The thing that bothers me about these drugs is that the longer I am on them the more my body will get addicted to them,
You won't ever become addicted, but you are probably already dependent on Zoloft (and no these are not the same thing). This is the case with many medications including antibiotics, blood pressure meds, etc, even supplements such as vitamin C. Take it at highish doses for a while and you may experience rebound scurvy if you quit it cold-turkey.
and my brain is changing
Yes, it it is. Which is a good thing. Chronic stress kills brain cells in the hippocampal regions of the brain and prevents new ones from growing. This is thought to be the biological basis of anxiety and depression. Antidepressants reverse this damage
by encouraging new brain cells to grow, survive and forge new interconnections. This is why antidepressants take several weeks to kick-in.
Studies show that Sertraline is one of the hardest antidepressents to get off of.
No it isn't. It is usually one of the easier ones, especially compared to paroxetine and venlafaxine.
Ever read this book? This famous psychologist has shown me the horrors of how much we really don't know about SSRIs.
Yes, well he would, wouldn't he. Antidepressants are bad for his business (plus there wouldn't be much money in writing books about how great antidepressants are). It is why psychologists are prone to publishing studies like the one I discuss here
. While individual psychologists demonize antidepressants and other psych drugs, for many decades their associations have been campaigning
behind the scenes for psychologist to have prescribing privileges. Peoiple have been taking antidepressants for nearly 50 years, some continually for that long (I have for 26 years at very high doses). If they were causing brain damage it would have become very obvious by now.
I'm not saying that antidepressants are the greatest thing since sliced bread, but they aren't the horror drugs you have been lead to believe either. If therapy works for you then great, but if it doesn't then antidepressants are a good alternative.
If I start tapering now will I be putting my body in danger?
Not physically, but only time will tell what psychological ramifications there may be.