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I have very mild tourette's syndrome, a few years ago i started developing some bad facial tics like shaking my head and blinking, sniffing, throat noises. I went to a specialist and he put me on the same/similar pill i went on last time it started getting bad. Unknown to me it was also an anti-depressant, and i began to fell myself become quite sad/depressed. I began to sort of not care about anything and my school grades slipped, and i'd occasionally cry myself to sleep because i thought I was worthless etc. When I confronted my parents about it, them both being nurses they knew that the pill was an anti-depressant and that it can have opposite effects and so took me right off it. I was fine after that.
In saying that my aunt has chronic depression and is not the same person If she doesn't take her medication.
So to answer you question, no anti-depressants should not be available to the general public over the counter. They do work, but most people need trial and error to find the anti-depressant which works for them.
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Got on Anti Depressants when I was 19 I saw some improvements but I didn't wanna be tied down to medications just for something I should get over. I stopped taking my Anti Depressants and I feel better than ever. I even quit smoking Stoges and Marijuana and gained 50 pounds since I was around 130 at the time and not eating. It was probably the best decision I ever had and don't regret it at all. Being dependent on medication in this day and age is horrible and everyone should try to cope without before you become addicted. You can better your life with will power and a strong mind.

Edit: stopped taking Anti Depressants when I was around the age of 20 and turning 23 in September.
Posted 6/15/14 , edited 6/15/14

Captainkirko wrote:

Got on Anti Depressants when I was 19 I saw some improvements but I didn't wanna be tied down to medications just for something I should get over. I stopped taking my Anti Depressants and I feel better than ever. I even quit smoking Stoges and Marijuana and gained 50 pounds since I was around 130 at the time and not eating. It was probably the best decision I ever had and don't regret it at all. Being dependent on medication in this day and age is horrible and everyone should try to cope without before you become addicted. You can better your life with will power and a strong mind.

Edit: stopped taking Anti Depressants when I was around the age of 20 and turning 23 in September.


You're making it sound like the reason you are feelings better is because you stopped taking anti-depressants which doesn't sound right. Actually your story sounds exactly how, in the best case scenario, anti depressants are supposed to work. It seems to me that you were depressed because you were taking stimulants (nicotine), depressants (THC), and not eating right. It also sounds like, on top of your depression and drug use, you had an eating disorder.

I could be wrong here, but this what I think happened with you. Your depression was caused from that fact that you were abusing your body, because you were depressed and abusing your body, your doctor prescribed you anti depressants. While taking the anti-depressants you experienced enough improvement that you decided to stop abusing your body. By no longer abusing your body, with help from anti-depressants, your depression lifted. With your depression lifted, you no longer needed anti-depressants which was right about the time you stopped taking them. It was actually quite dangerous for you to just stop taking them. It would have been better to have talked to your doctor and he would have most likely of started weening you off of them.

You're making it sound like the reason you got better was because you stopped taking your medication. I know the horrors that one can experience from the side effects (I've experienced them) of anti-depressants, and it does not sound like you had that issue. I also know how beneficial anti-depressants are and it sounds like that is something you have experienced.

I also want to say something as someone who has been diagnosed with not one, but two, mental illness'. IT is not something that you just get over, For some of us it takes years, decades, and for those with disorders like Bipolar I, or other severe mental disorders, it is a life long battle. I just want you to be aware of that.



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I lost weight due to the anti depressants, 30 pounds to be exact and started smoking after depressants. Definitely could be a combination of the two but I've gained 60 pounds in the past 1-2 years and been in almost the best shape of my life since High school soccer playing 5 days outta the week. THC is a different story but maybe I didn't clarify but being dependent on medication for depression. Clearly if you have some mental disorder, you should be on medication or seek professional help. You can get over depression, it's not permanent and doing something about it is what you should do, not rely on medication that helps you cope with it. I became depressed a year after I broke up with the first girl I've ever loved so maybe that was why I got over it but I believe anybody can get over depression, you just need a strong mind.

Edit: I smoked for about a year after taking anti depressants and only stopped smoking marijuana about 8-10 months ago. So abusing my body has nothing to do with this.

Edit: I do have a strong mind, I could turkey'd a pack a day addiction of new ports the very first time and havn't smoked a cigarette since. I also Cold Turkey'd smoking weed so going off Anti Depressants was easy as well. Like I said, with a strong will and mind you can literally do anything, you don't need medication to help you cope with something that you weren't born with.
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I've taken anti-depressants on a few occasions for anxiety and persistent chronic 'low' mood due to life circumstance. Thankfully, my life has improved on a whole and I do not need the support of anti-depressants to avoid mood swings or anxiety.

I'll make an important comment: anti-depressants are a great tool for the short-term. Once you go longterm, there's often no going back. Unless you have a serious chemical imbalance that requires life long treatment, try to avoid taking an anti-depressant for more than 6-7 months, as the brain may become used to the support of the drug and become permanently reliant on the drug to release feel-good chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. I have talked with more than a few people who have had this problem from being on anti-depressants longer than necessary for what they were dealing with. For those of us who need the help of an anti-depressant to make it over a bumpy stretch in the road, it's great in many cases - just as long as we monitor the effects of the drug, and make sure to combine usage with therapy so dependency on the drug doesn't occur.

Some draw backs I found with Fluoxotine [Prozac]: A, laxer eating habits which made me gain some weight, which is very disappointing. By no means am I overweight or in bad shape, but I noticed the difference from when I was extremely athletic and full of energy. B, I feel that Fluoxotine made me a little soft - mentally, physically, emotionally. No zombie-like effects or anything severe in nature, but it made me a little lazy and emotionally un-reactive to certain things, like bad news or exciting news.
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horriblis wrote:

we are raising weak people. No one really needs the meds they just need to face the problem and find a way to get over it. Not saying things don't happen that make us sad just saying we don't need drugs to get over it.


I have to disagree.

I've known a few people who have faced horrific, traumatic, life-alterting events and circumstances and were nearly on the brink of committing suicide. Medication and therapy saved them from sinking low enough to try to commit suicide. It's insensitive to say that people who need to use medication on the short term or even the long term are 'weak'. To say that 'no one really needs meds' is terribly inaccurate, especially for those with natural chemical imbalances [i.e., bipolar disorder] that require life long medicated treatment. And for those who don't have chemical imbalances - again, medication on the short term can be life saving.
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anti-depressants kind of scare me? i mean, whenever a commercial for one comes on half of it consists of telling you the dangerous side effects like "thoughts of suicide" ... wouldnt we already have that ???
i take these bipolar meds to balance my emotions but all it does is make me feel numb and just not feel anything. i saw someone else in the thread say anti-depressants worked like that too so.. yeah idk about them..


One of the reasons why the side effect of "thoughts of suicide" come up is because anti-depressants can give a person enough energy to carry out a plan for suicide. And it is seen to increase the risk of suicide in teenagers...so usually it isn't prescribed to them


ohh, i see ^_^ that makes sense lol
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horriblis wrote:

we are raising weak people. No one really needs the meds they just need to face the problem and find a way to get over it. Not saying things don't happen that make us sad just saying we don't need drugs to get over it.


I have to disagree.

I've known a few people who have faced horrific, traumatic, life-alterting events and circumstances and were nearly on the brink of committing suicide. Medication and therapy saved them from sinking low enough to try to commit suicide. It's insensitive to say that people who need to use medication on the short term or even the long term are 'weak'. To say that 'no one really needs meds' is terribly inaccurate, especially for those with natural chemical imbalances [i.e., bipolar disorder] that require life long medicated treatment. And for those who don't have chemical imbalances - again, medication on the short term can be life saving.


they could have got the same thing by just talking to someone
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horriblis wrote:

they could have got the same thing by just talking to someone


Not everyone who has suicidal urges and extreme depression will be able to benefit solely from therapy. I'm sorry you have this misconception, but I don't want to argue about it.
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horriblis wrote:

they could have got the same thing by just talking to someone


Not everyone who has suicidal urges and extreme depression will be able to benefit solely from therapy. I'm sorry you have this misconception, but I don't want to argue about it.


then stop posting about it. the drugs are not needed. Now if some one has a chemical imbalance, and they need the drugs to balance them then yes they need them other then that no they don't. They will get stronger with out them much faster then with them.
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ill end my posting here with this, and its what I live my life by.

Happiness is a choice. your life can be great and you can be sad all the time your life can be shit and you can be happy all the time its up to you as to how you look at your life.
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blackkite443 wrote:


bunnyboobear123 wrote:

anti-depressants kind of scare me? i mean, whenever a commercial for one comes on half of it consists of telling you the dangerous side effects like "thoughts of suicide" ... wouldnt we already have that ???
i take these bipolar meds to balance my emotions but all it does is make me feel numb and just not feel anything. i saw someone else in the thread say anti-depressants worked like that too so.. yeah idk about them..


The stuff I was taking last year said it makes you grow male boobs. it kind of sucks.

really? wow that does suck holy shit . these meds do way more harm than good sometimes.. >_<


That's ok though it increased my pheromone output too
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Meds are bad m'kay? Strange meds are bad ok? Think Mr. Saxophone from Cowboy Bebop.
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I am prone to very severe bouts of depression. It's to the point where I think something on a bigger psychological level might be wrong with me.

I suffered a lot of abuse growing up, both from school and from my parents, so I think that has a lot to do with it. But I just don't get it, on paper I am incredibly successful. At age 23, I have an outstanding career path, have performed incredibly well academically, and even brought home multiple state championships during my swimming career and now participate in triathlons. So why is my self image so intensely horrible that I have had more than one bout of serious suicidal thoughts?

But I have to say, I am fucking terrified of going on depression pills. I don't want to take a pill to be happy, I want to find happiness and be satisfied with who I am and where I am headed in life. Why I'm not like that right now is hard to narrow down and I've considered seeking psychological help over it, but I'm not entirely sure if I should do that either as it may negatively impact my career. I also don't want to seek help, and then just get told to take a magic, "everything is happy rainbow and sunshine!" pill that will solve all of my problems because like I said, how can I really say that I'm happy when I'm dependent on a pill to be as such? How can I differentiate when I'm happy because of the pill, and when I'm happy because I'm actually happy?

I hate it because there are too many times where I wish a bus would ram into the side of my car to make my own psyche feel comfortable. But at the same time, I have too much trepidation that seeking psychological help will not just negatively impact my career, but could hugely diminish my own happiness once I actually am at a place where I am joyous.
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