I agreee that depending on the person medicine is very much needed, but I also agree that some people don’t need it, and sometimes doctors just give it out like candy. My FMIL is on like 5 medications due to depression and anxiety, and well to be totally honest with you I see her a lot, and I don’t think she needs them. I do believe she has anxiety, but her pills don’t seem to be helping her at all, not even a little. She has told people this too. She doesn’t like how many she is on, and that they don’t help her feel any better, and her family doc. told her she needs to take these for the rest of her life. She has never been to a therapist either to be diagnosed for anything, but their insurance does not cover therapy. FI use to go to the same doctor and use to suffer from anxiety as well. He still gets nervous occasionally and feels like he is going to throw up and won’t eat anything if something big is happening, like a job interview, where people are going to be judging him. Well the doctor put him on anti-anxiety pills as well, aslo told him that he needs to take them for the rest of his life, well FI stopped taking them, because they didn’t help him, they made him tired, and like a zombie, and well he wasn’t an adult yet either, and I know some medicine says you shouldn’t take it if you are under the age of 18. Well after he stopped taking it, he tried to just deal with it on his own. He use to be way worse, use to be nervous about going to school, and would throw up, didn’t ever want to leave the house or would get nervous, and feel like throwing up, and now he enjoys going out and doing things, and isn’t nervous anymore. But the medicine he was on didn’t help him at all, he was still nervous and didn’t want to do anything. He hasn’t taken any pills since. He tells me that his mom is acting just like he was when he was on his medicine. She is scared to go to work, and has panic attacks because she is afraid her co-workers are judging her, and takes every little thing they say to her as a personal attack. She works in a daycare center, and if someone even just makes a helpful suggestion it hurts her feelings, because she thinks they are thinking she is dumb or something. Well then she does nothing when she gets home. She cooks a quick dinner for FFIL and then lays in bed the rest of the day, and this is on her medicine, and she was like this before her medicine. I think she needs therapy, and I feel for her, because I don’t know if she will ever get it, because their insurance doesn’t cover it. 🙂
I think it’s important for you to see a therapist as well. If the zoloft is not doing any damage, making you feel more depressed, etc. then continue taking it, but if you can see a therapist that you are comfrotable with, and think is good for you, I think you should do that and see what they think and recommend. I think going to just a regular fam. doc for depression is not enough. I mean I know they have to study some Psych classes, but I don’t think they have as much experince as a professional therapist who probably majored in Psych. Good luck with everything, and I hope you start feeling better soon.
Edit: Also FMIL might not be on the right medication, which is also why I think it’s important to see a therapist, or a very good family doctor. Her family doctor got mad at her when she wanted to stop taking some of her medicine, and told her she needs to take it, which uhm doesnt’ sound right to me. I think he should listen to her concerns, and def. think something is wrong if her medication is not helping her, not badger her and get angry and yell at her to keep taking them, and why if you know your patient has anxiety would you yell at her? I don’t think he knows what he is doing, and this is why it’s very important to see someone you feel comfortable with and you think is good.