I have been taking anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety, and mood stabilizers since I was 14 years old. I’ve dealt with plenty of side effects; nausea, weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, muscle tremors, drooling, increased thirst, slurred speech, and much more. These are all short-term side effects. They are side effects that last as long as you are on the medication.

Most of these side-effects stop when you stop taking the pills, but there are also long-term side effects. I don’t know much about them, but I do know that it happens. One example is Tardive Dyskinesia, a nervous system condition that causes involuntary movements, is caused by long-term use of psychiatric drugs. I’ve started thinking about the long-term side effects recently because I realized I have been on psych meds for 17 years and it worries me. It worries me to be on any medication for 17 years because every med has both short and long-term side-effects. I have been thinking about all of this a lot recently.

2 thoughts on “Side Effects Of Psychiatric Medications

  1. Remember that some people with asthma or allergies also have to use meds their whole life to survive. My gran used psych meds her whole adult life. There are side effects with all medicine. So I guess one have to compare life with or without them. I quit my psych meds half a year ago. My husband likes me better “clean”. I think I am a lot more angry without them. Maybe you can talk to your gp/psychiatrist about this thoughts you have? 🙂

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    1. I take other meds than just my psych meds. I have asthma medication (like you said) and I also take hormone replacement therapy meds because of my hysterectomy. I have discussed this with my psychiatrist; getting off psych meds is not an option. I’m just going to have to deal with whatever side effects come along with it. Hopefully, I will pay attention so I can change meds when I start to see serious side effects starting.

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