my friend's psychiatrist told her she will have to take anti-depressants for all her life and she is not happy about it because she was blinking a lot after Clopixol .she doesn't want to take pills all her life

It depends on why your friend

It depends on why your friend is taking the antidepressants. Most people who take anti-depressants are suffering from depression or anxiety disorders (e.g. OCD) and do not necessarily take them forever. Disorders such as these ebb and flow and can be treated via other venues such as behavior therapy and other non-pharmaceutical means.

The drug you mentioned, Clopixol is not actually an antidepressant, but is actually an antipsychotic medication belonging to a group of medications called thioxanthene neuroleptics. Clopixol is used to treat schizophrenia and the manic phase of bipolar as well as other disorders of emotional reactions and thinking.

So it sounds as though your friend is taking something more than just antidepressants and probably has a fairly severe mental illness. Unfortunately for disorders such as schizophrenia permanent usage of medication is often necessary. But for such severe mental disorders dealing with medication and its side effects almost always outweighs the symptoms of the disorder, which can wreak major havoc on their lives and the lives of those close to them.

If your friend is having a bothersome side effect she needs to speak to her psychiatrist immediately. There are many different medications one can try for most mental disorders, so if one medication isn’t working or is causing severe distress, there is likely another your friend can try, or she can take another medication to counteract the side-effects.

Best of luck,
Dr. Williams

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist specializing in OCD

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