So, my doctor prescribed Prozac, and I've been taking it for about a week now...
What's my impression of fluoxetine thus far, you ask?
THAT. That is highly accurate.
Any SSRI takes about two weeks for positive effects to fully present themselves (give or take, depending on the dosage, as well as the user's weight, medication sensitivity and how well the medicine reacts with the user's unique brain chemistry; at most, positive effects may take a full month to manifest), if they present themselves at all. Before then, it is somewhat common for depressive/negative thoughts to grow worse before they get better.
I'm in the "getting worse" phase. I've got another week to wait before positive effects show. If they haven't manifested by then, back to the doctor I go.
One side effect I've noticed already: the insomnia has returned. This is common for Prozac.
Another side effect I've noticed: my libido has increased dramatically. o_o This is NOT common for Prozac, as the expected result is either a diminishing or outright extinguishing of the libido. To say that I am pleased to have the reverse is understatement... but as I have no one around to exercise my libido with, it's all moot to begin with.
Will update this as developments occur.
ADDENDUM: My workplace may ditch health insurance soon. I know Obamacare has been defunded, but not outright defeated. Obamacare legislation adds several new fees and overhead co$ts to insurance companies, who pass those on to employers. Many employers - like Best Buy - have already gotten rid of the health insurance benefits they've previously provided to employees for free; the extra fees from insurance providers may make it simply far too expensive for them. My employer may be among the next to follow suit. We'll know within the next few months.
Should that happen, I'll have to buy health insurance on my own, and on my (VERY) meager salary, that is something I cannot afford. I'm struggling as it is; any additional bills - even one that's only $100 more than what I've already got budgeted - would be too much, and would financially break me.
However, you HAVE to have insurance now, or you face fines. As a single adult, my fine would be $325. That's one of Obamacare's legislative "screw yous" to us poor folk: health.usnews.com/health-news/…
And before you ask: No, I am not eligible for Medicare. I will be one of many Americans who will fall into the new legislation's legal gray areas and be thoroughly financially screwed. I can't qualify for Medicare; even with subsidies, I probably won't be able to pay for health insurance; I can't afford the excessively high fines for not having it. If my employer cuts health benefits (currently provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield), I'm screwed. No dinner, no date, no cuddling, no phone call after, just screwed.
To all the congresspeople, senators and legislators (Nanci Pelosi, et all) who pressured their peers into signing the Obamacare legislation into law without reading through the bloody thing first, the elites forcing this down our throats who don't have to worry about health insurance issues because they make more money than G-d: Thank you, and to Hell with you all.