Can Pristiq (or any antidepressant) cause you to be more careless than you would be otherwise?
- 25 Sep 2011 by shanihib
- 25 September 2011
- pristiq, depression, antidepressant
I've been on it 7 months and it has been a godsend, but lately I'm doing things that I wonder if I'd do if I were not on it.
I'm functioning great at work, and the stress is no longer crippling me, but I'm noticing that I'm following my heart much more than I would normally (rather than doing what is logical.) I'm not so sure this is wise.
I'm thinking it may be the "don't sweat it" attitude that Pristiq gives you - the ability to deal with stress can also make it so that you don't worry about the negative consequences to doing something you want to do but isn't wise? Takes away self control?
I don't think it is the Pristiq per say but more likely the change in your stress and anxiety levels that are allowing you to relax and be more care free. Treating the illness of anxiety and depression is two fold. The medication elevates the mood, but you also have to learn the appropriate behavioral skills to go along with it. That is where talk therapy becomes critical along with the drug therapy. It isn't the drug necessarily causing the problem, just that you need to learn new ways of behaving because you feel better.
The fact that you recognize the "don't sweat it" attitude is a step in the right direction. Learning to monitor our behavior is a skill we have to practice. The drug can only do so much, the change in behaviors is up to us.
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