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Re: Lurkers Please Come Out and Regulars too About Med

Posted by denise190466 on November 16, 2005, at 13:51:54

In reply to Lurkers Please Come Out and Regulars too About Med, posted by Phillipa on November 16, 2005, at 1:02:50

Hi Phillipa,

I know for a fact that antidepressants can be life changing and can really really help, that is when they work but when they dont work you get the flip side of the coin.

I have been on the end of both sides, years ago as I've said so many times because I soooo yearn for those days, they really worked well for me and I didn't have to try drug after drug after drug to find the right one. I was antidepressant naive in those days so never really knew what to expect but the first time I took prothiaden (a tryciclic) I felt as though I walked into another dimension, colours were more vivid and brighter, my sense of smell was better, music sounded amplified, I felt relaxed and yet more motivated. I felt like pinching myself because it felt like a wonderful dream and I thanked God for releasing me. They worked so well I just assumed they worked that way for everyone.

Now I know different, years later and I'm trying drug after drug to no avail, I've had horrendous start up affects but thanks to Zyprexa I can now deal with those, ok the depression is not as bad as when I don't take them at all but I still lack motivation, everything is an effort and I either feel tired or tense. Exercise doesn't help. And this time I don't know who to blame, I thanked him/her when they worked who do I blame when they don't work.

What appalls me is that they give you drugs (which I'm grateful for) which do things to your brain but not once do you get a brain scan for them to see what they are doing when they do and don't work. There are no diagnostic tools so everything is just trial and error and sometimes the error results in suicide.

Also the awful thing about depression is the stupid suggestions people make and that you somehow feel obliged to try otherwise you feel as though you're not trying hard enough. With depression you lose all sense of motivation and yet you have to do all the things you wouldn't normally do to prove to everyone else that you are trying to beat it.

I hate this thing called "depression" I don't even know what it is and that makes me hate it even more.

Sorry to go rambling on but I guess in a nutshell then I would advise anyone to give it six months without medication and if the depression is still there then go for medication, try everything because that's all you can do.





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