living a life that isn't as rewarding and enjoyable as it could be. We only get one life. We should live the life we love. And we need to do whatever we can to make that possible.