Our expert says:
And what treatment is needed to relieve the chronic googling ? Remember the story of the guy who read the book Everyone's Home Doctor, and found he had the sumptoms of everything in it, except for the Preface and the Index. And he wasn't too sure about those, either.
One needs to read what one finds on the web with a pinch of salt, and to get things into proportion. There are a great many trashy sites created by people with bees in their bonnet, making wild and false and misleading claims. There are sound sites which are provided by properly qualified experts and academics, which one can take more seriously.
As regards medication side-effects remember that the regulatory authorities force drug companies to list EVERY side-effects that has been reported by people taking the drug, whether or not they are common or significant or even random. People who take placebo, an utterly inactive sugar pill, still report side-effects. Even water has really serious side-effects if you drink far too much of it. So its an issue of getting things into perspective.
Now you mention significant thoughts of suicide, which is a significant risk of having untrearted depression or bipolar disorder - and is a much more serious side-effects of non-treatment than many of the side-effects of medications. This must be taken seriousuly, by you and your doctor.
I think that before you start on the Epitec ( there are of course a number of alternative treatments that could be used ) you should make an appointment to have a long and serious chat with your psychiatrist, to reveal all your concerns including the suicidal thoughts, and frankly discuss your alternative treatments with him, and make a joint decision you will feel happier with, be it Epitec or some alternative.
Please, also, take Maria's wise and experienced viewpoint very seriously, too.
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