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kingbob
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Experiences with anti-depressants
I have been dealing with serious chronic depression for quite some time, pretty publicly on here, and I’m sorry for that. I have been going to therapy for about a year, and from session one, my therapist, as well as the psychiatrist who recommended said therapist, has been recommending that I start taking anti-depressants, but, I’m terrified. I have major phobias of medicines, anesthesia, etc. i have often gotten panic attacks when I had to take medications, get shots, give blood, get numbed for procedures, etc. I feel like my depression is drowning me, and it’s going to destroy my career if I don’t do something, but I am just so terrified. I had friends growing up who took various meds for add, anxiety, and/or depression and they would sometimes become entirely different people when their meds changed. I don’t want to take a pill and become someone else. I just don’t want to feel so overwhelmed by everything and hate myself so much, I don’t want to be constantly hearing voices in my head telling me to kill myself, to give up because I’m already incapable of being saved, or to jump in my car and run away.

Guys, please share me your stories about how bad things were before you got help and how much things have gotten better for you. Maybe if I could here some more success stories, I won’t be so scared of taking it.


Klingler7
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Houston
Member since Nov 2009
5927 posts

re: Experiences with anti-depressants
Been on Paxil for 20 years: helped with OCD.
It hurt my libido until I started testosterone gell.

I think antidepressants are ok if used in combination with talk therapy, exercise, vitamin D, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Also getting sunshine during winter months is needed if you deal with seasonal affective disorder.

Also, I would recommend a healthy diet with nuts and vegetables.


LSUJML
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
One thing to note is they aren’t going to give you a high dose of anything to start
It’s a lot of trial & error but things can be better with a low dose medicine

You can also try diet change & exercise if you haven’t already

I wish you the best of luck, you seem like a pretty cool guy & I hope you reach out to the board if you ever get to a point you need someone



biglego
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
I’m always happier when my dealer comes through


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MrWalkingMan
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
You need a good psychiatrist with a working knowledge of the biochemistry of depression to guide you here. There are several classes of antidepressants that work in different ways. Each has a +/- side effect profile that can vary with the patient taking the drug. The best medication for you might not be the best medication for someone else.

These drugs are very safe though and can be made even more so by a prescriber who knows your medical history. I would strongly recommend getting evaluated. Auditory hallucinations are more of a serious symptom and not generally associated with classic major depression.
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LSUTigersVCURams
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
You need to go on them. They will help you. Should be no stigma attached to it. I came home from work one day and my wife was in the fetal position on the floor of our kitchen bawling crying for no reason with our two toddlers sitting watching not understanding. It was terrible. Wife got on antidepressants and was back to her old self two weeks later. Made me a complete believer. They’re great medicines for people who need them. God bless you. I enjoy your posts. You seem like a very smart, good guy. You will beat this thing.


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Hopeful Doc
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
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I don’t want to take a pill and become someone else. I just don’t want to feel so overwhelmed by everything and hate myself so much



I hear this a lot. But most people aren’t themselves when they’re at this point anyway.
Medicine generally doesn’t “change” someone so much as somehow just makes the little things less bothersome. When the medicine does something you don’t like, call the doctor.
It isn’t magic. But it leads to more good days than bad days. And I see tons of people with this fear come back thankful they started something.
I see a handful not get better the first go ‘round. But once all the other avenues are exhausted, trying a med usually helps a lot, and they are generally super well tolerated.


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dupergreenie
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
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Auditory hallucinations are more of a serious symptom and not generally associated with classic major depression.


Had this along with several other bad side effects with an antidepressant. I wish I had never started that medication....really fricked up my life.....


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doc baklava
Member since Oct 2020
133 posts

re: Experiences with anti-depressants
I've been on a few. Brintellix worked really well for me. Prozac made me anxious with insomnia. Lexapro gave me insomnia and made me angry. Prozac and Lexapro killed my libido.

Neurofeedback really helped me with my brain. It took away my ADD. TDCS also helps. I have my own unit. They aren't expensive and the protocols are online.


KajunGator
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
I’ve been on Topamax, Depakote and Duloxetine for about 13 years for PTSD, Bi-Polar Disorder and Depression. If it’s needed, it’s worth getting past the stigma of being “medicated” and use it. My quality of life has been much improved after finding the proper ones for me.


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TheWalrus
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
Mental health medication has saved my life, more so for the OCD than the depression and anxiety.


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DavidTheGnome
Monroe
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
I started about a month ago and it’s done me a world of good.


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sleepytime
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
It doesn’t hurt to try them for a short period and I strongly recommend CBT to go along with it. I tried half a dozen of them because my doc thought I had stress related sleep issues and all of them made my symptoms much worse. My brain chemistry is weird though and I know lots of people that have had success with antidepressants.


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TheOcean
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
Don't suffer from depression thankfully, but do have quite a bit of anxiety/stress/OCDness due to my career. Tried everything. Ended up trying an anxiety/anti-depressant medicine through a recommendation of my pharmacist buddy. Absolutely changed my life.


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Crow Pie
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
Whatever you do dont stop taking them cold turkey.


RogerTheShrubber
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Juneau, AK
Member since Jan 2009
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
Paxil is the best I have taken. Takes a few months to have a full effect but It really worked. Took it when I quit drinking.


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Jcorye1
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
I tried a couple, and I lost the ability to see patterns.


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
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I think antidepressants are ok if used in combination with talk therapy, exercise, vitamin D, and cognitive behavioral therapy.


Yep, particularly exercise. Even hiking. Get out of your routine, try new things. Regret sucks a lot more than making a mistake. You can fix mistakes, you can't ever fix regret.


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jimmy the leg
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re: Experiences with anti-depressants
You need to find out some rather important things first. Is your depression related to Bipolar? If so, which one? I know someone that was on an antidepressant and it made their life a living hell. In short, they had to ween themselves off of it (under the guidance of a physician), then get on Lamictal (used for seizures for decades). The change worked and their life is going quite well now. In short, be sure about the direction that you are going by having a medical/psychological professional that you trust guide you.
Good luck.


kingbob
LSU Fan
Sorrento, LA
Member since Nov 2010
56891 posts

re: Experiences with anti-depressants
Bipolar is highly suspected


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