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    Hello, and thank you for reading.

    I've been to a GP today. Was supposed to be to review sleeping medication I got prescribed last week but I've not had it from pharmacy yet (problems with supplier). But hoppeing I will get it soon.

    But, as I was there they were asking about other things. It turned out a service I saw 2 months ago to try and get help with sleep recommended I see someone more specialist, but never told me that, or referred me to a specialist.
    It seemed like the GP had a lot more information than me from both then and some other service they sent me to (I never got told what it was or why I was going, it was not a specialist in hospital though, and all they did was a very similar assessment before also deciding they won't help me) and was asking about things I didn't know about.

    Anyway, she mentioned SSRI antidepressants, and gave me some information to read through. I thought it would be like explain how they work, and the good or bad reasons for having them. But, it's more about all the side affects, or lack of and that their not as addictive as people think (never thought they were), it's more of a explaining common myths rather than just giving facts.

    So, first I would love some more information, if anyone knows anything more.
    Second anyone with any kind of experience, good or bad about trying SSRI antidepressants.
    Same for seeing a specialist/consultant I think it was but not sure? Anyone been to one? Did it help or not? What kind of thing happens, or what do they do?

    I'm not sure, I am not diagnosed with any Mental Health problem, and I suppose their is a lot of stigma. I'm trying to think positive and think about it like physical health. For example a few years ago when Dr's thought I had asthma I got given an inhaler to test if it helped. I never really thought much about it, other than 'oo, new thing, ooo.... will see what happens' I was given it first, then got diagnosed and given preventer inhalers to stop further attacks. So I'm trying to do the same for this, but then I guess I might end up with a diagnosed mental health condition too. (which btw has been trying to happen but not for years, All through school no-one really had a clue what was 'wrong' with me, although I do now have a few disabilities diagnosed)
    However I'm not sure I want to do anything that confuses my brain even more than It is already, I've got various disabilities and medical conditions and take quite a lot of medication already, so I'm sure soon stuff will start reacting with each other or causing big problems.

    Nothing has been decided yet, I have this information to read and I'm seeing the same GP again next week to review the sleep medication when I've hopefully got it, and talk about both the options of a specialist, these SSRI antidepressants, both or neither or well anything else I assume!
    I just want to know some of the facts about, and have a chance to talk to other people about it all.
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    Hello, and thank you for reading.

    I've been to a GP today. Was supposed to be to review sleeping medication I got prescribed last week but I've not had it from pharmacy yet (problems with supplier). But hoppeing I will get it soon.

    But, as I was there they were asking about other things. It turned out a service I saw 2 months ago to try and get help with sleep recommended I see someone more specialist, but never told me that, or referred me to a specialist.
    It seemed like the GP had a lot more information than me from both then and some other service they sent me to (I never got told what it was or why I was going, it was not a specialist in hospital though, and all they did was a very similar assessment before also deciding they won't help me) and was asking about things I didn't know about.

    Anyway, she mentioned SSRI antidepressants, and gave me some information to read through. I thought it would be like explain how they work, and the good or bad reasons for having them. But, it's more about all the side affects, or lack of and that their not as addictive as people think (never thought they were), it's more of a explaining common myths rather than just giving facts.

    So, first I would love some more information, if anyone knows anything more.
    Second anyone with any kind of experience, good or bad about trying SSRI antidepressants.
    Same for seeing a specialist/consultant I think it was but not sure? Anyone been to one? Did it help or not? What kind of thing happens, or what do they do?

    I'm not sure, I am not diagnosed with any Mental Health problem, and I suppose their is a lot of stigma. I'm trying to think positive and think about it like physical health. For example a few years ago when Dr's thought I had asthma I got given an inhaler to test if it helped. I never really thought much about it, other than 'oo, new thing, ooo.... will see what happens' I was given it first, then got diagnosed and given preventer inhalers to stop further attacks. So I'm trying to do the same for this, but then I guess I might end up with a diagnosed mental health condition too. (which btw has been trying to happen but not for years, All through school no-one really had a clue what was 'wrong' with me, although I do now have a few disabilities diagnosed)
    However I'm not sure I want to do anything that confuses my brain even more than It is already, I've got various disabilities and medical conditions and take quite a lot of medication already, so I'm sure soon stuff will start reacting with each other or causing big problems.

    Nothing has been decided yet, I have this information to read and I'm seeing the same GP again next week to review the sleep medication when I've hopefully got it, and talk about both the options of a specialist, these SSRI antidepressants, both or neither or well anything else I assume!
    I just want to know some of the facts about, and have a chance to talk to other people about it all.
    Hi I take a tablet called Sertraline and that can be given for anxiety or as an antidepressant or to help with OCD and I was extremely sceptical before I started taking it and was really worried about the side effects as the list looks huge! Since I started taking it though my life has absolutely transformed I feel able to be the person I always wanted to be but was afraid to and I honestly wish I hadnt been so reluctant to give it a chance in the first place.
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    Hi I take a tablet called Sertraline and that can be given for anxiety or as an antidepressant or to help with OCD and I was extremely sceptical before I started taking it and was really worried about the side effects as the list looks huge! Since I started taking it though my life has absolutely transformed I feel able to be the person I always wanted to be but was afraid to and I honestly wish I hadnt been so reluctant to give it a chance in the first place.

    Thanks' for sharing, that's really reassuring to know it makes a big difference
    Do they only give it for those certain conditions? because, I don't have anything mental heath related diagnosed.
    And does it become a long term thing, (like inhalers) or, is it just for a few months/weeks or however long?
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    Thanks' for sharing, that's really reassuring to know it makes a big difference
    Do they only give it for those certain conditions? because, I don't have anything mental heath related diagnosed.
    And does it become a long term thing, (like inhalers) or, is it just for a few months/weeks or however long?
    Im not sure tbh. I have generalised anxiety disorder and thats why I take it. It is kind of long term in that people take it normally for a minimum of about 6 months and its not something you should just stop taking it is one that the dosage just needs lowering to help you come off it (im not looking forward to when they try encourage me to come off it. The positive effects for me though started really quite quickly though the first night I took it and each time I went up a dosage I felt so strange like I was kind of floating and not in control it was really strange but I felt fine by the morning.
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    Im not sure tbh. I have generalised anxiety disorder and thats why I take it. It is kind of long term in that people take it normally for a minimum of about 6 months and its not something you should just stop taking it is one that the dosage just needs lowering to help you come off it (im not looking forward to when they try encourage me to come off it. The positive effects for me though started really quite quickly though the first night I took it and each time I went up a dosage I felt so strange like I was kind of floating and not in control it was really strange but I felt fine by the morning.

    Did you have to do lots of those paper questionares about like motivation or enjoyment in things, or how often you avoid socialising? where you score everything on some kind of scale like 1-5 or 1-10. I've done a few recently going through different services. Apparently I score in the middle for both anxiety and depression, but that makes no difference to me getting help.
    However, it might mean I could get diagnosed if I need one for the medication. I suppose the GP would not have mentioned it if I can't have it.

    6 months sounds like quite a long time..
    Do you get any negative reactions to it? I go on lots of trips, overnights kind of thing and I always have to give in all medication so they can control it all and then give me it at the right times (like i'm unable suddenly, but it's so everyone is the same, and they keep it locked up so no-one takes anyone else's..) anyway, I guess you don't do things like this but if you have do people react badly? I guess I'm worried about people finding out I get antidepressants and getting a label like being 'mental'. I have enough negative and stereotyped labels from all my other things.

    How long have you had it so far? Are you close to finishing now?
    And, does it stop all the problems when you finish taking it? or do the problems just come back. Can't quite understand how if they don't. For asthma if I miss anymore than 2 days my breathing is worse, stopping would be impossible. I imagine this is the same in that you keep needing it for it to work, like most medicine really.
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    Did you have to do lots of those paper questionares about like motivation or enjoyment in things, or how often you avoid socialising? where you score everything on some kind of scale like 1-5 or 1-10. I've done a few recently going through different services. Apparently I score in the middle for both anxiety and depression, but that makes no difference to me getting help.
    However, it might mean I could get diagnosed if I need one for the medication. I suppose the GP would not have mentioned it if I can't have it.

    6 months sounds like quite a long time..
    Do you get any negative reactions to it? I go on lots of trips, overnights kind of thing and I always have to give in all medication so they can control it all and then give me it at the right times (like i'm unable suddenly, but it's so everyone is the same, and they keep it locked up so no-one takes anyone else's..) anyway, I guess you don't do things like this but if you have do people react badly? I guess I'm worried about people finding out I get antidepressants and getting a label like being 'mental'. I have enough negative and stereotyped labels from all my other things.

    How long have you had it so far? Are you close to finishing now?
    And, does it stop all the problems when you finish taking it? or do the problems just come back. Can't quite understand how if they don't. For asthma if I miss anymore than 2 days my breathing is worse, stopping would be impossible. I imagine this is the same in that you keep needing it for it to work, like most medicine really.
    Yea I did lots of those I also had high intensity CBT and had to complete them at every session there. With having GAD my scores for both depression and anxiety where high on those.
    Tbh I dont think you would need a diagnosis as such if the doctor thinks that the medication could be beneficial to you.
    So far I havent had any negative reactions to it, only the first night of going up a dose and that strange feeling. I do get some crazy dreams but thats not really an issue. I think Ive been on it about 9 months now. I think they start to take people of once they have been feeling 'normal' on the tablets for about 6 months so and feel ready to take that step. Its not something the doctors will rush.
    Not really had any negative reactions to people knowing Im taking it because they can see how far Ive come since I started taking them.
    One thing my therapist repeatedly pointed out was how important to remember its not the tablets making the positive changes for you, thats all down to you, the tablets are just removing some of the dark clouds that tried to stand in your way.
    So when you do come off the tablets its YOU that did all the amazing stuff you managed to achieve while on them the tablets just played a small role and helped you like have the confidence and self belief to actually go ahead and do it. So yes the problem should be resolved once you come off the tablets.
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    Yea I did lots of those I also had high intensity CBT and had to complete them at every session there. With having GAD my scores for both depression and anxiety where high on those.
    Tbh I dont think you would need a diagnosis as such if the doctor thinks that the medication could be beneficial to you.
    So far I havent had any negative reactions to it, only the first night of going up a dose and that strange feeling. I do get some crazy dreams but thats not really an issue. I think Ive been on it about 9 months now. I think they start to take people of once they have been feeling 'normal' on the tablets for about 6 months so and feel ready to take that step. Its not something the doctors will rush.
    Not really had any negative reactions to people knowing Im taking it because they can see how far Ive come since I started taking them.
    One thing my therapist repeatedly pointed out was how important to remember its not the tablets making the positive changes for you, thats all down to you, the tablets are just removing some of the dark clouds that tried to stand in your way.
    So when you do come off the tablets its YOU that did all the amazing stuff you managed to achieve while on them the tablets just played a small role and helped you like have the confidence and self belief to actually go ahead and do it. So yes the problem should be resolved once you come off the tablets.
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    I don't like the idea of that, I always struggle with theose forms because I can't work out what they are asking, so doing it every session sounds horrible. When I was at CAMHS they had to simiplify it for me and made me say how I was in between 1 and 10.

    So, you take it as long as needed then 6 months extra, is that like to check you won't go back to how you were before you started? Sounds quite sensible, but also sounds like Id have them for quite a long time too. I think your right about the diagnosis now, and that a Dr wouldn't sugest it unless they thought it will help, it's just everyone I've talked to about it says they are diagnosed with something.

    I like how that therapist explains it, I just don't really understand it. What have you done that helps?
 
 
 
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