Should I take meds for the rest of my life?

 

Should I take meds for the rest of my life?

QUESTION:

your avatar   Herzilein, 63-year-old woman

I have been diagnosed with double Depression. That is Major Depression and Dysthymia. I have been in therapy for two years. The first therapist didn't help me so I changed therapists and feel I am getting good counseling now. My problem is that my psychiatrist tells me that I will need to take meds for the rest of my life. Right now she has me on Wellbutrin and Effexor. Everytime I go to see her I ask for help to get off the medications but she tells me that I really need them. Also, she has increased my dosage several times. This has me worried. I know I can't just stop taking my meds because of the warnings (stopping suddenly might cause seizures).

Is it possible that I will need meds for the rest of my life or is my doctor a pill pusher? I should add that I have attempted suicide twice and recently have been very down, but not suicidal. I am concerned about taking drugs for such a long time. Is there a danger of them causing physical problems?

ANSWER:

    Tina Reed, MA, LPC

Dear Herzilein:

Unfortunately, some mental health patients do need to be on medication for the rest of their lives, just as some patients with physical ailments such as Diabetes. And yes, it is possible to become addicted to some of these drugs. I suggest that you follow the advice of your doctor. Doctors have the necessary training and experience in pharmacology to guide you in such decisions. It may also be helpful to discuss your concerns with your doctor. Let her know that you have concerns about addiction and lifetime usage. She should be able to ease your fears.

God bless,

Tina Reed, MA, LPC

This question was answered by Tina Reed, MA, LPC. Tina is a licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois, and is also certified by the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice.For more information visit: http://members.tripod.com/~mothereagle/Therapy.html

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