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    Default INTJ's on anti-depressants

    I was diagnosed with chronic depression about a year ago. The medication has reduced my anxiety to the point where I'm very nonchalant about things (very unlike my usual INTJ self). I find myself not caring so much about perfection or deadlines or quality (shock!). But this reduction in anxiety helps me deal with my depression.

    I feel that underneath it all I'm still an INTJ, but I wonder if the medication is making more INTP? Can medication temporarily change personality type?

    The medication is a blessing and a curse at the same time. I love being able to not care! But then I feel disappointed in myself for not caring enough! ugh...

    Has anyone else experienced this?

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    the medication may have balanced your J but you probably still have the same cognitive functions.

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    I have this ongoing debate with my therapist. Although I slightly favor the E side I can very much slip into the tunnel vision and extreme focus of an INTJ. For me this is when I am at my most creative. My therapist however thinks it is a slight form of obsessiveness that could be regulated with medication. I asked her if it would weaken my natural gifts for focused creativity and she said it would but in her opinion it would be worth it to be more balanced. I called bullshit and told her she was going to have to come up with a more convincing argument for why I need it.
    I am no expert but my experience has shown me that N types quite possibly are misdiagnosed more often than others by therapists. When an ENxx is at their most creative they are sometimes seen as slightly manic while an INxx is depressed. This is my theory anyway and I'm sticking to it. It all really boils down to whether or not the trade-off is worth it to you.

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    Also, be aware that not caring about that which you truly do not care for is a relieving side effect of the meds, but it can also decrease your desire to care about things you DO care about.

    For instance, my wife was on SSRIs for 18 months and during that time I basically barely existed in her life. The fact that the meds DID NOT help her anxiety/depression is why she stopped them.

    In your case, you seem to be getting relief from the meds, and for that I am happy for you, seriously. I just want to throw out the other end of that spectrum as someone who was affected by it in a similar experience. Just be sure to pay attention to that which you love, especially people.

    Good luck and take care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thescientist View Post
    I was diagnosed with chronic depression about a year ago. The medication has reduced my anxiety to the point where I'm very nonchalant about things (very unlike my usual INTJ self). I find myself not caring so much about perfection or deadlines or quality (shock!). But this reduction in anxiety helps me deal with my depression.

    I feel that underneath it all I'm still an INTJ, but I wonder if the medication is making more INTP? Can medication temporarily change personality type?
    You are not an INTP, you are a sedated INTJ.

    In turn, a P can have OCD, without turning into a J.

    I think it is a big conception to assossiate mental illnesses with mbti types.
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    I don't think that "drive" is what differs an INTP from an INTJ.

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    Is anxiety a common INTJ thing?

    I don't think you've altered your basic personality. It's still there... Hopefully you can get through these problems and get off the medication sooner, rather than later.

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    Medication becomes a crutch quickly. Therapy and self exploration into your issues should be the first line of defense, only falling back on medication when you truly need it. And even then you should not use it for long-term.

    That said, I knew an INTJ who was diagnosed bipolar and was tossed around on medications. He ultimately ended medication because they never worked for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Decline View Post
    Medication becomes a crutch quickly. Therapy and self exploration into your issues should be the first line of defense, only falling back on medication when you truly need it. And even then you should not use it for long-term.

    That said, I knew an INTJ who was diagnosed bipolar and was tossed around on medications. He ultimately ended medication because they never worked for him.
    I never even realized I was chronically depressed, because I'd been this way for so long. I was very skeptical and hesitant about taking meds, but my depression got to a point where it was spiraling out of control. I was feeling like a failure all the time (especially by my high standards), not eating, excessively obsessing about information (and feeling like an addict!), etc, not to mention a recent breakup exacerbated the depression even more. So I turned to meds...

    I remember the first 2 days on the meds. I could not believe how "normal" I felt. I didn't have this anxious need to perfect everything, to obsessively take in every last bit of information. I even felt like I was less critical about things...more positive. I had NEVER felt this way before in my entire life, which is why I continued taking the meds.

    I still fall into depression every now and then, but the anxiety is not there. I've become a lot less organized, caring less at work about things, just unusually care-free...I dunno. I kinda miss my high standards and perfectionist ways. I still excel at what I do, I just feel disorganized in most aspects of my life right now.

    Eventually I want to wean off the meds, just not sure when the time is right. I find that problems that come up will depress me quite quickly and easily.

    Anyway, just my personal experience and was wondering if other INTJ's on SSRI's experienced similar feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenocyde View Post
    Is anxiety a common INTJ thing?
    I would be interested to know this as well...Are we prone to have high levels of anxiety?

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