Our expert says:
Never accept pressure from any ignorant non-professional person, father or otherwise, to take or not take any medicine recommended by a shrink or doctor for any good reason.
It is weak NOT to take any medicine one needs, and NEVER weak to take treatment that is needed and properly expertly recommended.
If you've seen someone at Tara, they should have made a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, and should have discussed this with you.
The cost of your private visit does sound high, and she should NOT have taken phone-calls or any interruptions during your session. Some drug companies may at times seem unscrupulous in how they promote some drugs, but usually there's no motivation to do so with a really old drug like prozac. Tara, being liked to the Wits medical school, should inded be able to give you access to a proper specialist psychiatrist.
You shouldn't be physuically resistant to prozac bu now ( and you're wise, by the way not to just suddenl;y stop mit on your own without proper guidance from a doc ) but there are many newer antidepressants which might suit you better. Properly chosen, such ADs can help with social anxiety, too.
Counselling / psychotherapy of the CBT format is shown by good research to be effective in depression, anxiety and a bunch of other disorders, without taking forever
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