Are Antidepressants Worth it?

Amazon / Eng sciendisd
Jan 27 32 Comments

I think I am suffering from depression. Not motivated by anything in life. I have constant anxiety and sometimes images of horrible things happening, followed by short panic attacks. Did anyone go on them? Please share your experience.

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  • Google / Eng
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    One thing to mention being through with these.

    Antidepressants like, say, SSRI fix the *symptoms*. Not the *cause*.

    If you want to smile and laugh, while feeling like a scorched forest inside, that certainly is the way to go.

    If you want to get to the bottom, get a therapy.
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    • Amazon / Eng sciendisd
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      Interesting. Thanks.
      Jan 27
    • Amazon / Eng sciendisd
      OP
      The thing is, I don't know if there is a cause. I just feel depressed. Sometimes I think there are causes, sometimes I think those things are as a result of my depression. Not sure how to identify the cause and effect.
      Jan 27
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      If you occasionally feel down then it's perfectly natural and here antidepressants will do more harm than good. You see, it's all about regulating your hormones and by taking antidepressants you are putting the mechanism off balance. This means that things will get worse for some time after you put them away. You really don't want this. SSRI makes sense if you have a long case of depression and you need this to function properly. SSRI takes some time to kick in. In my case this was 2 weeks.

      "Sometimes" is not a depression. "Sometimes" is normal. Depression is when you struggle for months continuously, the symptoms have a big impact on your normal life, you can't find a way out and are about to give up.

      As for the cause - if you have depression and know the cause, boy you are lucky. Sometimes it takes a lot of digging to understand why you feel like shit for so long and getting to things you buried decades ago
      Jan 27
    • Google / Eng
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      One extra note. Antidepressants are not painkillers. It's not like you take a pill and feel like a God the next hour. Antidepressants take anything from several days to several weeks to start working.
      Jan 27
  • McAfee JohnMcPee
    Therapy is the way to go. Don’t opt for medication unless prescribed or recommended. Your work insurance should provide you access to therapists.
    Jan 27 2
    • Amazon / Eng sciendisd
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      I've kind of given up on therapy. They only help for a day, then I am back to my miserable self. And that's if they are really good. I feel like most are just trying to make a buck or two.
      Jan 27
    • McAfee JohnMcPee
      Then cycle through them until you find the best fit. A good therapist will outline a plan for you along with medication if required until the next visit. A bad one will just hear you out and babble some bullshit.
      Jan 27
  • Google nlxS44
    It’s worth trying. They didn’t do anything for me personally. Most times that feeling is just a symptom of you needing to make some changes which meds won’t fix.
    Jan 27 0
  • Oracle javamug
    You work for Amazon. Switch jobs. And on a more positive note, try saint John's wort
    Jan 27 1
    • Amazon / Eng sciendisd
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      Not at Amazon. I wish that was the solution. My depression is just always there. If i won the lotto tomorrow, I'd still be depressed.
      Jan 27
  • Microsoft
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    Watch this video. It’s almost an hour, but it’s completely worth it.

    https://youtu.be/Xm_2zmX6Akc

    The guy in it is one of the worlds leading psychologists.
    Jan 27 0
  • Applied Material gjfv
    You should see a doctor right away if you haven’t till now. They will assess how severe your condition is and then prescribe medication. For me, I was emotionally stressed out and I was starting to show depression symptoms, couldn’t sleep at night. My doctor gave me a very ‘light’ medicine that shows effect slowly but is not addicting etc. definitely get your condition assessed.
    Jan 27 0
  • Microsoft / Eng gjwjzh
    Fix it naturally. Change your lifestyle until youre happy. Maybe career and chasing $$ isnt doing it for you

    Pills will never make you truly happy, just make it easier to fake.
    Jan 27 1
    • Amazon / Eng sciendisd
      OP
      Career is definitely not what I expected when I was 13 and had pure joy for programming.
      Jan 27
  • New eQjn37
    Usually feeling depressed for no reason your body is generating a low amount of serotonin. Sometimes it’s seasonal worse in the wintertime. Get outside make sure your getting enough vitamin D. Change your diet. Take a multivitamin. Have a cup of coffee and a small piece of dark chocolate every day. Exercise. Reduce stress. If all of those things don’t work talk to your doctor. But look up natural ways of increasing serotonin
    Jan 27 0
  • New / R&D zorkan
    Probably best to talk to a professional. In the meantime, vipassana meditation (15-30mins) never hurt anyone.
    Jan 27 0
  • Apple py1
    There is no harm in trying. Hope you feel better soon.
    Jan 27 0
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    • Microsoft
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      Can confirm but it depends on the SSRI and the person.

      Lexapro did this to me. Turns out I have a specific gene that is highly correlated with lexapro causing suicidal ideation.

      Other SSRIs I’ve tried don’t do this to me.
      Jan 27
    • Microsoft
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      They inhibit the reuptake of serotonin, causing serotonin to continue to trigger receptors for longer after it’s released, and they vary in which specific serotonin receptors they interact with.

      These are the genes I have
      https://www.snpedia.com/index.php/Rs2518224(C;C)

      And https://www.snpedia.com/index.php/rs4825476(G;G)
      Jan 27
  • Microsoft afterall
    Find someone you fall in love with. That will give you motivation for everything.
    Jan 27 1
    • Amazon / Eng sciendisd
      OP
      Already married.
      Jan 27
  • Salesforce tensorchic
    For me, it made me numb. I couldn't feel. Neither happiness or sadness. It reduced my motivation becaise I didn't have the happiness rush when things went well. Went cold turkey on them 5 years back. Still struggle with anxiety. Intense yoga and meditation is what I'm doing.
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  • Zenreach PrezDTrump
    Meds won't help. They just cover up symptoms. Do meditation, yoga. U need to free urself from the chaos monkey brain
    Jan 27 0
  • Cisco TKDX72
    Good news! It’s all chemistry. Clean diet, take megadoses of vitamins (see doctoryourself.com) and look for any infections going on in your body, incl any root canals or past dental work. Reports of hidden infections in the mouth causing serious damage to the brain from their direct link to the brain is new research that’s hitting the wire. Good luck my friend!
    Jan 27 0
  • Facebook / Eng 5'6"Indian
    Try some Mary Jane first and see if it helps. It's not an addictive substance unlike antidepressants.
    Jan 27 0
  • Microsoft FBisEvil
    No, you’ll get hooked like my parents did. Withdrawal from them is a b and you’ll never be right in the head after
    Jan 27 0
  • Microsoft
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    PMd you op
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  • Mozilla eRqw31
    Please find a good doctor and try antidepressants. I resisted for years because I believed all of the people telling me I wouldn’t be myself anymore, feel weird anyway, get addicted and why didn’t I just talk walks in nature, eat better, sleep more etc.
    I wasted years of my life feeling like a zombie, not motivated by anything, just going through the motions instead of living. I wish I had tried meds much sooner.
    You deserve to live and feel content!
    Jan 27 0
  • New PcNF27
    Read “The art of not giving a f***”
    Jan 27 0