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Have You Ever Taken Antidepressants?

Yesterday, I read that the number of Americans taking antidepressants doubled over the past decade, totaling 27 million. But interestingly enough, fewer of us are being treated for depression.

According to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, half of the folks taking antidepressants are using them to treat issues other than depression, like back and nerve pain, as well as fatigue and sleeping issues. Physicians, not psychiatrists, are prescribing 80 percent of the drugs, and this could be for a variety of reasons. One reason is that insurance doesn't cover therapy, so patients are seeking help from their regular doc. A second is that the newer drugs create fewer side effects and are safer than previous antidepressants, so doctors are more comfortable issuing prescriptions. I am curious about you . . .

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Teyocoyani Teyocoyani 8 years
I think the most important thing during depression is to have a strong enough support system to help you make informed decisions about your treatment regimen (be it talk therapy, medication and/or exercise/diet). When I became depressed for the first time ever in my life after a death in the family, selling my home, starting school, becoming engaged/married, and moving out of state, it shocked everyone in my life because to them, i was supposed to be "the real strong one". If you have never experienced true depression (not the ho-hum, down in the dumps bluesy feeling that we ALL get from time to time) then you have no idea of the extreme debilitation that depression causes. Being a "strong" or "active" person will not stop depression from surfacing when one has not had the opportunity to deal with life's stresses and difficulties (it is also well documented that depression is caused by physiological effects within the brain). I find it very frustrating when a person with depression has to almost apologize for being depressed and for seeking holistic methods to treat their disease. Other people may experience strokes, heart disease and other physical trauma that require changes in diet, exercise and yes, medication. Yet for these folks, they are not constantly having to defend their decision to take medication. ALL medications have side effects, some more horrible than others, but it is up to the individual along with their provider, to seek out the best options to treat their disease. For me, I believe that medication saved my life (along with talk therapy and finally dealing with LIFELONG issues helping along the way).
biarose biarose 8 years
I believe in avoiding drugs for the most part, the more natural approach you can take the better, but sometimes medication is just so important for an instant intervention. If the depression is due to a chemical in-balance in the brain then medication can help restore the balance. The best is to just not to stay on it long term, I think. I understand because I am on several medications which really helped when I was in dire straights, but now it is difficult to go off of them, because you have to be really careful and take it slowly. But yes, while I think therapy and other natural approaches are the best first choice, medications sometimes really are necessary!
aeschere aeschere 8 years
diagnosed with clinical depression - i've been on celexa (for depression and purging) then later switched to pristiq (for depression and anxiety?) by a bad 'doctor'. a few months later in the hospital they started me on effexor xr because pristiq was so new and they didn't have it yet. so i've been on effexor xr ever since...(8 months) i hate the side effects. veeeery little appetite which is horrible for a person w/ history of EDs. i still have mood swings but manageable. dizziness and nausea a few hours after you ingest it.. and the discontinuation symptoms that you go through.. ugh. i've only felt it from forgetting to take it (& maybe in the beginning when i rebelled against taking it) but i'm not looking forward to the day i have to start weaning myself off. anti-depressants are tricky things. sorry for the novel.
audrina audrina 8 years
I was prescribed Zoloft and Xanex for terrible panic/anxiety attacks that I had several years ago. I was working two jobs and kept pushing myself to the ultimate max. I was on them for about a year and eventually weened myself off of them once I learned that I could slowly do without them. I really had no side effects from either of them, but a little bit at first. It tremendously helped me out alot. Today sometimes I still get a little anxiety over stressful situations and take a xanex to calm myself down. Antidepressents affect everyone differently. You just need to try them to find out what works and figure out what dosage it right for you. But not everyone can take them. Fortunately for me it saved me.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
I was prescribed one after the other (Zoloft, Paxil, Welbutrin, Nortriptyline, et al) during high school after being diagnosed as bipolar. None of them made me feel "right". I also got the feeling that the doctor prescribing them to me didn't care all that much. She'd basically just talk with my mom about whatever during my sessions. :/ I was sick of it all and decided to go cold turkey off of Nortriptyline. It was one of the worst things I have gone through. I remember it was Sophomore year and I was literally bed ridden I was so ill. Vomitting, too weak to shower, couldn't eat, couldn't use the restroom, always on fire or freezing cold. That lasted for a week. After that I decided it absolutely was not worth it to mess with my body's chemistry like that. Sometimes the depression still overwhelms me, as do the manic episodes. I cry, I talk about it, get some fresh air and sunshine and I get through it. I know I can't be perfect, but I can get through every day and most days I don't even have to worry about it. I think that's quite a big improvement from a few years ago.
cg130 cg130 8 years
I would only take them if they were prescribed for me, and I'm lucky enough to have not needed a prescription for them (yet).
totygoliguez totygoliguez 8 years
Thank God I haven't been in a situation in which I had to take anti depressants.
Asche Asche 8 years
Yes, I have cyclical depression, but NEVER again will I take pills. I felt miserable and lost my libido (which never fully recovered) when I took anti-depressants. Furthermore, I went through a heroin-like withdrawal that last a few weeks. My doctor was actually shocked at my withdrawal because I was on such a low dose. I know he's a total whack job, but Tom Cruise has a (minor) point about treating depression with diet and exercise. I find that when I am active and eating well, I don't fall into depression quite as easily. I stay as physically healthy as possible, and have not had any major bouts with major depression in a few years!
poptart-princess poptart-princess 8 years
in response to the post about marijuana, i have nothing against burning one but technically, pot IS a depressant, just like alcohol. i have bi-polar friends who have tried this alternative in hopes of something more natural and just ended up really suicidal. even with prescription meds - yeah, you choose to take the drug, but the drug chooses where it takes you.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I was on Lexapro for OCD for a while and it had so many side effects that I had to stop it. It was making me extremely sleepy and it totally zapped my appetite. I cut down my dosage gradually and did more behavior therapy instead of focusing on the medication. I think the behavior therapy helped more than the drugs did. It makes me irritated that doctors throw antidepressants at people like they're candy when in reality, I don't think as many people actually need them as they think. Most people need to get more active (you'd be amazed at how much that improves your mood!) and eat a more balanced diet. That'd probably help about 75% of people who claim they're depressed.
alphaxigirl07 alphaxigirl07 8 years
yes, i took zoloft and lexapro. the zoloft did nothing for me except the side effects were terrible. if i didn't take it exactly when i was supposed to, i started to feel these electric shock feelings in my head. if you've been on these types of meds before, you probably know what i mean. it sounds weird if you haven't experienced it. then i started lexapro. generally, it did work. i was taking these for anxiety, and i didn't feel so anxious anymore.. even when stressed out, it was bearable. but i was gaining weight at an alarming rate so i decided to stop taking it. first of all, i was never told of the side effects when i started them, yet when the doctor asked why i wanted to stop the lexapro, and i told her about everything, she THEN told me about them. thanks lady! they were also very difficult to wean off of. i knew it'd be hard, but i didn't expect it to be as hard as it was. now, i just try to help myself through other measures to keep my anxiety in check. i have no doubt that the medicines are helpful. i experienced that. but for me, the side effects far outweigh any helpfulness i found from being on the meds. especially if i can find other ways to help myself without taking a pill.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
no - i haven't but i know quite a few people who do. the thing that always scares me about them though is that you hear about one of the side effects that people can become more suicidal - and that's kind of counter productive don't you think?
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I've never taken antidepressants, but my dog does for anxiety. It is always a hilarious conversation with the pharmacist when I try to explain why I need to have prescription for Prozac refilled for a three year old named "Shenanigans".
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I currently take Lexapro, but for anxiety issues. Otherwise I have panic attacks, and I've pretty much tried everything else to control them.
MariahGem MariahGem 8 years
I take Cymbalta for depression/ocd, but it says that it also is approved for fibromyalsia.
hottpink hottpink 8 years
I have been taking Celexa and Lamictal for depression and mild bi-polar disorder for almost 6 years now. I really would like to try and get off of them because honestly I've been on them for so long, I'm not sure I actually need them anymore. They are almost like a security blanket now.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I was prescribed an antidepressant for my migraines and I used it once. My mood swings were so horrendous that I could not take it anymore and decided to change my diet and the way I deal with stress.
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