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I'm a 61 year old male, very fit physically and on no medication. A recent event has caused me to become anxious and depressed (I've had anxiety and lowness issues at times for years).
I saw my GP today, having decided that I need to confront some major issues that have really blighted my life in some ways for more than 50 years, of which the very traumatic ending of my parent's marriage at a critical stage in childhood was just one.
Just having someone else know about things (I gave her a written account to read because I felt I'd be too overwrought to tell her verbally) has made me feel a bit better. (Yesterday I rang the Samaritans before I could decide how open to be with the GP, being worried about her being unsympathetic).
The GP was actually really kind and said she was amazed I'd been able to hold things together for so long in the way I had, bottling things away for so long. She is referring me for counselling which she says I could find very hard, and she has prescribed Setraline 50mg/day.
I've now read the leaflet and don't know whether to take them or not. It lists insomnia as a common side effect. Insomnia is something that has helping get me into my current state, I think, something I don't handle at all well. Moreover, I have never seen a more horrendous list of possible side effects, quite a few of which are things I'm prone to (eg dry mouth, swallowing anxiety). I know that she is very keen for me to take them, but I don't know what to do.
I would be very grateful for reassurance from anyone who gets on OK with this medication. I'm to see the doctor again in 3 weeks time.
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