I am not ashamed...
I take 20 mg of Paxil every day. If I didn't, I would be climbing the walls. I have taken Paxil for the past 5 1/2 years. Yes, I have tried to wean myself off of it a few times and at this point I am not ready to do so. I am well aware that there is a stigma attached to anti-depressants, but my sanity comes first.
I have a dear friend who has reached his breaking point. During a phone conversation this past Sunday he revealed that he has thoughts of suicide quite often. I implored him to see a counselor, to consider medication, to get help. He won't because he is afraid of what other people might think, and the thought of a future employer reviewing his medical history and seeing that he was on anti-depressants is humiliating for him.
What is more than I can bear? Two years ago I was there as my best friend buried her brother who committed suicide. I was there with her family as they viewed his body before it was cremated. I heard the gut wrenching screams of her mother as she viewed her sons lifeless body. I was there when they cleaned out his apartment. I was there and I heard countless numbers of his friends say over and over again how they wished he had sought help, gone to counseling or tried medication.
I'm here today because of the love of my family, my faith in God and a little selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor known as Paxil. Please pray that my friend seeks the help he needs.
Posted by Lindy