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   Posted 4/29/2008 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I suffer with mild depression which I've had on & off for about 7 years, most of the last 3. I've never tried anti depressants, as it's never been as bad as it is now and I'm a bit scared off them, I've started counselling over the last month & it hasn't helped so far! tho i'm not expecting miricles!!
What are people's thoughts & experiences of anti depressants??? 
I'm also really angry a lot of the time, can anti depressants help with that aswell??
any advice would be much appreciated?? 
Thanks xx

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   Posted 4/29/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Confusedli,

And welcome to the Healing Well depression forum. You will find that there is a wonderful bunch of people here that are very kind and compssionate. Also very understanding and nonjudgemental.

Different antidepressants work differently on different people. A lot of differents.LOL... It took me many tries before I found what was right for me. So it could for you, or you could find something right away.

Counseling is good. Sometimes you don't realize that it is helping you when it is, so don't give up on that. It is really important. And it could take a little while before you start to feel better. You really have to be quite truthful too in order for it to help you.

I wish you the best, keep posting
hugs, Karen
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   Posted 4/30/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   


Yah the first time i swallowed an antidepressant i was sooooo scared as well.   My first antidepressant (Effexor)  gave me so many side effects.. i literally felt like i was drunk.   it went away after a couple of days though.  the other ones i took (prozac, welbutrin, zoloft) didn't give me any side effects at all ( except for weight gain grrr)  Thats all the advice i have for u if u do decide to take pills... be very careful what u eat and exercise!!!  The last thing u need is to gain 40 pounds when you're already depressed.

Try not to be too afraid.  they don't change who you are..and they help!  If you're feeling really crappy definately try them out.  you have nothing to lose. 


Borderline Personality Disorder
Major depression
Meds used: Effexor XR, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Respiridone, Remeron, Zoloft

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   Posted 5/1/2008 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Taking anti depressants are not that bad i have been on different ones for many years .In the beginning i thought that things were not that bad that i needed medication I tried to cope with my problems by myself but finally came to realise i needed the medication to help .But medication is only a bandaide it by it`s self wont take away the depression .In conjunction with the meds and the support of your counsellor and given time things will improve .
A paramedic explained to me one day that depression is like a roller coaster ride you will still have the up and down times as most of us in here will agree .Medication does help to smooth out the down times .
For me seeing my psychologist over the past few months on a very regular basis has been a great help .
There is always someone in here ready to talk as i found out over the past weekend .
Just take it slowly and don`t expect any quick changes because the depression had taken a long time to surface it will take a while to be able to live with it comfortably.
Good luck .

~  we can not judge anyone unless we have walked in their shoes and have live through what they live through ~

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   Posted 5/1/2008 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
So_sad :
Actualy i went to the gym 5 days a week for 2 hours at a time... for 3 weeks.. and i did not lose one pound.
Exercise cant always cure weight gain when it comes to these pills..
but im also on an antipsychotic (to act as a mood stabalizer) so that could be the drug stopping me from losing weight..
But weight gain is a serious side effect. so just a heads up. ive read similar posts from other ppl who also have trouble losing weight on the pills. so watch what u eat. i wish i had payed closer attention
Borderline Personality Disorder
Major depression
Meds used: Effexor XR, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Respiridone, Remeron, Zoloft

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   Posted 5/1/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
hi confused , when i was put on anti-depressant yrs ago , i was so happy and went to it in a very positive attitude , geezz can I be normal again ??? ADs do not make you high , they don't make you different , they make you feel normal . ( lol whatever that is ) maybe you can laugh at life , you can see light at end of tunnel . Just wanted to be my normal crazy self again . Thats what they do when you get the right one . Side -effects can be H--l at first . Yes we do get angry and yes we do get sad , just a part of life (normal) they are not a "happy " pill . Just let you live your life as close to normal as it can be . Don't be scared just get your old life back !!! Hugs Megie
     You can only change what you can control , you can't change what you can't control .

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   Posted 5/3/2008 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
Thanks for your responses, think I'm going to give the anti depressants a go!  feel like I just don't want to waste any more time feeling like an emotional mess!! 
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