(Closed) NWR – Depressionposted 10 years ago in Wellness
- Birdie Love
- 10 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
Glad to hear that you’re taking advantage of what sounds like an employee assistance program. Talk therapy and antidepressants can do wonders. After meeting with a professional (either your MD or a MFT) and it is decided that antidepressants may be in order, please go to a psychiatrist for the meds; NOT your MD. Psychiatrists work specifically with the brain (I’m simplifying it quite a bit), the chemicals in the brain and psychotropic medications. He/she will be able to monitor your progress on the meds (if it turns out you need them). You mentioned hearing about people committing suicide while on antidepressants, that is one of the reasons it is so important to see a psychiatrist; they can monitor when the medication isn’t doing what is supposed to.
In 1998, I was diagnosed as being depressed for several years. I was seeing a MFT for a few months (who I adored, she was amazingingly helpful), but still depressed. She suggested that I consider taking an antidepressant. At first I thought “No, way. That means that I am ‘crazy'”. My MFT shared that she had a particularily devastating crisis in her life which sent her into a situational depression and that she actually had to take meds herself for a short period of time. That helped me change my mind because I trusted and respected her opinion and thought “Well, if she had to take them, then maybe it’s not so bad?”
I was on Prozac for about a year. I belive the combination of seeing a therapist and the med saved my life. Depression is something I will probably have to battle all throughout my life. However, I forever grateful that I got the help that I did because it forever changed me for the better.
Sending you positive thoughts and please keep us updated! Remember, you deserve to have the best possible life you can for yourself!
- 10 years ago
- Wedding: October 2009
The suicide warnings on antidepressants were based on some people having thoughts about suicide when they first starting taking antidepressants. What is not generally known is that none of the study participants actually committed suicide. Yes, you read that right–not only was it not “a whole lot” of people, it was zero. So while it sounds scary, it is not a huge risk. And of course, if you start thinking about suicide a lot more after you start antidepressants, call your doctor.
The other thing you should know is that being depressed (regardless of the reason) physically changes your brain in ways that make it easier to become depressed the next time. In many instances, subsequent depressions occur even without any triggering event. Taking antidepressants not only helps you while you take them, but reduces the chances of your getting depression in the future.
And for me, the biggest sign of major depression is that it comes when you have “a great life.” If you feel depressed because something bad happened, you may be able to get over the depression by resolving that bad thing. If you feel depressed when you have a great life, it is most likely chemical and will require antidepressants.
- 10 years ago
- Wedding: City, State
I do believe the suicide risk is primarily among teenagers, tho I could be wrong.
Please talk to your doctor–there are many options. I started on anti’s during my nasty divorce from my abusive ex. I was non functional. It took time & a good therapist, but I am back to being myself & functioning, successful & engaged.
Please don’t suffer! It’s not necessary anymore, there are treatments available.
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