and im not trying being to be rude or unsensivitve
Its funny how all these threads poping up today with it being the day before valentines day.
They shouldn't be the first line treatment of people who feel depressed
How is he fishing for sympathy?
because he's telling everyone he's all depressed but won't let anyone help him. that puts me on a bit of a downer because i like to help ppl.
...that in itself makes me feel quite depressed!
I wouldn't say it's fair to say it seems like evryone is on them, unless of course you live in a mental hospital....they aren't exactly prescribed by your GP
They have their good and bad points. I could argue that i wouldn't be here without them, having tried to eliminate myself a few times. I've been on 3 different ones, and the ones i'm on now have helped me the most. The thing is, i've been on them so long (nearly 4 years), that i don't remember what i was like without them now. And i don't think i need them as much as i used to, but if i withdraw from them too quickly i get very very physically ill. So i'm tapering my dose which is taking years! The side effects are horrible. At first i lost my appetite, and went down to seven stone. If i don't take one within 4 hours of my usual time i get sleep paralysis, sweating, nausea, dizziness etc.
If you can have some other sort of therapy before resorting to medication then do so. My psychotherapist was more screwed up than i am, but i have an appointment with a new one tomorrow and i'm hoping they will be better.
Hope this has answered some of your questions.
Well when you are under 18 my understanding is that you are referred to a psychiatrist and a panel of social workers etc discusses the potential treatments available including therapy, conselling, and drugs.
No thats not always true. I was 16 when i was first prescribed anti-depressants by my GP. I didn't get counselling until i was 17. It depends on the area.