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Do You Judge People Who Take Antidepressants?

In Touch Magazine is reporting that young mom, Britney Spears is currently taking Paxil and Xanax, to treat depression and anxiety, although we don't have any hard evidence of this to date.

Some people (a.k.a. Tom Cruise and other Scientologists) view these types of drugs as unnecessary and look down upon those who use them. Others feel they have been helpful in treating those with chemical imbalances.

Do you feel that these kinds of drugs have a stigma attached to them? If you were to find out that someone you know or look up to was taking them, how would you react?

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lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
I dont judge and i dont think people should either. ive been there. and am happy to say i dont need to permanently be on them. Everyone needs help either it is temporary or permanent.. have friends that need them(bipolar)....those scientologist do they believe that you shouldnt take asthma medicine?
Yoonyah Yoonyah 10 years
a girlfriend of mine once got a valium shot. She felt better instantly. It worked really good.
katie225 katie225 10 years
thanks jenna! and i'm done with this topic as well. :) at least we all agree not to judge people!
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
jgasia, I've heard of the 'training your brain' too., and I agree, the chemicals can be changed., our minds are more powerful than most people think.
juliet juliet 10 years
jgasia & thejenster14: I really like your comments on this topic!

How refreshing to hear so many people understand the benefits of SSRIs and other mental-health meds --- yes, some meds are sometimes (if not often) abused (painkillers, xanax, etc) but SSRIs and others have wonderful benefits and really do save lives.

The stigma is really unfortunate... and the truth is more people are on these meds, and leading happier, more fulfilling lives because of them! The bottom line is that you've gotta take care of yourself - your wholeself: body, mind, and spirit. If meds work, great! If not, great also - there's lots of things that can improve a person's level of life happiness - you've just gotta find the combo for you!
bubblygirl bubblygirl 10 years
well i am 16 now and i have been taking anti-depressence since i was 12 because of some personal reasons i lost my verginity when i was 14 and felt horrible for lieing to my mom and telling her i was still a vergin so i took way more than i should have and i od'd and was hosspitalized....i told my mom it was because my boyfriend broke up w/ me and she still doesnt know...i love sex and could care less if she knows or not but i am saying dont over use and abuse ur privliges of feeling better and dont do things to make it worse
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 10 years
katie225- If that is what you learned, then that is what you learned... I can't fault you for that. The only thing I still have a problem w/ in your comment is this: "no matter how much you talk about it to someone, you can't change the chemistry in your brain just hoping". I don't agree with that b/c of what I have learned and witnessed. This is by no means me saying drugs are not beneficial, b/c they are wonderful for so many people, but talk therapy is also wonderful for so many people. I have learned that in many cases brain chemistry IS capable of change (it changed in one direction for the individual to become depressed, so with some work, why couldn't there be a possibilty for it to change back) and that there is a major mind/body connection. I'm done w/ this topic :)...
JennaV JennaV 10 years
katie, I could not agree more. I also have a Bachelor's in Psychology, and while that most certainly does not make me an expert, I also have more knowledge than someone like Tom Cruise who just information out of his ass. You stated everything perfectly.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Absolutely not.......
cubadog cubadog 10 years
I have no problem with anti depressants and think they are great for the people that need them. Part of using anti depressants is also making sure you are constantly working with your licensed professional. One class does not make an expert.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
No, I don't judge them. ~Procrastinate Now! Don't Put It Off~ (Ellen)
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
I dont take them. But why judge someone for the meds they take. That is silly. ____________________________________________ Makes my skin crawl
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
Hey honey31, I like your avatar. I have several friends who have to take them. They are good people. ____________________________________________________ Brad is so hot!
katie225 katie225 10 years
i learned what i know in my abnormal psychology class with a professor who holds a doctorate in the field. i have a bachelor's degree in psychology (which doesn't mean i'm an expert, but i also didn't just read about this in some book). depression is a chemical inbalance in your brain, and no matter how much you talk about it to someone, you can't change the chemistry in your brain by just hoping. sometimes you can wait it out, like after a major life-changing event. and yes, i have heard of cognitive behavioral therapy and from what i've heard from my professors is that the results are inconclusive. the results for antidepressants, however, are not inconclusive. the only known cure for depression is medication, and that means that someone who is depressed usually has to take the medications for the rest of their lives. this is NOT to say that talk therapy has no value. like i said before, talking helps to keep people taking the drugs. and yes, talking along with taking the meds is the best way to do it. why should it be offensive to people who need to talk to a therapist? i don't find it offensive, and i DO talk to a therapist! most average people find human comfort in talking to a therapist and there's nothing wrong with that. however, if you're suffering from major depression, talking to a therapist alone will not cure you. and by cure, i mean take away your symptoms. i didn't mean to mislead anyone by using the word "cure," it's just that's the way that it was described to me. i should clarify: when you're on meds, (usually) your symptoms go away completely (depending, of course, on the meds and other factors). when you're off your meds, the symptoms come back. you don't just take a magic pill once and never have symptoms again, you have to keep taking the pills usually for the rest of your life (as my professor said). no, i have not done research myself on this topic because i had an emphasis in evolutionary psychology rather than abnormal psychology. i'd like to think, however, that my degree and my education was not completely worthless and that i have a little bit more understanding on the subject than tom cruise.
KimmiAnn KimmiAnn 10 years
I'm on Wellbutrin and Prozac due to all the chaos I have to deal with. The Wellbutrin also helps keep my ADD under control. I think it's stupid that people are trying to say Brit's on drugs because of PAXIL....Paxil isn't a drug you can abuse and get anything out of Xanax is abusive and can be used recreationally...since it's affects are instant. I'm glad that Britney did the responsible thing and got help for her anxiety/depression rather than let it get the best of her! When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kind of wanted to be a vampire. Angelina Jolie
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
There is nothing wrong with anti-depressants. They can make a huge difference in a persons life..I'm grateful such drugs exist. I would never judge anyone who is, or has ever been on this type of drug.
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 10 years
katie225- Your 2nd paragraph holds some validity. Your 1st, however, is not clinically correct. Where did you get that information? Is it just your opinion???, or have you completed actual studies in the field? If so, (although I would bet my house that you have done absolutely no research from credible sources or have a higher degree in this field) please tell us your credentials and what you base your theory on. Your use of the word "CURE" leads me to believe you have no higher education in this area. Is it something you read in an APA/ACA journal? As a mental heath therapist, I would really like to know. If it is your opinion, that is one thing, but please watch your wording(i.e. "only" "proven" "cure"). Do you really not believe that your thoughts play a huge part in your emotions, and the human body is not capable of natural change by producing more or less neurotransmitters? What physiologically makes an individual depressed in the first place? Do you not believe that can be reversed the same way it was brought on? Do your research before you start spitting out random "facts". Fact: Talk therapy along with meds is proven to be most effective, in general. This is not always the case... (that is the in general part).
Toronado Toronado 10 years
223, 225, whatever the hell your name is.
Toronado Toronado 10 years
Katie223, that's total, utter bullshit and blatantly offensive to anyone and everyone who's ever needed to seek the assistance of a therapist (myself included) for anxiety and depression. Ever heard of cognitive behavioural therapy? Please don't be like certain celebrities and say shit you know NOTHING about. "Just sad", good lord, people like you make me sick.
honey31 honey31 10 years
No I do not judge people who are on antidepressants because I was on it I am off of them now and I will never go back on.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
When Tom Cruise made that comment way back when, I was LIVID. Of course antidepressants shouldn't be abused, but when correctly prescribed, they can do wonders. I've been on them for a couple of years and they've made a world of difference. Maybe if Tom or any of the nay-sayers went through what I and millions of other depressed people went through, they'd change their tune about the medication.
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
Tina - if you're sad you usually have a reason to be so and you feel the emotion of it, if you're depressed you most likely feel like you just don't have any energy or interest in doing anything, even things that you usually enjoy, you have no emotion...
Tiinnaaaa Tiinnaaaa 10 years
i sometimes wish i could take antidepressants.. lool.. sometimes i get so sad i dno if im actually depressed or jst very sad, whats the difference?
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