Many people benefit from psychiatric medication, but there are pros and cons. One of the positive aspects about medication is that it can decrease the severity of your symptoms. You might have fewer mood swings and feel your emotions less intensely.
Alternatively, some people complain that medication blunts all of their emotions both good and bad. In that way, the medication might only serve as a Band-Aid for your problems and not a cure. You should read more about the pros and cons of medication by doing research and or by talking to your therapist.
You shouldn’t give up on counseling. You’ve only just started. Three sessions is just a beginning. You said that you didn’t “feel like … how I expected” but you didn’t elaborate on what you meant. Give it more time. It’s good that you’re in counseling. It is where you should be. A good counselor can teach you to correct the problems you have described.
Ideally, if you do begin taking medication, you should do it in conjunction with some form of psychotherapy. Most psychologists will work in conjunction with psychiatrists when they feel that medication would be helpful. Medication alone generally offers very limited relief. Therapy may be enough but medication can certainly be added if indicated. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle