r/NoStupidQuestions Jan 20 '22

Really considering anti depressants. What are your guys personal experiences? Removed: Medical Advice

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u/Hunterofshadows Jan 20 '22

You should follow the advice of medical professionals over random people on Reddit

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u/Supersuds12345678 Jan 20 '22

Well I’m looking for experiences others have had. Unless the doctor himself was on them, not gonna get what I’m lookin for.

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u/catladyx Jan 20 '22

Problem is: meds work differently in different people. My experience with antidepressants was horrible, but that was because my diagnosis is not depression (it's bipolar disorder). I personally have to use mood stabilizers. There are, however, people with bipolar that have good experiences with antidepressants.

Problem is: you'll never know how your body is gonna react before taking them, because it is highly personal.

And this is why you shouldn't focus on other people's experiences, but talk to your doctor about what are your symptoms, what's the best way to tackle them, and what to expect when you take meds.

Good luck!

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u/Hunterofshadows Jan 20 '22

Others experiences aren’t super relevant.

The process of finding the right medication and dosage for you personally is an individual experience that needs to be done through a medical professional.

It can take months or years to find what works because it’s different for literally everyone

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u/Supersuds12345678 Jan 20 '22

Right makes since. I guess I just don’t trust my doctor very much. Dosent really seem to listen to me very much honestly. Felt like she just kinda threw whatever anti depressants that came to her mind first. Didn’t seem to care.

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u/Hunterofshadows Jan 20 '22

Find a different doctor then for sure. That’s not a good way to feel

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u/iamacraftyhooker Jan 20 '22

There are such variable experiences here, that like people have said, won't give you much insight on to how your own medication journey will go.

I (31F) have been on antidepressants since I was 8. In this time I've been on a number of different antidepressants/antipsychotics, and have stopped using them for periods of time as well. Stopping them has always caused a slow decline back to rock bottom, where I need to start the medication again, so I've now accepted I will always need them. Since I needed them from a young age though, this does not reflect many experiences.

I'm incredibly lucky in that I react extremely well to medications. I have minimal side effects, and have quit high doses of meds cold turkey without withdrawal effects (this is dangerous, don't do this). Libido is a big one for a lot of people, and I can't really weigh in on that one, because unmedicated my depression strips me of my libido too.

One big thing to know is it's not a fix. Meds really help me, but at the most they only get me half way there. They don't necessarily change my thought patterns, but everything feels a little less heavy, and less like I'm walking through mud.

I don't find them overly helpful with the anxiety, besides the fact that I have more mental stamina to try and deal with it. Doctors may try to prescribe you benzodiazapines for your anxiety. I advise trying to stay away from them. They are really only meant for short term, acute conditions, and have a very high rate of addiction.

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u/TheLoadedGoat Jan 20 '22

I resisted for a while due to stigma. Gave in and it's been great. Have no regrets and no reason to stop.

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u/LoverlyRails Jan 20 '22

Both of my kids are on antidepressants. They were at the point they were suicidal and they needed something physical/chemical besides a therapist to lift them up.

For my son, the first thing he tried worked. I think he's changed doses once in eight years (as he's grown/gained weight). It's made a huge difference in his life.

But my daughter went through like 6 meds in 2 years. It's been a real challenge to find anything that works. We even did a genetic test to try to find an answer (apparently all SSRI's are out. Won't work). But that's how it is sometimes.

I will say I don't think people should be suffering/unhappy if there is an answer/something that works for them. You just need someone to help you find it.

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u/shmootz Jan 20 '22

Statistics are a powerful force.

Statistically they have helped a lot of people break out of a depressive spiral.

Take them. You can stop at anytime if it feels wrong.

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u/uwillfindmehiking Jan 20 '22

My personal philosophy with struggling with anxiety and depression off and on for decades is trying everything I can first before going on those medications (I am 54). For me, it is eating really, really well and exercising A LOT. The benefits to physical health are great with great numbers, especially for my age, but the real motivator is the psychological benefit. It keeps the anxiety and the depression at bay. When there is plenty of sun and warm weather, life is amazing. I have noticed, even though I have been eating super well for about 3 years and exercising like a maniac for about 15 years, if I let my foot off the gas and take a break, it is about 2 to 4 weeks and that anxiety filled depressive tide rises and rises fast. I can feel it descend on me. While I am personally big on science, I think that modern medicine goes to pills way too fast and patients often just acquiesce without really immersing into a healthy life style solution first. I am not criticizing doctors, well maybe a little in general, as I think they go there for 2 reasons: first, the vast majority of people just aren't going to do the work. People just don't so why should the doctor work the case for 6 months when most of the time it is a waste of time. Second, the docs make more money and if the people aren't gonna put in the time and effort, they may as well get paid. This is a generality that it is true for the general population but, of course, may not be true with you at all. However, working with your doctor, I encourage you to try a 6 month life style change of eating as clean as possible and working out like a maniac. Your mind and body will change over 6 months of it. Of course, if you are doing that already, never mind :-)

For some in my life, the above didn't work. I have family on them and for them it has been great for them. They are much happier.

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u/refugefirstmate Jan 20 '22

IANAD but - not an antidepressant. Paxil, an anxiolytic that is NOT a tranquilizer, FTW.

Diagnosed with GAD at 50 (yeah, I waited that long). A total game-changer. Almost impossible to orgasm for about a year, but that just forced me to focus on having fun with sex rather than crossing the finish line. 10/10 would do again.

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u/RIrocks1 Jan 20 '22

Life changing

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u/AdministrationWide97 Jan 20 '22

You can back off them it's hard and need to be done with the help of your doctor(or enough knowledge and determination) but if you want you can stop taking them when you want. Yes it can help but there is no magic.

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u/Luminaria19 Jan 20 '22

If you had an issue with your blood pressure and had to take medication for the rest of your life, would you take the medicine or not?

Mental health is just part of your overall health and not something to be treated differently.

I am on an SSRI (generic Lexapro) and probably will be for the rest of my life. I can easily say it's changed everything for the better. My brain still isn't "normal," but it's given me an edge in managing issues. I can stop a panic spiral. I can recognize and combat mental overreactions.

It's also important to note that different medicines work best for different people. You may try Zoloft and it just won't work well. Or the side effects will be too damaging. Talk with your doctor. Try something else. If Tylenol didn't reduce your pain from a broken leg, you wouldn't just give up and assume you have to deal with pain forever. You'd try something else. Give your brain the some opportunity.

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u/Supersuds12345678 Jan 20 '22

Damn this might have convinced me

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u/Mikeypsam Jan 20 '22

You have to try it to know what it will do to you. You should also be trying out every other possible option like therapy, meditation, exercises… literally everything. Medication always has side affects you will not like so its important to know that you explored all your options

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u/demonardvark Jan 20 '22

your dick won't work anymore