I recently became close to my one of my relatives, and found out that she has been on antidepressants for some 15-20 years. I feel taken aback, and slightly betrayed (is that the right word) like I haven't grown to know the real her, rather the medicated her.
I know you have these two great books and was wondering what is a tactful way of incorporating your thinking into our lives? I don't want to appear insensitive or judgmental, but there are people who are changing their lives and becoming medication-free because of your books. Are there implications with coming off of these types of meds after these years?
Cognitive behavior techniques such as thought-jamming are very helpful even if you are on anti-depressants. You will be learning coping mechanisms that make you less vulnerable to depressive episodes and will be relying less on anti-depressants to feel better. But it's not a case of either/or. The more tools you have in your pro-active kit bag, the better.
I don't know the effects of each drug but if you want to come off your medication you should do it under the care of a medial doctor. All these drugs have a chemical effect on the brain which may dump you into anxiety or depression if you quit cold turkey. . Many people do just stop taking them without undue distress. However better to be safe than sorry. A. B. Curtiss