There are side effects that accompany almost all of the psychiatric medications. Each person will experience them differently. Generally, psychiatric medications are safe but some people experience more side effects or risks than others.
Some people can tolerate the side effects. Some are barely bothered by them. Some people do not mind side effects because they feel the side effects are “worth it” because the drugs have helped so much. And some people credit medications with saving their life.
I have talked with people who feel that medications do not work at all and instead make them feel numb. They say the medication inhibits their ability to feel. The risk here is that the medication acts as a temporary “band aid” and the true source of the problem is never really examined or acknowledged.
Each person is different. Medication may work for you but the only way to know may be to try it.
There are many people who attend therapy as their only form of treatment and never feel the need to take medication. If a person is lucky enough to find a good therapist, a therapist who truly and deeply understands the nature of their psychological problems, then he or she may never need to try medications.
I would suggest that you try therapy again but this time, make the effort to find a truly good therapist. You can do this by calling around and talking to therapists over the phone to see who you click with or asking friends or family for referrals. It may take you interviewing ten or more therapists before you find one you really like. Once you have done the work to find a therapist, try attending a few sessions and discussing with him or her whether or not you need medication. I hope this helps.