I've read through most of the depression threads on here and found a lot of the information to be useful, but I guess I'm just looking for some input from anyone who has knowledge or experience with depression or anti-depressant medication.
Here's the situation: I'm 18 years old and a freshmen in college. Over the past year or so I have started to become very depressed and began seeing a therapist on a weekly basis. My therapist believes that I am so depressed because I have Social Anxiety Disorder, which i have as the result of my abusive mother. She strongly recommends that I start to take medication for it, which is where I need some advice.
Many of the side effects of these medications make me pretty worried. I have read that they can actually make depression worse and can increase thoughts of suicide. They can also cause unwanted weight gain and lower testosterone levels. Obviously being just 18 years old, it is a good time to make some great gains in the gym, but im concerned that this medication will affect my gains. I realize that mental health may be more important then adding some weight to the bar, but I'm still unsure whether the reward outweighs the risk when it comes to medication.
I will obviously talk to a professional about it and go from there, but I just wanted to hear some thoughts from anyone who has had experience with depression or had success or failure with anti-depressant medication.