i don't see street drugs any different from prescription drugs (minus the purity, etc). The laws aren't based on the effects of the drugs at all. If some street drug is another person's paxil, why not?
Not that drugs are curing me. Person3 explained it pretty well actually.
If your brain chemistry isn't unbalanced, anti-depressants do NOTHING for you.
That's why Zoloft, Paxil, and so forth are not street drugs.
They don't have an "effect" that any but the people who are ill can perceived.
So your analogy is not only faulty, it is the kind of thing that some people might believe unless it is refuted.
I think those of you who are refusing anti-depressants are in for a surprise when you finally agree to be treated with anti-depressants.
Where anyone got the idea that antidepressants have any perceptible effects to NORMAL people, I don't know.
You are evidently not normal, in that you say you have DP, which it is my personal belief is a low-intensity anxiety attack (that is, you have the mental symptoms -- I hear what you say about DP -- but you do not have the physical symptoms, which spawn additional mental symptoms of fear of imminent death, DP, and so forth).
I suggest that everyone here try antidepressants for whatever length of time your physician recommends as a fair test (sometimes 6-8 weeks, but you may have immediate relief or relief after 1-2 weeks).
You have nothing whatever to lose by trying antidepressants.
My fantasy at this moment is that someone would come along and recruit you for a "study" and PAY you to go on anti-depressants to give it a trial. I'd bet some of you would do it, then.
But, because fantasies are just that, I will just urge you to try them.
Remember, don't believe that speed is just another person's Paxil. That is false. If there were a mental health professional on this board, he or she would tell you that I am correct.
But I don't expect anyone will believe me -- after all, who the hell am I?
Do your own research and find out for yourself.
Best wishes to you all,