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Anti-Depressant Meds? Why use those when you have Anime?
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I'm on antidepressants and it helps me tremendously for both anxiety and depression.
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i think the problem has more to do with crappy pdocs, then the meds them selfs. the meds suck, but doen right can help. its just so damn hard to find a good pdoc anymore.
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lilliputian_otaku wrote:

In most cases, they do more harm than good. I had some issues with depression when I was younger, but found ways to cope with it without the use of medication. I helped a few friends through some pretty rough stuff because of those stupid pills. Their issues were only exacerbated by idiot doctors willing to prescribe medications for anything and everything. Pills controlled their lives and all of them suffered because of it. I lost someone very important to me when I was 11. We never figured out the reason behind her suicide, but we think she stopped taking her anti-depressants and found death to be the best option.

Pills have caused me a lot of trouble in the past. Sure, there are instances where they can help people. But I have seen them cause too much trouble and destroy too many lives for me to ever advocate the use of them. There are healthier options for numerous ailments and conditions than medicine. In an age where we have a pill for everything, people are far too eager to trust doctors and pop a pill or ten on a daily basis. I am not saying medicine in general is bad (thank you science for allergy medicine), but people need to ease up on the pills and find solutions instead of suppressing the problem and associated symptoms.


You mean you blame the pills when it was her fault for stopping the usage? If anyone wants off their medicine, they're supposed to WEAN themselves off to prevent exactly that reaction. It's not the pills fault in the end. I find it rather telling that the suicide didn't happen until after she tried to get off of them... that means that the meds were working. If I'm reading it right and she did get off of the medicine before it happened.

No one wants to be completely reliant on pills, but we live with it. I have no choice, I'd be a mess without them. I've only started to make improvements within the last year and that's with the clearer sense that the medication is giving me... without it, I'd be lost, and I'm not sure I would've made any progress at all.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2006/11/09/depressions-chemical-imbalance-explained/398.html

^the chemical imbalance. That's why medications are needed to help fix the imbalance. Since they're still making new discoveries, of course there's going to be mistakes, and of course everyone is going to react differently to each different medicine. Therefore, I wonder how many here who swear off the medicine actually have the chemically imbalanced brain of a depressed person.

Also, I seriously didn't know there were so many side effects to anti depressants... I only have dry mouth and occasional bouts of insomnia. Both mild and relatively unharmful. In fact, dry mouth makes sure I stay hydrated, so I'm good with that. There's really no telling to what side effects people will get until they try, so you might as well, there's a reason each ad says to call your doctor if certain side effects happen.
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The best one is anime!
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dont take it it makes you depressed
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The sad fact here is that not only are mental illnesses connected to a stigma, but the medications and treatment for these illnesses are also subjected to them. A prime example is the post above me from Kimimaru-love; "Don't take it, it makes you depressed." This is a very stigmatized, generalized, and uneducated statement. It is true that the side effect of many anti-depressants can cause a dramatic increase in the patients depression, but that is only a small part of the truth.

I have a lot written in the spoiler below regarding my experiences, so if you don't feel like reading it all there are a few things I'd like to say here. Any medication you take has a potential risk factor. Some people are more susceptible to them than others. What is disturbing is that some people will have these negative side effects and never notify their doctor. They just stop taking the medication and stop seeking treatment. One medication will help one person while it won't do anything or even harm someone else. Ultimately it is you, the patient, who is responsible for your care. You are responsible for your medications, treatments, and keeping your doctor up to date of your progress or problems. If you don't then your doctor cannot address the issue and change your treatment to something that will help you. Many also think that medications alone will treat their depression. I'm currently being treated for depression and other mental disorders and I can tell you first hand that taking the proper medications, taking responsibility for my own treatment, going to group therapy, being honest, talking to my doctors, and fighting for better mental health; all together are making me better. If you are only going to rely on pills then yes, things probably won't go so well.

I know that there are a lot of horror stories in the history of psychiatric care which sadly continues into the present. Right now I am addressing patients who are able to be their own advocate and those who care for patients; be them friends, family, or even doctors. Mental illness is a war and some go without an end. It take a lot of strength to face these issues and to get better as it is a constant struggle. Medications have lead to peoples suicides while others have saved people. The only thing that I have learned from the thread is the disturbing lack of knowledge the majority of you have regarding mental illness and its treatment. I can only hope that what I have written in the spoiler can be of some help.

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I have been taking anti-depressants for about six months now (Prozac specifically). Pardon my rudeness, but I haven't read most of the posts on this forum yet, but this is my two cents. I see nothing wrong with being sad, it's a human emotion and it's there for a reason. However, there are cases where that deep dark feeling isn't caused by any emotionally legitimate reason. Sometimes our brains make an excess of serotonin which in massive quantities actually makes you depressed instead of more happy. This is actually the reason why teenagers get all angsty and weird. This isn't due to any fault of anyone, it's just something that happens. Taking anti-depressants is sometimes a necessity, especially if it will keep people from doing something that they might regret. I personally have dealt with depression for about four years now, unable to find happiness in anything no matter how hard I tried, and medication has given me the ability to actually enjoy life now.
Sometimes it really is just something that you have to get over yourself, but other times it really isn't.
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In regards to this "Don't take it, it makes you depressed" discussion. Yes, some people have an adverse reaction to certain medications that can make them more depressed, I've seen it happen in my own family. That's why you need to push to get new medication. I know that there are some pretty terrible doctors out there, and that's their fault, but most will work with you till they find the meds that are actually helping you. I myself find great comfort in Prozac, whereas my friend has had to switch medicines a couple of times before he and his doctor found one that worked. It's all about the individual taking the medication. There is no all encompassing rule of thumb. Not for anything for that matter. As humans we want to see things as simple, but unfortunately things are decidedly not.
People like to say that there is no one truth, which is preposterous of course, that would contradict the definition of truth. The real truth is this. "Things are not simple, there is almost always more than one answer." You might say that this contradicts my previous statement. Maybe, maybe, but hey, nothing's that simple.
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Anti depressants, dont make everyone depressed when they take them. Everyone has different reactions, that's why its important to go to a psychologist or a therapist while trying out new medications. It took me more than 5 different combinations of medications, before i finally found the combination that works for me. Sometimes, you do need medication to help you. Sometimes you dont, but alot of the times, mediation can do you some good...IF you are using the right one for you
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I've not seen great results one rather old cheap anti depressant which the name escapes me helped my mother through some rought stuff. They made my father manic. I'd avoid them in my experience eating right exercising and socializing can help much more
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Personally I feel that some anti-depressants should be banned from use out right. Drugs like Zoloft have been found to increase the risk of suicide. I, however, am on a generic form of Luvox, and it has minimal side effects that aren't as dangerous as Zoloft.
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qualeshia3 wrote:





I can't remember if it was Genedon or Seroquel that made me feel drugged up. Either way, I not taking any of those anymore.

What is IBS?



IBS IS IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME =COLON IS MESSED UP ...BTW, I HAVE THAT TOO,SRY FOR THE CAPS THO

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Chocolate is the best anti-depressant. Seriously, look it up.
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I am currently taking Wellbutrin for my severe depression. And after about a week, it started working. But I might have to switch to something a little more effective, as I am starting not to feel much of anything.

But my opinion on anti-depressants... Helping you get back up on your feet from your depression is pretty much all on you. What I learned from this agony, is that you have to save yourself. You shouldn't be dependent on medication; but it definitely does help you.

And if you take ant-depressants for other reasons other than treating your mental disorder, that's incredibly unwise and I don't have pity for you if anything bad happens.
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