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Has anyone any experience of comparing CBT/"talking therapies" with SSRIs?
I was on SSRIs for over a year until last spring. I've gradually had less and less energy since, and from this summer was aware i was becoming very irritable at work. Feelings of life being worthless suddenly hit me like a wave again a couple of weekends ago - I find myself thinking about swerving into the path of lorries while driving.. I finally managed to get back to the GP and he is suggesting that I should self-refer to a talking therapy service rather than starting antidepressants.
I'm doubtful that talking therapy will help me - the problems behind my depression aren't changable and I've spent many hours, and £ of my own in psychotherapy, counselling, and life coaching over the years: I just don't see how talking about these things again will help me. To me pills seem the only option.
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