Antidepressants

Australia
November 30, 2006 5:43pm CST
A few months ago, my fiance & i went to my doctors, as i felt like i was losing control & really wasn't coping.He put me on anti depressants, which was going well, but then i started feeling like they weren't working for me, so went back to my doctor & after a talk decided id stop taking them-i was on a low enough dose to just go "cold turkey" Within days i was so much more happier, i had my libido backl & i was more in the right mind than i had been for some months.When my fiance & i talked about it we thought that maybe i didn't have pnd, but was just very run down at the time-i asked my doc to do a blood test 4 iron as im a fussy red meat eater & it was LOW. Do you think anti depressants can work, or is "toughing it out" better. I now have sleeping tablets i use, for when i need a good nights rest & its helped amazigly!!!!!
22 people like this
129 responses
• United States
30 Nov 06
Antidepressants aren't always the answer and even when they are, it can take several tries to find the one and the dose that works best for the individual. Toughing it out is never the best solution as there my be underlying causes that could come to light with an examination. Amino acids often have an effect on mood, everything we eat has amino acids in it, iron is a mineral which is used to process some of these amino acids by our bodies. Getting a proper amount of sleep for the individual can have a profound affect on mood. Sleep depravation can lead to both audio and visual hallucinations and paranoia.
6 people like this
@missyd79 (3442)
• United States
1 Dec 06
i was first put on anti depressants when i first met my husband, and was on them for the course of our engangement and marriage. i was on them during my pregnancy and after also. then my husband i went through some relationship problems and split up. i stop taking my medications and felt 100 % better. we had split up in the spring but then come like Thanksgiving time, i was feeling depressed again and my dr put me back on them. I was on them for the rest of the winter and come spring I weened myself off and I was fine. My doctor decided that maybe I suffer from what they call winter depression, so I go on my medication usually around halloween ( when we turn our clocks back) and start to ween myself off when we turn are clocks ahead again in the spring. and so far for the past 3 years it has worked.
5 people like this
• United States
1 Dec 06
I think that in normal situations, antidepressants aren't necessary. But there are same cases where the only option are antidepressants. For example, I was diagnosed with Cyclothamia- a mood disorder not unlike manic depression. When I take antidepressants, it centers me- it doesn't take away from my happiness or my sadness, it just makes everything seem more normal and less chaotic. I don't have problems with rationality on antidepressants, but without them, my emotions get so extreme that I can't be rational. Weird, isn't it, how minds can do such crazy things to a person.
4 people like this
@kawillow74 (1417)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I think differnet ones can I myself have been though about 4 or 5 differnet ones I will no longer take them anymore I am on a all natural pill which has worked better in a very short amount of time then any that the doctor has giving me. And pay a quarter the price. I wish you luck.
@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
1 Dec 06
St. John's Wart worked wonders for me in high school to help me manage my anger problems...unfortunately, it counteracts birth control, so I can't take them anymore.
3 people like this
@evan02 (85)
• France
1 Dec 06
for me, it's bad
@Desdemona (1305)
• Canada
1 Dec 06
I think doctors are too quick to prescribe anti-depressents. To me, I tough it out. I think of all the homeless people I have met in my life and know I should feel "blessed" for everything I have.
3 people like this
@vincent72 (1634)
• Australia
1 Dec 06
yes iwas on antidepressants beacuse the sideffects of one of my medications was depression , but now its under control, im glad, they really make you feel yuck , live long and propser :)
2 people like this
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Anti-depressants work wonders for some people. For others they do not. I, like you, find myself in the second group. However, just because something doesn't work for me does not mean I would discount it's use for others. I think doctors do not know enough about the way our brains work right now to accurately treat all forms of depression or other mental disorders. They are, however, doing leaps and bounds better than they had just a few generations ago, so I have hope that someday all of these riddles will be solved and it will be far easier for those in such profession to accurately prescribe the proper treatment (whether that be therapy, medication, or simply time).
1 person likes this
@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
1 Dec 06
It's also important to know that just because one antidepressant doesn't work for you, that doesn't meant that a different one won't work. Different ones work on different parts of the brain. If one doesn't work, it's important to let the doctor know so that he can try a different kind. If the doctor is not familiar with the different types, then one needs to find a doctor that knows more about depression and treating it.
• Italy
1 Dec 06
I have taken of the antidepressants and creed that are many profits when you have the depression
1 person likes this
@exchange (949)
• Australia
1 Dec 06
i am permanently on anti depressants and i need them if you iron levels are down get iron injections all my blood work is fine if you chemical balance in your brain is wrong (like mine is) then you should continue with antidepresants but first get all your levels right iron sugar liver kidney glands etc
1 person likes this
@yoshpow (339)
• France
1 Dec 06
yes yes try high dosages of magnesium,also take
1 person likes this
• India
1 Dec 06
...........
1 person likes this
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
1 Dec 06
Well, I take anti-depressants and they really do work for me. I really do believe that depression is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain and I really see a huge difference in the quality of my life when I am taking them. I've had to go off them a couple of times, and I really suffered. However, my symptoms were quite severe. However, different things work for different people. If you found not on them was better, that's great for you! Some people find antidepressants help them, some don't.
@bam001 (941)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I have taken antidepressants in the past. Actually, I took them for over 5 years. At that time, I am 100% certain that I needed them. Since then, I have not taken them but have had short bouts of minor depression that eventually (within a month or two) worked themselves out. I guess it all depends on the person and the situation as to whether or not antidepressants are warranted.
1 person likes this
@sanell (2114)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Hi, This has happened with me, in the past I had low iron and that was part of it, but I did go on and off antidepressants...I am now at an age where I can not do without antidepressants. I also started thinking that my dosage was not enough, so I went up, then 3 months later I started to go downhill again so I had it put up again...I will be on them for life or at least until maybe after I go through menopause but it has been the best thing for me. It does not work for everyone but it can work....
• United States
1 Dec 06
anti depressants work but yes if you do not need them anymore then can cause you to feel depressed. So yes you probably had PPD. Though PPD does let up with help. You cannot tough through PPD it only gets worse without help.
@vinaykant (814)
• India
1 Dec 06
An antidepressant is a medication designed to treat or alleviate the symptoms of clinical depression. Some antidepressants, notably the tricyclics, are commonly used off-label in the treatment of neuropathic pain, whether or not the patient is depressed. Smaller doses are generally used for this purpose, and they often take effect more quickly. Many antidepressants also are used for the treatment of anxiety disorders, and tricyclic antidepressants are used in the treatment of chronic pain disorders such as chronic functional abdominal pain (CFAP), myofascial pain syndrome, and post-herpetic neuralgia.
1 person likes this
• United States
1 Dec 06
You prolly never needed the anit-depressants in the first place than. But atleast everything turned out ok, and that you are back to having good nights rest. I think they anti-depressants can work, only if the person really needs them.
1 person likes this
@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
1 Dec 06
Antidepressants can be good, but not everyone really needs them. It's not always good to just tough it out, it's important to talk to a doctor or maybe two. When I became depressed, I saw about three doctors before I was put on medication, and that was on THEIR say...they each referred me to the other. I think that is a good way to do things especially with an illness that is as elusive as depression.
@wiccan (348)
• Australia
1 Dec 06
I couldn't function without my anti-deps, but I do think they are over prescribed. They have a CRUSHING effect on libido !!
1 person likes this
@bombeirao (735)
• Brazil
1 Dec 06
I find something total wrong who uses, and sincerely I do not believe that it makes effect
• United States
1 Dec 06
How do you know this. Its takes several tries sometimes before you get it right. Also it doesn't cure the problems. You need to change ur life it wont change it for you. Antidepressants do work with changing things that can trigger you in your life. You cannot cute a chemical imbalance by wishing it away. You must get something to balance the chemical imbalance. I'm on anti depressants and i talk to my doc and have done things not to trigger my depression. There is a huge difference when i need the pills to where i don't need them. You can tell they work as well. It isn't in your imagination either cause not all work.