Hey guys, I was listening to the show yesterday and it just so happens that you were talking about Robin Williams' recent passing and how his medicine may have lead to it. I normally don't speak out on this, but it hits close to home. A couple years ago I was talking my anti-depressants and that mixed with events going on in my life caused me to have suicidal thoughts. It got to the point where it was all I was thinking about. I had never felt so low in my life.
At the time I had just started Prozac for anxiety. Not depression. As the thoughts and temptations became stronger, I'd force myself to stay in my room where I knew I couldn't hurt myself. My dad had just passed away and I didn't want to put my family through another loss. After a couple months of fighting these thoughts, I was told by my bishop that it could be from my medicine. I decided to go cold turkey. You can't really do that with Prozac. So now not only was I suicidal, but I became extremely angry toward s everyone and everything. It didn't take much to set me off. That is completely out of character for me. In the mean time I had a regular doctors appointment and she asked me if I had any suicidal thoughts, or thoughts of hurting others. I told her I had and she changed my medication.
It was as if a switch had been flicked. The thoughts I had been struggling with and the anger were gone. Just as if nothing had happened. I never believed that medicine could do such a thing until I had to live through it and overcome it. I really think that people should be more aware of these side effects.
You guys are awesome!