Are you currently taking medication (including regularly self-medicating with alcohol or weed) to treat depression or anxiety?
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- Microsoft ShippedItBrain structure , chemical balance, plus major life event stress was a trigger
- This theory is very much still under question in the medical literature. The idea that a brain could be “chemically imbalanced” is shaky. There is no clear definition of a “chemically balanced” brain. The whole notion that vast amounts of people are depressed because their brains don’t make enough serotonin has been debunked. Makers of SSRIs (big pharma) were only publishing very selective studies show showed improvements with their drugs and shelving others. Only when researchers submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to get access to those trials were they able to do a huge meta-analysis showing that SSRIs did only a fraction better than placebo, except in a small subset of patients. This is not conspiracy theory. The meta-analysis I just mentioned published in JAMA, and there have been others in tier 1 journals like The Lancet.
Also, this is written by a former editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine (another tier 1 journal) It’s a 3 part article, but fascinating, if you have time to read and she discusses the JAMA study in detail, among others. Highly recommend:
- As far as the claim the the drug companies were suppressing the trials that showed no improvement over placebo (or worse than!), this is well established. Elliott Spitzer (then AG of NY) sued GlaxoSmithKline on this and won. (And by suppressing I mean they submitted to the FDA as per law but shelved the data and pretended it never happen in what they published and marketed)
- Microsoft 👌🦗🦗🤬.OPAlso, for those who are, kindly post the main source of anxiety or depression (e.g: fear of losing job, disliking job, financial stress, relationship, lack of relationship, etc.)
- Amazon CavesPublic speaking, 1:1 meetings with superiors.
I never had a problem with either of these until about 2 years ago, and believe it was triggered by finding out my dog and companion of 10 years had cancerous cells in a lump. The news hadn’t devastated me at the time, and we removed the lump but I think perhaps suppressing my anxiety at the time did some kind of weird damage to my brain...
I now take propranolol when I know I’m going to have a rough day with meetings and it works well, but it bothers me that I have to rely on it now when I never had to in the past.
- Childhood trauma. Lost everything in dot com bust. Recovered. Lost everything again in recession. Didn’t recover. Ended up in hospital on attempt years ago. Feeling a bit better now but work related stress is killing me.
- First time around I was a developer and couldn’t find work so had to take a 60% paycut at a temp job. I almost lost my apt until a friend hooked me up with a startup that was fairly successful and I made a bit of money on it. I moved and bought a house and 5 months later the recession hit. Lost everything I made and had to file for bankruptcy. Since then I’ve been bouncing from shitty job to shitty job wondering if I’m good at anything anymore. I won’t ever be able to retire and I just hate my work life so much these days.
- Used to with job that got annoying after awhile. Changed job, was better for a bit but now sucks again. Maybe it’s just life :/