i have to say that antidepressants SAVED MY LIFE. this is correct. i was in college and about to commit suicide. i called my doctor to prescribe something. i told him i had anxiety (which i did too) and hoped that he would prescribe me enough sedatives so that i could off myself. fortunately he gave me some paxil instead. i've been on antidepressants now for 12 years and while i don't always feel blissfully happy i feel like my life is manageable. i am able to function. there was a point in which i stopped taking my medication because i wasn't working and i did not have health insurance. it was about 2 months and it was a very scary time. i almost immediately became consumed by depression and suicidal thoughts again. i finally got back on my meds and have not stopped taking them to this day. anyone who claims that antidepressants are merely the pharmaceutical industry trying to take advantage of us, please listen to me. they are my salvation.