I am 22, Do I really need to be on Paxil?
2 weeks ago, in the wake of feeling down from the death of my close Uncle, fights with my online "pen pals", and general malaise and disappointment for the past 2 years, I took it upon myself to see a Doctor.
I feel like I made a mistake. Instead of going to a therapist first, I went to a psychiatrist. She immediately prescribed 2 weeks of Paroxetine (Paxil) (10mg) and Buspirone HCL (Buspar) (5mg) for depression and anxiety. She recommended seeing a therapist as well, whom I am meeting with soon.
I am 22. I've consulted a Priest. I've read "self help" books. I will go see the Therapist. But I feel that being on the pills, the Paxil more than anything, is preventing me from being a "normal" 22 year old male.
Any of you out there of a similar age going through or have gone through a similar phase?
I do not want to be on drugs for the rest of my life. What should I do?
I did fine when I was in counseling provided by my university from 2005 - 2006.
I went through a bad "break up", graduation, moving home, finding a job, leaving that job for a new one, the loss of a family member, and letting people take advantage of me.
So, I don't think drugs can solve those situations. I do think therapy is the way...
But what do you all think?