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Posted 6/5/14 , edited 6/5/14

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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. :/



Neither did my fluoxetine. For the first week I never felt anything different (aka, feeling absolutely zero reason to get out of bed and continue life) It took a couple weeks before I really started to feel everything nullifying and what was once depressing me no longer had much of an affect. If after a bit you're still not feeling any nullification, don't be afraid to talk to who ever prescribed you the citalopram and tell them that you don't think it's helping. The worst thing you can do is continue down a path because you think it's what you should be doing. You gotta be confident about it.

This was how it was for me and it might be the same for you: The anti-depressants are there to help, not to fix. One of the #1 most helpful fixes that got me through what felt like permanently ingrained depression was meeting new people and having someone to talk to about it even if just as an ear.
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Yeah, i find it makes me super hungry after taking it. It makes me crave sweets and carbs. I gained about 4-7 pounds when i first took it, but i started to up the amount of time i spend in the gym to compensate for it.
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It also made me drugged up too. *thinking* Maybe that was Genedon that did it.
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As as Psychiatrist to be, ALL of My Professors have regarded Me AGAINST them. While Benzodiazepines, and Barbiturates may be Addictive, the research into SSRI's (Antidepressants - Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) and MAOI's (Monoamine oxyidase inhibitors) since the middle of the 1980s, has PROVEN that Antidepressants do FAR more harm than good. Nootropics are being used far more often these Days for the treatment of Depression, as well as synthetic Serotonin injections by Doctors with the knowledge to actually be swayed from a FAR WORSE opinion and decision, in using the SSRI's. It's a good start, but this is actually part of what My Psychiatric thesis is going to concern, so thanks for making this Thread.

Also remember, if ANYTIME You MISS a Dose of Your Antidepressant, or take it at the wrong time of Day, even ONCE...You have to start the Dosing of it COMPLETELY OVER again. Even if You have been taking it for Years...ONE missed Dose, and the whole "treatment" figuratively falls apart. So stay away from them if You can, Crunchyrollers. And that's going to be part of MY Hippocratic oath, when I take it, to TREAT the PATIENT, NOT the Drug companies. And again, I realize that some of the other Options ARE and CAN BE Addictive. But used in MODERATION, those other options work out MUCH BETTER in the long run than Medications, that have been studied so profusely and recognized that little or no good whatsoever comes from their Use.

Here's a link for You to read from the National Institute of Health. And this was published almost 6 Years ago.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2582668/

Love You Guys and stay well! <3
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anti-depressants ... are in the end only taken by someone that is 'self-medicating' (institutionalization differed) - no one forces pills down a throat other than the person taking them ... so it doesn't really matter what a doctor thinks

but there is also an intelligence curve - some people have the ability to read and find the correct dosage -making meds work with trial and error

some people need to be told what to do .. these people are called //tools

and some people just dont have the time to deal with looking it up -> see a doctor

some people cant afford anti-depressants ( the people that need them cant afford them -^for real^- ) --- street pills anyway they can get them

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Coming from someone who had to take medication for ADHD, and anit-depressants to counteract the side effects of said medicine, it sucks.
REALLY SUCKS. I can in no way explain how it makes you feel, other than as if your will to live was destroyed.

The cure for depression does not lie in drugs, but rather experience. Depression is something that is often rooted to lack of a changing environment or no sense of fulfillment, and honestly, a cure to most cases is obvious. All a person needs is the motivation to keep going on to reach a certain goal, no matter what it is.
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my experiance had not been good. been on some type or other of meds for 15 year now. for me, they supress parts of my personality. it numbs my depression, but not enough. it also dampens other things, like caring about what happens.
i really hate the meds. its a hack at best.
im pretty resistant to meds anyways. the side effects suck at best. weight gain, constipation, direaha, voices, ED, emotional flatlining, staring at the wall for hours, suicidal thoughts, mania, weekly blood draw, dental pain, exhaustion, the list goes on.

these meds will kill you eventually. its just takes much longer to kill you than the depression does.
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Antidepressants can be of use but they are a blunt instrument rather a surgical one, they can effect far more than your emotional state. You can experience a wide variety of side effects, trembling, insomnia(which may require other meds so you can sleep),dizziness, dry mouth(very bad for your teeth), headaches, possibility of suicidal thoughts, weight gain or loss, increased risk of seizures and maybe worst of all sexual side effects. Be careful with your choice of psychiatrists some will throw the pharmacy at you, if they start giving you a wide variety of meds maybe you need to move on to another. That being said you will likely have to try several antidepressants to find the one that works best for you.
These drugs should never ever be made OTC. You might want to try a psychologist first, before your brain is chemically rewired.
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Hmmmm...I've been on anti-depressants for a few years and I feel confident they helped me. I don't think I've ever had any negative side effects and I can say I was pretty psychologically and emotionally fucked up. Recently I lowered my dosage to a non-therapeutic one and am slowly getting off it. I don't think they are for everyone and they aren't going to save you, you have to make a conscious decision to fix your life. They are really a last resort however and should only be prescribe by a trained professional. Every body has to make their own decision to get on it and should think hard about the choice. Don't listen to people who day you should never use them as they do work for some people such as me. I am glad I took them and I am glad I am now getting off them. I am now a functional and fairly happy human being and anti-depressants have helped.
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I was on Prozac for a bit. It really just made me ... not care in general, and then eventually bleed from the stomach a few months later. And Atavan but that's not a AD. I don't think it helped at all.

I believe a good AD not matter what it is, natural, illicit, synthetic ...etc should just make a person not dwell on negative emotion, thus letting them function and still feel the urgency of day to day demands, without being "crushing"
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Clomipramine hydrochloride seems to work for Obsessive Compulsive traits. Still, depression is still there. Plus, all the other emotions feel kind of dull now. Even when I'm not depressed I feel sort of numb. Not that I mind. I've gotten used to it.
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Most U.S anglo-Americans are all on anti-depression...feckun weird... that or they're on ADHD meds like adderalls and concerta's. Most are probably healthy , but ehhh... I guess they cant "handle it"....
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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:
Also remember, if ANYTIME You MISS a Dose of Your Antidepressant, or take it at the wrong time of Day, even ONCE...You have to start the Dosing of it COMPLETELY OVER again. Even if You have been taking it for Years...ONE missed Dose, and the whole "treatment" figuratively falls apart. So stay away from them if You can, Crunchyrollers. And that's going to be part of MY Hippocratic oath, when I take it, to TREAT the PATIENT, NOT the Drug companies. And again, I realize that some of the other Options ARE and CAN BE Addictive.

Funny, I picture you in the future prescribing someone suffering from depression to go watch some freaking anime. Then they come a few days later, totally addicted. When the guy goes back into withdrawals, you say to him "you missed a day of treatment didn't you? You have to start all over again sorry"

Anime is indeed a very addicting cure for depression as any
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A little background info: I've had depression for 10 years, and I was diagnosed with anxiety 4 years ago. I have never agreed to take anti-depressants or any form of medication. I've been through CBT but stopped seeing my Psychologist early last year because there was no progress and I was sick of wasting money to see them.

I don't believe there is any point in writing a full blown response with my opinions. The fact of the matter is that whether anti-depressants, much like a lot of other forms of medication, work or not is circumstantial.There are a number of different factors that contribute to the success or failure of using anti-depressants, as well as the extent of the patient's condition. It has helped people in the past, whereas others had no success with it.

To me, things like anti-depressants enable the patient to become reliant - much like one would with alcohol and/or drugs. You begin to rely on it, that's why my mum never let me accept prescriptions for anti-depressants and other medication, not once in the past 10 years. She would rather me get through this naturally, then allow me to become dependent on something like that. My mum is a scientist, so I put a lot of trust in what she says.

Additionally, people need to educate themselves. I can't even tell you how many people think "Oh, I've been diagnosed with depression, this is the be all and end all". There are SO many other medical conditions (hell, even little things can upset your bodies balance and cause things severe such as anxiety and depression) that increase the risk of, stimulate or heighten depression in individuals. Go get your blood taken and tested thoroughly because it could be that you have something like Thyroidism and taking medication to rectify your Hypo or Hyperthyroidism may well alleviate all symptoms that cause you to feel depressed, or make recovery a smoother process if you've ignored the possibility of outside influences for a prolonged period of time.

Note: My brother was prescribed medication for ADHD and anti-depressants a few years ago (he was around 21 then so he went to the Doctors and agreed to it, if my mum had been there she, again, would not have agreed). You know what the result was? He was angry. He was always very angry. You know when he started showing signs of progression? When he stopped taking them, it's been a few years and he has learned through experience and has grown as a person to a degree I never imagined possible when I think back to how he behaved whilst he was on that medication.
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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:
Also remember, if ANYTIME You MISS a Dose of Your Antidepressant, or take it at the wrong time of Day, even ONCE...You have to start the Dosing of it COMPLETELY OVER again. Even if You have been taking it for Years...ONE missed Dose, and the whole "treatment" figuratively falls apart. So stay away from them if You can, Crunchyrollers. And that's going to be part of MY Hippocratic oath, when I take it, to TREAT the PATIENT, NOT the Drug companies. And again, I realize that some of the other Options ARE and CAN BE Addictive.

Funny, I picture you in the future prescribing someone suffering from depression to go watch some freaking anime. Then they come a few days later, totally addicted. When the guy goes back into withdrawals, you say to him "you missed a day of treatment didn't you? You have to start all over again sorry"

Anime is indeed a very addicting cure for depression as any


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