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So there seems to be a lot of stigma in society and in the media today surrounding and revolving around anti-depressants and their prescribed uses. Some people see them as horrible regardless of their good effects, other people see them as amazing regardless of their bad effects. There's also the people who actually WANT to take them, seeing absolutely no problems associated with their use, and think that they can both diagnose and treat themselves for "depression".

I want to know how the users of Crunchyroll feel about anti-depressant medication. I feel that they should only be prescribed by a medical professional once you have been diagnosed with a mental disorder which makes him/her believe you need medication to deal with it. I don't think they should be over-the-counter, and I think a lot of people miss the detrimental effects they can have (side effects like deeper depression, nausea, insomnia, fatigue and reduced sex drive).

Wow, this is getting a bit too deep. Have any of you experienced anti-depressants and want to share your story of their usage, or just want to argue their effectiveness having heard of them from other people?
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They don't help anyone to my knowledge.
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Never used anti depressant's I used to suppress my depression/sorrow with alcohol at one point but now if I ever feel "blue" I try to use those emotions to do something productive. I don't think they should be sold over the counter people will abuse the hell out of them esspecially teens.
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I've been on antidepressants for most of my life, they don't do shit.
And yeah they definitely shouldn't be over the counter
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I grew up with dysthymia until I was about 18 years old. The only reason why I'm no longer in a chronically depressed state as I grew up to know was because of the fluoxetine that was prescribed to me. I would even say there was a good chance I wouldn't be alive if it weren't for those pills.

The thing about anti-depressants is that they nullify depression. They don't make you happy about living. They simply make you neutral about it all. I wouldn't say someone could just decide by themselves if they should be using anti-depressants or not and it should be up to a professional in the field much like the person that prescribed my fluoxetine.

It's not something you Want to keep using because they keep you from being happy in the same way that they keep you from being depressed. Anti-depressants are not something to be taken lightly because if you didn't need them in the first place, then they could very well cause depression.
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I know some people that got great help from it and nowadays are happy, but i also know a lot of people that got hooked into it and fall off the rails and become pill poppers, also my friends tell me that they just numb you, they don't make you any happier, especially nowadays where you get perscribed a shit ton of meds over silly things, so my best advice to anyone going through depression is to try and get better without the meds at any cost, exercise, ask a really close friend that won't tell other people to slowly introduce you to a social group, if noone of those work, psychedelic drugs like Ibogaine that have a ridiculously high percentage of getting rid of drug/alcohol addictions, society tries to hide those type of treatments because the pharmaceutical companies profit a lot more if you become a pill head, instead of doing a psychedelic once and heal all your emotional scarrs and adictions in a single day.
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I take anti-depressants and anti-psychotics.

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I don't like them, due to the scary side effects. I used to take Lexapro when I was misdiagnosed with clinical depression, when I was really going through the mourning process. I was also taking Focalin for ADD, which has worse possible side effects than Lexapro (death if I take it on an empty stomach is one of them). Since I didn't need Lexapro, it induced depression. Since anti-depressants and anti-ADD tend to be a bad mix, I couldn't safely drive and I had bouts of vertigo. I ditched them and fired my former psychiatrist after I turned eighteen, and I'm now taking something much safer.
Also, Lexapro is now known as one of those anti-depressants that cause horrendous birth defects.
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I think you (OP) have it about right.

I was diagnosed when I was 15 with depression and I've been on medication since.

Now some people's problems with medication don't just come from abuse, but rather the idea that people should be able to overcome depression without the medication. Good for the people that can, it's a struggle, though I'm of the belief they have dysthymia rather than chronic depression. Dysthymia is a milder version of depression, and therefore, easier to overcome.

But the topic is medication.

Personally, I think there should be some element of self-diagnosis, because otherwise unless there's physical symptoms it may not be obvious that a person has depression. In high school, all my peers were surprised when they found out, since I kept my grades at at least a B or B+. Sure a parent can drag their child to the doctor for the diagnosis, but what about when a person is an adult? The person has to have some idea that there may be depression to be diagnosed or their friends convince them, but the person DOES have to admit there is a problem so... kind of difficult

That being said, self medicating is a no-no. I admit, I have tried my mom's medication... at her urging usually, and it's milder things that aren't addictive, I would never try her depression medication.

Some people are skeptical that it actually works... *shrugs* I can see that. There may not really be any noticeable differences in behavior on or off it. In theory though, it DOES work. And I find for me, they do work.

And other people dislike this and similar medicines because it suppresses their thinking or something. With ADHD when you're used it it, I can see it. With depression... It's a lot easier to be positive and to think that way. I haven't had any bad side effects either. In the end, everyone experiences it differently... and if it makes me think differently in a way I don't like... I think that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

I've accidentally gone off of my medication before. Now, I didn't really feel much different. But then I started to notice things. Things that would annoy me instead upset me. Things that would upset me instead made me 'freak out'. Things that made me freak out instead made me break down... and so on. It's not a huge difference... but it made life a lot more difficult.

I may never go off my medicine, I don't know. I know that emotionally in the last year I have improved a lot, but I'm not confident enough to go without medication, and if I have to take it the rest of my life... so be it. I prefer this to the mess that I am without it right now.

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...People are saying it makes people feel numb and not happy... Uh... then I must be unusual because I'm actually very happy with my boyfriend right now and with many things in my life. I never actually felt numb on any of the medication I tried before settling on amitriptyline. I think that's the weirdest thing I've ever heard and not one doctor or person I know who's been on medication has described it that way. (and that includes about half my family).
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Yeah, I've been depressed my whole life and recently prescribed citalopram and it's not done much yet, but it's been only 8 days. I'm hoping they help but they've only made me worse now. :/
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I've always been under the impression they do more damage than good. I know someone who takes them, but she has trouble functioning at her job routinely due to them, and is always going back to the doctor to get a different brand/strength/etc.

Guess everyone reacts differently, but I've seen more bad cases than good.

I also think depression has got to be one of the toughest to diagnose. I think there's a lot of misdiagnosing with it.
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I used to use prozac, but it actually made me pretty depressed. It could also be due to the fact that i am also taking Concerta, Seroquel and Welbutrin (cant spell that last one), but anti depressants never really made me feel any better. To be quite frank, i dont find anything wrong with taking them, IF they do help you. However, just like any other medication, they can be just as much of a detriment to your overall health as much as a benefit to your mental health. While i was taking prozac i was often extremely tired and irritable. But that could also be due to many of factors, possible over exercise from my extreme physical training at the time, or maybe from stress from everyday life.

No one should take those medications unless they are given a prescription to due so. Taking those kinds of medications without seeking actual MEDICAL input and advice, is stupid and reckless. Those kinds of medications can do alot more damage then most people actually know about, and if your not being watched by a psychiatric physician during your first few weeks of adjusting to the medication, your entire personality can change without you even noticing. (My personality changed a bit during my experience with that medication and that was another reason my therapist took me off of it)
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Thank you for your post (adding in the last part, especially). Considering I am going to a psychiatrist very soon about anxiety and depression, this thread REALLY interests me. I've struggled with depression all my life (ever since middle school years and a little bit younger). Then when IWhen I got into High School it got pretty bad. I was quiet, had extreme anxiety and didn't talk to anyone, and that led to a deeper depression. Then after a year of that I overcame it for a while (although deep down it was still there). So in my last year of high school my anxiety 'came back' and I wasn't able to suppress it. Then came the depression and even more anxiety. I've been struggling with it for years now. I've finally had enough and am going to seek help. I just don't want to live with this anymore without trying everything i can. Trust me, I've tried for years to 'mentally' overcome it and put myself in social situations and keep busy. But for some reason being around people would depress me even more and staying busy didn't help, considering I would still get depressed after like an hour of staying busy. Basically, thank you for your post because after reading the,"oh my gosh this medication numbs you" I kinda started getting sad. I'm not saying those people are wrong or bad for putting that, it is just nice to see someone else had a different experience. Thank you and thank you to everyone else for their input as well lol.
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I took Seroquel years ago and I gain weight because it. I'm taking Wellbutrin on.
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I'm glad I could help. I had some similar issues with high school, and it's not a fun time to be depressed. But do monitor your health after you start taking it, it may take a while to find a medicine just right for you.

Another thing that could help is, if you can, get a pet. I still live with my mom and step dad, and a few months ago, they adopted a dog and a cat. It's a lot easier to be active, to move, and to not be depressed with a dog trying to get you to play and licking your face. It's certainly helped me. I also once read a story in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book where a woman overcame anorexia because of her dog.
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