Antidepressants yes? Or no?

'So if someone could assure you that after two months you will feel better, you still won't start using antidepressants?' - that was the question my mental guru kept asking me again and again. And for about a year my answer was always 'no'.


I believe there are two absolutely opposite views on such medicine as antidepressants. And in my opinion both do misinform. On one hand, some believe antidepressants are bad. Totally bad for ones health. They think it might not work and symptoms of mental problem would still stay, or it would turn one into a bigger freak and so on. Will be honest here, for quite some time I was one of these people. And I was afraid of antidepressants. I was afraid that during first two months (by this time the positive result should be usually achieved) my condition will only get worse and I might get suicidal...


On the other and, some see antidepressants and a pill of happiness. But have to disappoint these people - these meds are not a promise of happiness. Primarily in terms of depression antidepressants work with serotonin. Serotonin in turn is a hormone that helps a human not to respond to certain stimuli that would bring one to apathy, anxiety and many other negative moods. But it's not an ultimate promise that one would never have a bad mood. Life is all about changes and normal mind is all about having both good and bad moments.


Also here it is important to say that antidepressants are prescribed by psychiatrist at random as there is no certain tool to measure or examine what elements lack in person's brain. So everything here is based on one's personal story and it might take time to find a certain antidepressant that will work for the exact person. Thankfully, today we have a huge variety of these meds so a perfect match should happen.


Speaking of my personal story with antidepressants, I have to admit it was a long way to start taking these pills. And to accept the fact I need this medicine in my life. I was so stupid  surfing through various forums trying to find out real stories of people using antidepressants and I came across one group people who were primarily having side effects and I got frightened. So it took my mental guru almost a year to take me to psychiatrist chair. Bot my doctors assured me I could call them like 24/7 if I feel really bad. Plus psychiatrist assured me if I didn't ave strong suicidal thoughts, then meds won't provoke me to start acting this ways. And it was true...


To cut a long story short ever since I started taking antidepressants my condition and mood change in a more positive way. It's not like I don't have bad days, when I feel down or exhausted but it doesn't happen on daily basis anymore. I feel more comfortable being myself too. True, we had to change my antidepressant for another one after three weeks but both worked good with me, one just started working faster. Also I accepted the fact my endogenous depression is about lacking certain hormones in my brain, so I most probably will spend a couple of years taking pills, or it might take a whole life. But I'm not afraid anymore. I don't mind spending my whole life taking antidepressants if it would help me life a better life...


Photo: T. Egorova


Antidepressants yes? Or no?

'So if someone could assure you that after two months you will feel better, you still won't start using antidepressants?' - that was the question my mental guru kept asking me again and again. And for about a year my answer was always 'no'.


I believe there are two absolutely opposite views on such medicine as antidepressants. And in my opinion both do misinform. On one hand, some believe antidepressants are bad. Totally bad for ones health. They think it might not work and symptoms of mental problem would still stay, or it would turn one into a bigger freak and so on. Will be honest here, for quite some time I was one of these people. And I was afraid of antidepressants. I was afraid that during first two months (by this time the positive result should be usually achieved) my condition will only get worse and I might get suicidal...


On the other and, some see antidepressants and a pill of happiness. But have to disappoint these people - these meds are not a promise of happiness. Primarily in terms of depression antidepressants work with serotonin. Serotonin in turn is a hormone that helps a human not to respond to certain stimuli that would bring one to apathy, anxiety and many other negative moods. But it's not an ultimate promise that one would never have a bad mood. Life is all about changes and normal mind is all about having both good and bad moments.


Also here it is important to say that antidepressants are prescribed by psychiatrist at random as there is no certain tool to measure or examine what elements lack in person's brain. So everything here is based on one's personal story and it might take time to find a certain antidepressant that will work for the exact person. Thankfully, today we have a huge variety of these meds so a perfect match should happen.


Speaking of my personal story with antidepressants, I have to admit it was a long way to start taking these pills. And to accept the fact I need this medicine in my life. I was so stupid  surfing through various forums trying to find out real stories of people using antidepressants and I came across one group people who were primarily having side effects and I got frightened. So it took my mental guru almost a year to take me to psychiatrist chair. Bot my doctors assured me I could call them like 24/7 if I feel really bad. Plus psychiatrist assured me if I didn't ave strong suicidal thoughts, then meds won't provoke me to start acting this ways. And it was true...


To cut a long story short ever since I started taking antidepressants my condition and mood change in a more positive way. It's not like I don't have bad days, when I feel down or exhausted but it doesn't happen on daily basis anymore. I feel more comfortable being myself too. True, we had to change my antidepressant for another one after three weeks but both worked good with me, one just started working faster. Also I accepted the fact my endogenous depression is about lacking certain hormones in my brain, so I most probably will spend a couple of years taking pills, or it might take a whole life. But I'm not afraid anymore. I don't mind spending my whole life taking antidepressants if it would help me life a better life...


Photo: T. Egorova

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