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I'm... no expert on anti depressants but I have to say a lot of what I've read so on this forum has surprised me

I've been seeing a lot of people saying that the medication just makes people numb and or really aren't that effective in general

I've never had to take anti depressants myself but I know a good number of people who do take them and they are some of the best people I know and they never seem numb or anything like that to me

Personally I have only ever known one person who had a negative experience with anti depressants and that was because they convinced themselves that they didn't need them then reacted badly when they cut themselves off, thankfully it wasn't anything too serious
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i used them when i was younger but they didn't do anything. i think it's usually better to not take them, but that's just my opinion. i stopped taking mine like a month after i got them prescribed.
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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.


This (The latter paragraph) is EXACTLY how I feel yet I still take the medication prescribed to me. Thanks for the message, just because I can relate 100%
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They won't work because doctors don't realise there are different kinds of depression which vary from person to person. All they can do is brand mental illnesses as if they were a virus and construct a single cure. Else scientists researching it wouldn't get funding.
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jordancharacter wrote:

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.


Mental illnesses are treated in a number of ways. Medication is one but more cautious methods like psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy usually precede it. If you're simply going through a tough time than the latter two may be a more effective and safer option (ignoring the abysmal waiting times) but if the person is mentally ill because of a chemical imbalance or a structural abnormality, you'll need to treat it in a similar way. Motivating someone whose synapses are being over or under stimulated does not make as much sense as prescribing SSRIs for example.

And to the person above, doctors don't study several years for nothing. They have courses in psychology and anyone with half a brain is aware of the varying extents of mental illness and that there is no single cure. In the case of depression, antidepressants is an umbrella term for a range of medicines used to treat it.
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i've been on them. still was depressed & still did stupid stuff.

in the end i just had to grow out of it ... and make decisions & choices to help myself rather than just sit there and do nothing.
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I think they have a place in mental heathcare but are probably over-prescribed. Addiction/abuse of anti-depressants and prescription painkillers is becoming a serious problem. That being said many people rely on them temporarily, and some even require long term medication. It's all about what gives a person the best quality of life.

I know someone who was having severe postpartum depression and went on anti-depressants for two months. It helped her out and she had no problem coming off them. I also had an uncle who was a violent schizophrenic and had to be on medication for his own safety. There are no absolutes in mental health.
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I've had a bad childhood so my entire life I knew I was somewhat depressed, and for sure had PTSD. There was a time where I completely lost myself and shut myself in for 3-4 months straight. Literally, shut myself in and refused to eat anything with the blinds down. That was when I decided to check out a psychiatrist.

Big mistake.

First time I visited the psychiatrist I was told that I had "severe anxiety" because I worry too much, and that constantly worrying/thinking about things was also causing me to have "OCD" without the "C" part.. Whatever that means. He basically refused the fact that I was depressed, said I have anxiety, OCD, and sleeping problems. Tossed me 3 different pills to handle each.

This old guy was literally melting in his chair, freakishly calm, it really pissed me off.

How can psychiatrists these days prescribe SO many of these strong medications to depressed patients without even correctly diagnosing them? Anyone could easily abuse these pills, especially the sleeping pills. They can just take it to their advantage and die the next day.
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well you know...to each their own...antipsychotic...i take matters into my own hands and prefer to rely to fantasy,romantacism and philosophy.... after that its hard to be depressed.
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I honestly think that antidepressants are useless, it's just like faking smiles and self-convincement, I had enough of that crap for years, the only beneficiaries are the people around you who prefer to see your fake smile, rather than accepting what you really are.
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I used to take them. If they changed anything, it wasn't a spectacular change by any means. They did have a nice placebo effect though.
It could be because I was a minor case.
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iv taken zolaf on and off for 10 years. i hate to admit it but they do help, yes anti-depression medication increases suicide rates in the first few months its taken but thats just your body trying yo get used to it. most people say the medication dosnt effect them and id say 95% of the time it is because they dont know how to take it right(mixed with expecting to much to fast from it). if i could like'n my exp of dealing with the medication and going out to so very many brats "attempting" suicide as working on a ambulance as a EMT is the medication is like puting a sling on a broken arm its a good support but it takes more then just that. your best medication will always be exercise, dont worry about realying on others and talking about your problems cause that just encourages people to act depressed for attention.
trust me if your active and get sunlight your depression will drastically decress.

sorry if alot of this dosnt make scene but im tired from working just a little while ago haha

oh and sleeping help to, not to much not to little.
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damonthegreat wrote:
iv taken zolaf on and off for 10 years. i hate to admit it but they do help, yes anti-depression medication increases suicide rates in the first few months its taken but thats just your body trying yo get used to it.

This is just silly. "Warning: may cause you to spontaneously suicide within the first few months. After that, it's all chill, so it's fine."
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diagnosed for major depressive disorder/anxiety/panic attacks/agoraphobia/ocd disorder when i was about 14-15 years old.at that time prozac was all the rage.when i turned 18 i had to change psychiatrist because i was no longer considered a teen(i was being treated at child psychiatric center)so my new doc didnt want to treat me because i was a pretty difficult case already.so, my mom had to challenge her to treat me,so she finally did and continued with prozac for awhile then changed to anafranil and then others.for anxiety she gave me a benzo in low dosage because benzos are pretty addictive medication.then she started to change with more meds until i got tired of the side effects even though i was brought out from a huge hole.i used to weight 100 lbs because i didnt eat enough.so, after i got better i still suffer from mental illness but i have gotten better.now i dont take anti-depressants because of the stupid side effects and because i dont want to look like a freaking zombie. so i am still taking the benzo med tho because if i dont take it one day i begin to feel even worse.

my doctor has told me that she wants to take the benzo off but she cant because she knows that i'm not taking the other meds.but its true anti depressants do not make you happy they just make you feel "normal" or indifferent to things that otherwise would bother you.oh and they do change your brain chemistry among other things
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What a depressing thread.
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