Hello all, I could really use your advise for those of you who have had personal experiences with taking medication for things such as depression and/or anxiety.
My doctor believes that I am struggling with some post traumatic stress after having a meeting with her a few weeks back to discuss some health issues. I've been looking into therapy, but have been quite overwhelmed with everything on my plate with school and work. My doctor offered to put me on medicine, which I was a little reluctant to agree with. My mother has been pretty anti-medicine and pro therapy, as when I was younger and was diagnosed with PTSD she offered me medication and my mother declined for me.
However, I'm interested to see if it could be a better option for me until I graduate and have time to get the help I need, that maybe the medication could hold me over. But, I am afraid of the side effects, as I've heard many horror stories of people completely changing on medicine, and I'm honestly terrified of just losing who I am, or turning into a zombie.
Is it better to go through a doctor, or a therapist (who probably also has a PHD). Does it really matter? Should I just suck it up these next few months and just wait for therapy? I'm scared to try and hold out (TW) as I've really been having to hold back thoughts of self-harm (TW END) and would prefer to try and get it sorted as soon as possible.
I guess I'll take any advise that you guys have. I'm not really sure what I'm looking for at this point, but I'll try and answer questions as we go along and hopefully I can get this worked out.