I’ve been considering going on depression meds for a while, and I was wondering if anyone could offer some insight on how they affect your mood and outlook on life. Additionally are there any negatives that result from taking meds?
Another question: how does mixing depression meds and alcohol make you feel, or is that something that is completely off limits? Same question for any other drug, like weed, coke, molly… any experiences or is that a huge no-no?
Let me know, it would really help. I’m a college kid, living in a super rainy city and the stresses of school/ the crappy weather are really dragging me down, every day seems like more effort than it should be and I would love to move past that and just be fucking happy!
It’s a lot of trial and error. If you can get the right diagnosis there are usually a few different alternatives. You could get the right one strait off or it could turn out that medication for a completely different malady is actually best for you.
I was FUBAR on the shit I was diagnosed for, now I’m on a medication for something they do not think I have but it has done wonders. So good luck.
You can have sensitivity to light, skin and eyes. You can have weight gain, higher blood pressure, drowsiness, space outs. There are others but because another maybe memory loss, but I can’t remember. It was a while ago and my trial period is hazy. I’m a rare case though, you will most likely go better than I did.
I highly recommend a psychotherapy approach to treating your depression before the pharmaceutical route. I’ve had depression all my life until about a couple of years ago when I started my psychology major. Cognitive restructuring was what helped me and I haven’t been depressed since. Pills should only be used as a last resort and even then it should be combined with therapy. There are many unwanted side effects with antidepressants and they should NEVER be taken with alcohol. See a psychologist and if it comes down to taking pills ask for selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors(SSRI’s) as they seem to have the least amount of side effects.
School time is the hardest. I went to shit there. Then I did shit I didn’t want to do for ten years and that made it worse. I smoked pot this whole time. When I finally got the right meds I had a marked improvement in most areas. I then quit all the shit I didn’t want to do, I quit pot and I have never been happier.
I am closer now to realising my dreams because I said “fuck it, I’m doing what I want”. Now I know not everyone seems to have that luxury, and I still believe that an idiot who finishes school is a hell of a lot better off than a genius who drops out.
I say; use the advantages of school to lever yourself into a position where you can reach for your dreams, but do not let school and career crush those dreams, no matter what.
ray that is such tremedous advice!! sometimes you have to go thru the shit to come out smiling. how is such a thing possible. and yet i think if you put it all into perspective, then taking the depression meds is not the way to go. indeed
phsycotherapy is a better route and could weed out some problems which are no doubt below just the lousy weather and boring classes. if you get dependent on those drugs then it is still another layer to sort out. good luck kt. we are routing for ya!! look in the long run like ray suggests and you will see light at the end of the tunnel.
Stonedragon, I felt sorry for myself long enough, wallowing in self pity is defeating the self and the very point of life. When I said “fuck it” I said it to that miserable shit as well, it (being depressed) was one of the things I did not want to do.
I didn’t see saying “fuck it all” as giving up. It was empowering, that instead I was choosing to move on and reclaim my life. It’s still a working progress but it is all worth it.
I have never been on antidepressants but I have “self medicated” through other means and I definitely agree with Animus on taking more of a psychotherapy approach than a pharmaceutical one. Not necessarily even in a professional setting, though that may be necessary eventually. I think you should try to combat this on your own first. Research the psychology behind it.
My main reason for that would be the feeling of dependence on something to get you by… That’s the worst feeling. Sure it’s not going to be as much of a “quick fix”(which it may not be anyway since they’d probably have you test out a few meds before settling on one) but the feeling of genuine peace will be worth it. My best friend was on antidepressant meds and said she didn’t feel sad… because she couldn’t feel ANYthing, she was numb. I would definitely practice meditation. Studies show that it is JUST AS effective as antidepressants.
This depression you’re suffering sounds like it is definitely situational, rather than permanent. I don’t know your health habits obviously but changing your diet could help immensely. I quit eating fast food and started cooking at home, drinking water instead of sugary drinks, eating fruit and nuts, etc and I noticed a dramatic improvement in my mental well being.
I’ve known people who were on depression meds, and they were like zombies. So don’t do it.
Mixing with alcohol and other drugs, that’s bad. I’ve tried it with alcohol, with weed, with both (those are the only times I’ve tried antideps.) You get fucked up, but it isn’t worth it, and you feel like shit the day after.
All they do is make you numb. You don’t want that.
I’m sure most of us here, all who are interesting in a higher quality of living, will tell you to NOT take meds for depression. I suffered from depression for years..I hated people, life, everything. I stopped one day and completely changed everything around me. Surrounded myself with positive people, started doing more of what I loved to do, started exploring things I’ve never explored and of course faced all my fears…the things that held me back. Meds do nothing but numb you, they don’t fix the situation, they band-aid it. Most people I know who went on meds for depression lost their personality, their souls, their creativity..It was sad.
@Kt, I agree with Luigi. Do what he did.
Ironically, a man from my community who was loved by a lot of people suffered from depression and started taking medication for it not too long ago. Just a few days ago, he left on a bike to a rural area with a six pack of beer and a handgun and took his life. Everyone in the community is really sad, especially his wife and kids. I’d say don’t go for the medication.
From firsthand experience, I can tell you not to go on the meds. I took them for about 3 months and felt numb to the world. Not a blissful numb, more like as if I had a lobotomy and wasn’t happy about it. I had no energy and often fell asleep in class. Once I came off the meds I felt worse than I had before. The thing about about certain antidepressants like zoloft is they try to control serotonin levels. I read somewhere that taking these types of antidepressants can really mess with how effectively you make serotonin after you’ve taken them, meaning you’d be dependent on them for life.
So if you didn’t have a chemical imbalance before taking it, chances are you will after taking it. Which is horrible considering a lot of depression is just situational or caused by your current perception of life which can change.
Anyways, there are two natural substances I take that make a world of difference for me. Niacin and 5-HTP. Niacin will help give you a little more energy when you need it, and if you’re feeling particularly down 5-HTP can help. 5-HTP is also supposed to help you lucid dream, which is a plus. But the main thing is I don’t depend on these, they just help if I get overly sad for an extended period of time.
Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss is an awesome read btw!
I am a student as well, and I agree with what Ray says, if school is the thing that is making you sad than do something else, do what you want to do! I have been dealing with depression for a long time as well, I just dropped out of my school program because it was just draining me and it’s not even really what I want to do right now. As for the meds, I have been thinking about them lately to, but I want to give myself another chance to work it through without. I recently changed my diet and that helped a bit. I am looking into therapy at the moment. Anyways this post has been very useful to me as well! Thanks!
I can definitely recommend 5-HTP and St. Johns Wort. One is a natural herb, the other an amino acid. Both are over the counter. They worked great after a 2 year on-and-off depression