Doctors make mistakes so the Internet is more appealing to you?
Personally I am taking Paxil, because I explained to my Doctor that I have been having trouble sleeping since my aortic dissection surgery.
I felt that the 20mgs was too strong for me and I self medicated to 10mgs and with the approval of my Doctor all is well.
Point being, if you are dissatisfied with treatment by your doctor, why would you go to the Internet for comfort in knowing that your treatment would be better?
Unless of course, for some personal reason you have a distaste for proved medical service I would recommend that you seek another Doctor before going to the Internet when it is your health that is at stake.
Not at all. I wouldn't self-medicate from the internet. I sought out discussion groups because I have known a lot of people with problems and mine is different from anyone I have ever known until I found the internet discussion groups and found out that people who have both depression and anxiety can have serious problems going on anti-depressants. I never knew that before and no doctor ever told me that specifically.
I wouldn't have said anything at all in this discussion, but I kind of wanted to warn readers that some drugs that work great for some people are disasters for others, and the doctors don't know for sure until they try them on you.
I shouldn't have said doctors make mistakes. It is a trial and error process in most cases with these meds, and most doctors do the best they can.
The only reason I said anything at all is that I don't want anyone else to go through some of the things I have been through. Sometimes you have to assert yourself with your doctors and stop taking things that are affecting you adversely and look for something more suitable.
Sometimes tranquillizers will get you over the hump, but they are really pushing the SSRI's right now for some reason. You cannot go off them cold turkey but have to taper off.