"Antidepressants wreaking havoc"

About: Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT Cheshire And Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health

(as the patient),

I had a very bad reaction to antidepressants which caused a psychotic episode which has ruined my life. Stigma and disability discrimination is really hard to take. You give up wanting a job.

Anyway, I was treated with respect and things went well at Macclesfield Hospital (although I had heard things have degenerated there - I don't know if this is true).

It is the actual way that mental illness is treated that is of concern. I have been told that the psychiatrist wants me to take these really awful antipsychotics for life - meaning I have to take them even when I am well - just for a preventative measure. I think that is really cruel and is depressing me badly. They have really nasty side effects.

I think my doctor has the right way of going about it - try and work out your own triggers to mental illness and only use the medication when you need it.

I have not yet been able to reach a target weight within good bmi since being put on antipsychotics.

Diabetes next is it?

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