My wife started taking prozac and within a month she decided that her life was better without me. She feels that she is now having a peace of mind that she has never had and relates it to our pending divorce. After the bottom fell out of our relationship my DR put me on Paxil and I started feeling better about everything. 3 weeks later I started taking 1/2 a pill, then 1/4 pill and now have been off for 2 weeks. I want to ask the group would this help her deal with and bury her feelings enough to not want to work on our marriage? I spent the last few days reading everything I could on this and it seems I may be right. What do you think i can relate her total change of heart to this medication?
Sorry to hear about your marriage struggles. Antidepressants and cause people to react very impulsively. If you are truly depressed it's nearly impossible to do anything. Once the medication that starts to work people can make impulsive decisions because they finally have the energy and confidence to do so. This is why the risk of suicide increases when someone initially starts an AD. They may have ha de thoughts all along but now they have the energy to act.
I'm not sure if this is what caused your wife to make the decision to end the marriage but keep this in mind. Depression is crippling. I'm very sorry about the situation you are in. I wish you the best. If you still love her I would ask her to try some marriage therapy.
Let me just say I'm sorry about your marriage, you sound like you genuinely care about your wife. My sister went through a similar situation while on Prozac. That being said all you can do is ask her. There may be underlying problems that she needs to deal with concerning the relationship.
When I was on Prozac it did make me feel numb, no emotions almost angry. My theory is maybe there were problems in your relationship before. Maybe she was unhappy but not ready to divorce. Either the medication helped her have the courage to go through with it, or it made her not care anymore about trying to work it out. I am sorry you are going through this. My husband and I have been fighting a lot lately and we have came close to separating ourselves. It is overwhelmingly heartbreaking. If you love her, continue to support her and pray for her. I will pray for you both.
I'm sorry to hear about your marriage issues. I know that my reply is relatively late in this game for you, but I can relate somewhat to what you've experienced.
It's a long story, so I'll just go bottom line. I know my wife very well, and she changed when she began taking Prozac. It wasn't a complete personality, or belief system change, but the best way for me to describe it is something like her conscience was altered. There were things that she began doing (including asking for a divorce), that she never would have done if not on that drug, and she said that she had total peace in her decisions.
There's more to our story since, and if you think it might be helpful to hear it (heck, it might even be helpful for me to hear your experience), please reach out.
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