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Sorry to hear about your friend. Sounds like he/she has a crappy doctor. A doctor is supposed to not only prescribe treatment, they also should follow up on the treatment. If the treatment isn't working the doctor should either alter the dosage, recommend a different medication, or cancel the medication entirely and try something else. Also, I mentioned that therapy is a big part of this. Anxiety and depression are often just as much psychological as they are physical problems. Thus psychiatric care is often just as important as medication.
Hope your friend gets better and maybe finds a better doctor and/or psychiatrist who can help. It helped my sister, that's for sure.
There's the fallacy. Bad doctor, not the right meds, not the right doses. It's like a kids science experiment gone wrong only there is an actual person at the other end of the 'This will do it' BS. While modern medicine is an amazing, lifesaving, life altering thing for the vast majority of people, some do not respond as intended. Some are worse off on the medication than without.
This individual has been to multiple doctors, been given legal drug after legal drug, had doses increased, decreased, meds combined with other meds and all with side effects that were at least as bad as the anxiety. This took place over years, not just a few months or a few doctors visits. Decades to be precise. Years of myself and others in their inner circle suggesting counseling and/or psychiatric treatment and they finally had their GP tell them 'Medication isn't the answer' and they listened. Off to the first psychiatrist and after one session of Q&A he goes straight to new meds. Awesome. More side effects, but we'll just adjust them because I'm so much smarter than your other docs who can't figure this puzzle out. Counseling without meds and with a counselor who'd suffered through similar issues helped, but only to the point that constant medication isn't required and they're not considering suicide. They can't work anymore. They're a shell of what they once were and they have the same shallow minded thought process about cannabis that many on this board do. 'It's illegal'. 'I'm not a druggie'. Great. The continued decline was/is related to year after year of failed treatment. Failed new wonder drugs. Failed adjustments and increased side effects. It's a horrific, painful thing to watch and I wish they'd just try someone other than modern medicine.
I apologize if this comes off as attacking, because it's not. It's frustration. The frustration of seeing someone who was a vibrant, amazing, adventurous person crippled by conventional medicine and their own body. I don't know if Gregory is in that same situation. I certainly hope not, but if he is, he should have access to alternatives and if cannabis works and he's able to function well in society and live a full life, he should be able to use it. For some one scribbled note on a prescription pad is all it takes and their life is back to normal. For some.