I've read a lot of posts on here, and just surfing the web read a lot of other issues people have had with SSRI's. And I almost think we need to ban together and stress to drug companies, doctors and other people that may be taking them how terrible that treatment is!!! I think a lot of us have been or were misdiagnosed as just being depressed, given the wrong medications and were thrown into a chemically induced bipolar state! In 2001 after taking Paxil (an SSRI) for several years I told my doctor from the beginning that I wasn't getting any better and I didn't want to take it anymore. She tried several times to ween me off it, and then she would up the dosage again because things were getting worse. Well of course they were! For one, I was on the wrong medication for an illness that she and several other dr's failed to diagnose and 2 Paxil has SEVERE withdrawl effects! Finally I got to about 20mg of Paxil, I hoped I would be off it soon but I was the worst I had ever been. The night before my 21st birthday I overdosed on Pain medications and sleeping pills. I was admitted to a phyciatric facility and the first thing the doctors there did was up my dosage to 40MG!!!! Even after the suicide attempt and after I told them how bad I was doing. On this dosage I would shake uncontrolably, which isn't good when you work in the dental field! I nearly lost my job in addition to my mind and decided to take things into my own hands. I was sick of hearing doctors giving me more pill and more bad advice. So this may not have been smart but I weened myself off Paxil myself, found a doctor who actually cared and diagnosed me correctly. Upon the proper diagnosis I was told that and SSRI is THE WORST MEDICATION for anyone with bipolar disorder. But that often doctors will prescribe them to find out if it's just clinical depression or bipolar. Can you believe this! These doctors are playing with our lives, and I for one am not going to stand for it anymore! Paxil has been proven to lead people to suicide and homicide!!! I know this for a fact because thanks to a class action lawsuit against Paxil and Glaxo Smith and Kline Paxil is now required to actually let people know of the severe side effects of the drug in addition to the devistating side effects due to withdrawl. I know this was long, and if you made it through, thanks so much for reading. But I really do feel that Dr's are either not educated enough or just don't care. So band together my fellow Bipolar's and stay educated and educate others!!!
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