Blog: ‘Just like insulin for diabetes’

The word was easy to read even from my vantage point, upside down from the doctor’s view. In front of her lay a sheet of paper. Across the top, she’s written “antidepressants.”

The word may have been followed by a question mark. And it was placed there because of what I’d shared. My son: didn’t like school, had few friends and seemed sorta sad. He was only ten years old. The offer came as a complete surprise.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against antidepressants. In fact, I have taken them myself.Fifteen years ago, a doctor troubleshooting gastrointestinal symptoms, prescribed me metoclopramide.

A month into the planned six-week treatment, I experienced one of its “serious side effects,” namely, thoughts of suicide. A switch flipped inside my formerly rational brain. My thinking became conspicuously different. To counteract this medication-related symptom, another doctor prescribed a tricyclic antidepressant and a benzodiazepine.

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