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(The New York Times)   Study shows when 25% of a population takes antidepressants, they're probably being overprescribed   (well.blogs.nytimes.com) divider line 120
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2013-08-21 04:13:08 PM
I was on Seroquel and gained 60 pounds that I'm still trying to get off.
I stopped taking Celexa at the same time that I stopped taking Seroquel.  Now I'm not on anything.  Life sucks, but not sure if it would be any better if I started back on something.
Anyway, this thread is making me feel a lot better about myself.  Fight the good fight, guys!
 
2013-08-21 04:21:36 PM

orclover: Withdrawl symptoms may include:
WANTING farkING KILL EVERYBODY AROUND YOU TO DEATH


Oh yeah, I remember having a similar reaction when coming off an antidepressant. It was like hangover irritability times 10. I had thoughts of how satisfying it would be to bludgeon random people...then my rational mind would say "You're farking nuts"...then my anger said "But it would feel good"... then my friend Sheila who was also a part of my imagination said "Yeahhh dude, like f'n kill'em all."
 
2013-08-21 04:22:26 PM

Nana's Vibrator: JohnnyCanuck: megarian: Thanks. Doing much better now. :)

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reminded me of:



pic doesn't do any justice for a redheaded Angela Bettis


Great movie if you like making friends.
 
2013-08-21 04:37:49 PM

orclover: I took effexor for a year because.....I guess because i am an American and I am not a Kardishian.  But anyways a year of that and I decided to stop taking it because of reasons.  Withdrawl symptoms may include:
WANTING farkING KILL EVERYBODY AROUND YOU TO DEATH!!!

Yea, my mother wanted me back on antidepressants, because you know, life sucks and some of us notice that fact.  And eventually I agreed and I described how at the best time when I was on antidepressants I felt wonderfully numb, no worry about hapiness or sadness, no strong emotions.  Being awake was almost like being asleep in its comfort no matter If I was with my family (who called me "distant" while on AD's) or at work or in a traffic jam with everybody around me screaming.  Antidepressants should be force fed to the world.  You could murder my entire family in front of me while I was on AD's and I could scarecely find a fark to give anywhere.  It was amazing.   Not being able to care about anything or anybody is the greatest drug ever invented, absolutely 0 stress, no matter what.  That is worth your farking soul right there.  My mother stopped bringing up AD's not too long ago when I mentioned why I loved them so much.


So ya I havent had any antidepressants in years.  It sucks.  I worry about my two boys (one with severe Autism spectrum who is on two fistfull of drugs himself) constantly, I panic about money, I worry about my family and I keep hoping for a heart attack to take all this fear away.  I miss not being able to care about anything and just working day in and day out with no progress but no stress.  I miss being numb soo farking much.  farking Obamacare wont even save me because farking Perry's Texas wont allow it.

/wish I had a button that I could press to destroy the world.


I wish I had one too, but only because I'm always numb. I once felt a small range of emotions, but I was told I had to always repress them. Because of that repression things never worked out, which lead to more and more emotional trauma. Finally my only friend, and someone I deeply cared for, told me she was leaving to go to Colorado. After that I've felt almost no emotion whatsoever.

It's soul crushing to understand what I lost and how I lost it, but not being able to do anything about it and not being able to be helped. I've tried over a dozen antidepressants as well as hormone treatment with absolutely no change. Marijuana helped immensely with anhedonia and emotional expression (it even temporarily fixed my nearsightedness, oddly enough), but it's hard to find here, too expensive, and I can't smoke because I'm trying to find a job and everything now requires drug tests. If I'm forced to drive a truck (which is a very likely scenario) there's no way I could smoke.

SSRIs do nothing, Abilify made me extremely nauseous. Wellbutrin XL worked for a few days, then my doctor doubled the dosage and it worked for a few more and then gave me 4 days of insomnia. Now I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place finding any job, let alone one where I won't be so stressed out I'll lose again, and not having any sort of help at all. I guess I've even numbed myself out of depression, but only because I've acknowledged childhood emotional and sexual abuse.

/I try to stay positive with that note, even though I am so detached not to feel anything about them.
//I feel positive only because I know what to work on in the off-chance I can see someone.
 
2013-08-21 04:43:42 PM
The CBC just had a radio show on this, 3 hours of listening if you have the time. part one linked for ease. ]

http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2013/05/15/rethinking-depression-pa rt -1-2/index.html
 
2013-08-21 05:20:59 PM
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Right now, there's a young Udandan boy sleeping on the ground, out in the open. He's holding his AK-47 in his hand. His life is horror.

He's sleeping, cold and shivering, open to the elements, with nothing but his rifle. He has no job, no family, no home, no love, no hope. And yet, he is NOT DEPRESSED. He has purpose. He knows exactly what he has to do the next morning. Get up. Take food. Rape. Be strong. He doesn't ponder the complexities of life or the fairness of this universe. He is like an arrow shot from a bow: No hesitation, no doubt. His course is clear. He has purpose. Clarity. Drive. He will kill and rape, and not muse for one second why he isn't happy, nor will he spend time lying on the floor, crippled by depression.

He is not depressed; he has stuff to do, and will damn well do it. Tomorrow. Rest now.
 
2013-08-21 05:40:58 PM

weltallica: Right now, there's a young Udandan boy sleeping on the ground, out in the open. He's holding his AK-47 in his hand. His life is horror.

He's sleeping, cold and shivering, open to the elements, with nothing but his rifle. He has no job, no family, no home, no love, no hope. And yet, he is NOT DEPRESSED. He has purpose. He knows exactly what he has to do the next morning. Get up. Take food. Rape. Be strong. He doesn't ponder the complexities of life or the fairness of this universe. He is like an arrow shot from a bow: No hesitation, no doubt. His course is clear. He has purpose. Clarity. Drive. He will kill and rape, and not muse for one second why he isn't happy, nor will he spend time lying on the floor, crippled by depression.

He is not depressed; he has stuff to do, and will damn well do it. Tomorrow. Rest now.


I...I don't even...can someone else address this? The stupid hurts.


See a girl from New Guinea drinking tainted water? She's not worried about polio so fark you. She's not depressed. Just numb to everything ever.

STFU. GBTW.
 
2013-08-21 06:00:15 PM
I like reading the stories in this thread. I know I'm not alone.

Yesterday, a co-worker whom I'm friends with mentioned that I have shaky hands. I told her it was because of my meds. She asked what I took meds for, because I looked healthy to her. She didn't mean to pry, but I told her it wasn't her business.

Why is it embarassing to tell someone that you have depression, while telling someone that you have, say, ADD isn't? I've had to tell professors that I have depression, and most understand. (One SOB didn't.) Also, a respectable family friend in his 60s has a brother with depression, and he thinks his brother is a lazy loser, and doesn't understand him at all. I don't get it.
 
2013-08-21 06:27:12 PM

Karma Chameleon: Litterbox: You can have my Lexapro when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

What dosage are you on? I went up to 20 from 10 this year and I'm honestly no longer noticing a difference.


Im on 20 a day, but the thing I learned about Lexapro, at least for me, is you have to take it religiously every day...I have a bad habit of skipping days sometimes by accident.  It caught up to me last week and I was barely able to function for two days straight.  Im doing better and taking my damn pills like I should now.
 
2013-08-21 06:28:20 PM

Russ1642: Meranath: Litterbox: You can have my Lexapro when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

Ditto.

Sounds like good stuff. How do I get my hands on some?


Talk to your doctor.  It totally got rid of my anxiety and totally wiped out my depression.
 
2013-08-21 06:34:41 PM
I want legal weed. This is stupid.
 
2013-08-21 06:34:43 PM

PocketfullaSass: Currently going through Effexor withdrawals....

/gettin' a kick


Absolute worst drug ever.  I was horribly depressed and my anxiety came back twice as hard and I felt physically ill most of the time.  Never, ever again even if it was the last drug out there for my problem.
 
2013-08-21 06:39:43 PM

the money is in the banana stand: . You should look into Viibryd. It's way more expensive, but better. Or just take Vitamin B12 supplements and work out / eat right.


I recently got with a great doc who switched me over to Viibrid after years of taking Lexapro. For years I took Lexapro only because not taking it turned me into an an angry jerk. It actually works (for me at any rate) and that in conjunction with a two anti seizure medicines I am able to get off my butt and actually get back in shape and remember to eat/ sleep well. I consider myself a lifetime veteran of an inept medical community and all I can say (without trying to sound more like a victim) is no matter how bad you feel or how truly dark your mood is never, ever settle for "good enough" or "at least I got out of bed today" I was critically ill as a child off and on from age 4 to 7. The depression set in shortly thereafter. I'm 32 now. Here's to medication and a realistic world perspective.
 
2013-08-21 06:40:33 PM

IdBeCrazyIf: I prefer depressants, like scotch


It's the power, the power of positive drinking.
 
2013-08-21 08:15:36 PM

lizzyjo: I like reading the stories in this thread. I know I'm not alone.

Yesterday, a co-worker whom I'm friends with mentioned that I have shaky hands. I told her it was because of my meds. She asked what I took meds for, because I looked healthy to her. She didn't mean to pry, but I told her it wasn't her business.

Why is it embarassing to tell someone that you have depression, while telling someone that you have, say, ADD isn't? I've had to tell professors that I have depression, and most understand. (One SOB didn't.) Also, a respectable family friend in his 60s has a brother with depression, and he thinks his brother is a lazy loser, and doesn't understand him at all. I don't get it.


Where I grow up, it's seen as weakness to not be a super independent go-getter. Even worse is that "depression" is viewed as an excuse to be lazy. I probably fit into the ADD category, but without comorbid depression they at least can be motivated about something for more than a few hours.

The shaky hands was something I really struggled with when I was doing high precision machining and filing.

weltallica: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 370x278]

Right now, there's a young Udandan boy sleeping on the ground, out in the open. He's holding his AK-47 in his hand. His life is horror.

He's sleeping, cold and shivering, open to the elements, with nothing but his rifle. He has no job, no family, no home, no love, no hope. And yet, he is NOT DEPRESSED. He has purpose. He knows exactly what he has to do the next morning. Get up. Take food. Rape. Be strong. He doesn't ponder the complexities of life or the fairness of this universe. He is like an arrow shot from a bow: No hesitation, no doubt. His course is clear. He has purpose. Clarity. Drive. He will kill and rape, and not muse for one second why he isn't happy, nor will he spend time lying on the floor, crippled by depression.He is not depressed; he has stuff to do, and will damn well do it. Tomorrow. Rest now.


It would be easy for me too. No worries about where food is coming from. If I need food, I kill someone and take it. If someone gives me lip or says "come at me, bro", I kill them.

/That's actually an FAL, and it's alot more powerful than an AK.
//Nick-named "The Right Arm of the Free World."
 
2013-08-22 02:53:07 AM

weltallica: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 370x278]

Right now, there's a young Udandan boy sleeping on the ground, out in the open. He's holding his AK-47 in his hand. His life is horror.

He's sleeping, cold and shivering, open to the elements, with nothing but his rifle. He has no job, no family, no home, no love, no hope. And yet, he is NOT DEPRESSED. He has purpose. He knows exactly what he has to do the next morning. Get up. Take food. Rape. Be strong. He doesn't ponder the complexities of life or the fairness of this universe. He is like an arrow shot from a bow: No hesitation, no doubt. His course is clear. He has purpose. Clarity. Drive. He will kill and rape, and not muse for one second why he isn't happy, nor will he spend time lying on the floor, crippled by depression.

He is not depressed; he has stuff to do, and will damn well do it. Tomorrow. Rest now.



I clicked the "smart" button.


/Now I AM depressed
 
2013-08-22 08:50:45 AM
"Nooooo!. Not me! I really neeeeed my feel good meds. I have a condition, goddammit! The doctor said so!!!"
 
2013-08-22 08:39:08 PM

PocketfullaSass: Currently going through Effexor withdrawals....

/gettin' a kick


Ouch. That's a helluva rebound effect.
 
2013-08-22 08:46:35 PM

solitary: If you think about it, it's quite obvious why America has the highest rates of depression and anxiety in the world.  And quite obvious that it's going to get worse.


Patently false.

But thanks for playing.

Frankly, i think the fact that a lot of Americans take antideps isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's being proactive.

In some countries, fatalism is expected. Life is shiat and then you die. Accept it.

Or you can take some pills and get up and live and function and be pleasant to be around.

Yes, Americans can be superficial and we dont deal well with pain.

There are worse things to be.
 
2013-08-22 09:25:06 PM

lizzyjo: I like reading the stories in this thread. I know I'm not alone.

Yesterday, a co-worker whom I'm friends with mentioned that I have shaky hands. I told her it was because of my meds. She asked what I took meds for, because I looked healthy to her. She didn't mean to pry, but I told her it wasn't her business.

Why is it embarassing to tell someone that you have depression, while telling someone that you have, say, ADD isn't? I've had to tell professors that I have depression, and most understand. (One SOB didn't.) Also, a respectable family friend in his 60s has a brother with depression, and he thinks his brother is a lazy loser, and doesn't understand him at all. I don't get it.


Mental illness is real, and a lot of people don't understand it or have sympathy for it.

That said, depression can be treated in a number of ways- socially, physically, pharmacologically.

Some people can get out of a slump on their own. Some people need help. It's a lot like weight problems.

Shame has been shown to be counterproductive to positive change, but a lot of backward thinking people still like to use it.

I think it ties in to the protestant work ethic myth of rich people are rich because they're just better, holier, and harder working. They pulled themselves up by their bootstraps!

I don't find those types of prople pleasant to be around, and i avoid them whenever possible.

The nice thing about free will is you can choose to avoid those types of judgmental, unsympathetic types, and keep your mental status and medical history to yourself. It's none of their business.
 
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