Hi Elizabeth, Paul and All,
Other people's reactions to those taking anti depressant medication in my experience can range from:
- what are you taking that for, just pray harder to why aren't you better, you have been taking those for a week already haven't you?
I guess the problem is our chemical makeup is so different. It is hard for the Drs to work out what is best for each person. Throw in our own characteristics and you have an interesting base to work with.
I'm also wondering if your "unfortunately" regarding your son taking medication is because he is depressed again and not so much the fact he has to take medication.
For me, medication to help my depression has been a roller coaster ride. It seems to work for a while then for no known reason it helps me go into a tail spin, or maybe it is life's circumstances that do that.
Either way, mental health issues can be confusing for all involved and any help we can receive is beneficial. So if medication works, go for it. Sometimes I just wish that something would work!
Paul, you are also lucky that medications help you to sleep! My Dr has tried so many on me, some do the opposite and keep me awake all night.
Cheers from Dools