There is a discussion in another thread about how these medications affect people. Some can make the user agitated, which is awful. Been there etc.. I take Cipralex 5mg at night as well as a beta-blocka and mainly cope on a day-to-day basis. Without either I would not get out of bed!
Amitriptalyene is not as far as I know an SSSR ........ so please don't knock it when comparing it with the more up-to-date medications for these conditions. Valium was given on a regular basis but the brain became used to maintenance doses so the user required more and more and it then became difficult to stop taking it without careful, supervised guidance on withdrawal.
I was given it to help facial neuralgia, it did absolutely zilch and the acute stabbing pains continued for weeks :-(.