Re: Did prozac make you manic permanently?
I'm like Mowgli, the anti-s were very bad for me. I was on them for 7 years and being a 100% compliant patient and not knowing any better, I kept taking what I was prescribed. My whole life (and believe me I am not exaggerating) when down the drain and early last year I nearly died as a result. I came to a town mdi-last year and was lucky enough to find a psych who picked what was wrong really soon. All SSRI's are lethal for me. I WISH I HAD HAD DIALOGUES LIKE THIS THREAD YEARS AGO, AND WOULD HAVE KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND STOPPED IT!!!! I am an assertive consumer of mental health services, but I didn't know I was being prescribed nearly to death. I was being "chemically engineered" to end myself. (not deliberately by the psychs I saw of course - there was a whole other dynamic going with them I now know).
I asked this exact question of my psych the last time I saw him - do the SSRI's cause permament damge to the organic nature of the brain - chemicals imbalances etc. He said no and I believe him - he is an excellent diagnostician. But for someone like me, for whom SSRI's are CONTRAINDICATED, the long term damage is in the realm of the Plastic Brain, ie, we have been forced to be so extremely mentally ill for such a long time, it changes the pathways in the brain and, certainly in my case, I was suicidal every day for YEARS, that it is taking a monumental effort to change those REAL tracks which have been laid down in the brain. I, frankly, don't know if I ever will recover enough to be functional and peaceful, this stuff could definitely still do me in, but I am working through meds changes and adjustments as well as being neck down in very rigorous and difficult therapeutic strategies (very hard, very tiring). I hope this all makes sense.