Posted by Iansf on November 16, 2004, at 0:11:00
In reply to Re: I'm brain dammaged and dying » linkadge, posted by jerrympls on November 15, 2004, at 22:45:34
> > Thats the thing, I responded perfectly for about 3 years, then slowly I stop responding to everthing.
> > Linkadge
> I'm forced to agree with Linkadge. I responded really well 13 years ago for about 4 months then everything went down hill from there. 13 years later, you'd think there'd be something more advanced - but now my doctors are to the point where they're recommending brain surgery as my last best hope.
Still, that's not necessarily everyone's experience. I started taking antidepressants 16 years ago and none of this has happened to me. I have changed meds several times because of side effect profiles, but never because the drug stopped working and never because there was anything to suggest I was being seriously or permanently damaged. On the other hand, I suspect I would have committed or at least attempted suicide had meds not been available. I know quite a few others who have used psych meds for many years whose experiences match mine. And the only person I know with identifiable brain damage - and very serious brain damage - is someone who was not on meds and attempted suicide but survived.
I'm not challenging your statements about your own personal experiences, merely refuting the claims that these things inevitably happen to everyone. They definitely do not. I'm very sorry they happened to you and I wish you success in both returning to normal physically and in overcoming the problems that prompted you to take meds to begin with. It's certainly worthwhile to caution people about the possibility of negative outcomes, but it's not wise to make blanket assumptions based on your own experiences.