I realize that we have a depression thread already, and thats fine and all. For this thread, I'd like to focus on the risks and benefits of antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications all to themselves.
I've been very unhappy with life for a long while. Probably the past 9 years or so, I believe. I've tried to avoid taking these sorts of things, but my family, my doctors, counselors and some friends are all pushing me in the general direction of SSRI class medications. I'm having an especially hard time of things right now.
To those who have been on these sorts of things for a long while, how much due they help you? Are they effective? What are the side effects? Is it true that suicidal tendencies increase when taking them? Do they make you happy, or merely numb? This is a subject that I've needed to understand more about in general for a long time to begin with, so the experiences of other members who utilize these medications will be a great aid towards my understanding.