My personal opinion about therapists and counselors is they are a waste of time and money. My psychiatrist suggested I talk to one to work out my frustrations, and I tried several times, but I found that they don't have a clue as to what we, as the mentally ill, really go through daily. They don't know how our brains work. All they know is what they read in books, but they know nothing about real life.
What I did was quit going to those people and found some groups online where there are people just like you and me who have 'been there done that' because they also suffer. We would talk about our meds and how they did or didn't work, problems we couldn't work out alone, and I found that to be a life-saving decision. I never had a therapist or counselor help me the way others who are like me have, and it's made a world of difference.
Keep in mind that this is what worked 'for me'.
Psych meds? Like you, I've had problems all my life and I've had good meds and bad. For the last 10-12 years I've been fortunate enough to have found good meds that really work well. Effexor is widely known to cause weight gain (I haven't taken it), as well as several others. Obviously the meds you've taken aren't right for you and that's where you've run into so many problems. I've had several meds that had an opposite effect that what they were supposed to have such as a med that was supposed to help me relax yet they made me hostile, so I'd call my doctor (who is great!) and he would change the type of med.
There is no reason you should have to go through any type of abuse at home or in a hospital so I strongly suggest you find a doctor who actually cares about your welfare, one who will accurately diagnose your problems, one who will actually listen to what you're saying, and one who will work with you with the meds. Please. Just because we have illnesses, we still deserve to live the best life we can.
· 8 years ago