Dr. Julie Holland argues that women are designed by nature to be dynamic and sensitive – women are moody and that is a good thing. Yet millions of women are medicating away their emotions because we are out of sync with our own bodies and we are told that moodiness is a problem to be fixed. One in four women takes a psychiatric drug. If you add sleeping pills to the mix the statistics become higher. Overprescribed medications can have far-reaching consequences for women in many areas of our lives: sex, relationships, sleep, eating, focus, balance, and aging. Dr. Holland's newest book is titled Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having and What’s Really Making You Crazy.
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Transcript: The main kind of antidepressant that is the most popularly prescribed are the SSRIs and these are medicines that increase serotonin transmission. And when you start to push on the doses of these SSRIs you start to lose some sort of quintessential feminine things. First of all it becomes much hard to climax and it becomes much, much harder to cry. But you also see decreases in empathy, in sensitivity, in passion.
The simple way of thinking about an SSRI is that you have two brain cells and one is a pitcher and one is a catcher. So pitch, catch. Pitch, catch. So this nerve cell is throwing serotonin across and this one is catching it. What the medicines do is they block the recycling back into the pitcher. So, you know, I’m throwing, I’m throwing, some of this gets caught, some of it gets dropped. It just doesn’t get over there but I’ll suck it back in and try again. So if you block the recycling more is in the middle to get across. So there’s more, you know, the space between the nerve cells is called the synapse. If you block the recycling of the serotonin into the releasing cell more is available for the catching cell. So it ends up enhancing the transmission. How enhanced serotonergic transmission translates into feeling better and feeling less anxious is much more complicated. But, you know, the simplistic way to think about it is that if you have higher levels of serotonin, if your transmission is better you will be more relaxed and more happy. It’s a little easier to smile. It’s a little harder to cry.
So, you know, I’ve had patients come to me and say, you know, I’ve tried antidepressants before but they always made me feel like a zombie or they didn’t make me feel like myself. Or I had a patient who said like I cut my finger and I looked down and I saw that it was bleeding and I saw that it was my blood but I didn’t really feel like connected to my finger or the blood. You know, things like that that are really, really worrisome. Or I’ve had patients say, you know, I was in this situation where I knew I should be crying and I couldn’t cry. And, you know, I felt terrible that I couldn’t express that emotion to bond with my friend or something like that.
So these antidepressants do scale back a lot of expression of emotion and feeling emotion even sort of thinking emotional thoughts. If you’re terribly depressed and you need antidepressants to get out of bed and function and go to work I get it. That’s one thing. But what I’m worried about is more and more women deciding to go on antidepressants because their friends are doing it and that’s what’s, you know, more and more women who are at work are taking these SSRIs so that they cannot cry, not get flustered, keep going forward. You know I think it jives with this sort of forward momentum agenda that so many of us have and especially in the workplace. But, you know, I would say at what cost? You know it is true that SSRIs can help you get ahead and there have been really interesting animal studies where, you know, the primates who are on SSRIs ascended up the dominance hierarchy. And the ones who became dominated over got stressed out and had lower serotonin levels. So there does seem to be some component of serotonin affecting dominance hierarchies and, you know, the ability to move ahead or to lean in.
So I totally get that there are advantages to being on an SSRI in the workplace. But, you’re going to miss out on knowing what’s right because you feel it or being hurt by what somebody said and showing them that you’re hurt. And so that person can learn that their behavior has emotional consequences for other people. So and it changes the whole sort of tone of the workplace. There’s going to be less accountability and less sort of calling people on their misbehavior if you’re not even feeling that anyone misbehaved. [TRANSCRIPT TRUNCATED]
If you're a person who originally displayed low level of sympathy prior to depression and taking an SSRI, then yes what she is saying may apply and those ppl may become extremely un-empathetic, but if ones emotion is the reason that gets in way of intelligent thought processing, and you need such drug to tone your extremities of anxiety and depression down a notch, the drug could for those "poor suckers" do wonders. It's like any other hard life decisions, we all gotta decide the trade-off ourselves whether the now person is who we want to change :x
First of all I would like to say wow WELL DONE! This is an incredibly informative video. I gained a lot of insight and find much of what was proposed in this video to be relatable. Having experienced SSRIs for a few years now, I definitely can speak to the social aspect... I found it very difficult to make friends before SSRIs and though it is still somewhat difficult, I do make friends and am able to socialize properly with coworkers. i had an extreme case of depression in adulthood and was initially opposed to taking medicine, but I’ve found that SSRIs make a world of difference! I don’t enjoy sex so I’m not too bummed about that part... and I would say for sure I’m still vulnerable and emotional when times get tough. It’s not a cure all. I have a lot of personality issues I’m working on. For now this works for me.
when antidepressants take away your horrible panic attacks, hideous social anxiety disorder, excessive fear, nervousness, worry, sensitive to critism and insults, lack of confidence, depression, guilt, thoughts of suicide. ....WHO GIVES A A SHIT ABOUT NOT CRYING, NOT EMPATHIZING, NOT SHOWING EMOTION! !!!!!
This is pure quackery, as far as I'm concerned. "Quintissential feminine behaviour" she described are human behaviours initiated in the right side of the brain. Every human being has that, not just women. Targeting women with this, especially depressed women is irresponsible. People take their own lives because of depression and anxiety disorders. Medication is already stigmatised. But sure, let's make that worse.
Ive been on paxil for a week and i dont feel like myself i feel numb to things that I was interested again .. I feel like i dont know who i am while on it... It helps calm my nerves but my mind is still worrying
Wow, I take Wellbutrin, and I’m finally able to work on things now, I am not going and being impulsive
Tho I guess I did shave half my head randomly the other day
Anyway, consider checking out my camera if u r depressed. Sometimes I make people feel better I have heard
WOW this is so true! Paxil has really just made me numb. I continued to take it because at least I wasn't feeling depressed but at the same time I wasn't feeling ANYTHING! I've been on them for a while and been trying many times to get off. It's SO hard. If at all possible, don't get on SSRI's . Try natural remedies.
They always reference the negative and the horror stories. They never talk about those who it helps which is exponentially more than those whom it hurts. If you find yourself having negative side effects with a drug, the first thing that even Band Aid recommends is to talk to your doctor and discontue use. But people don't..which I don't get. If a med makes you worse you wean off of it and do something else.
What this woman is saying is true to an extent. I have been taking ssri’s for 3/4 years, and I quit 2 months ago. Looking back, I can definitely see I had less empathy, couldn’t cry very often etc. Although my mood was stable, I didn’t get panic attacks... I have panic attacks everytime I have to leave the house now, sometimes even when I have to leave my room. I cry multiple times a day, I feel like the world is just too much for my brain to handle. On my meds, I didn’t feel apathetic, I just had the right amount of empathy and emotions to function like a normal human being. Yes, ssri’s do these things, but if you’re on the right dosage and you actually have a mental illness that can’t be fixed with just therapy, they might save your life, like they did for me. I’m probably going back on them soon. Don’t judge people who take them unless you have been right there in their shoes. You do not know what others are going through. Some people can function just fine with a little therapy, excercise and a healthy diet. Others need medication to fix chemical imbalances in their brain. And you have no right to judge their choice to try and feel happy again. Everyone deserves to feel happy.
I’m probably in the minority but I like a psychologist/psychiatrist who isn’t so gung-ho on medicating. I had a therapist (not even an MD) who really tried to push meds on me when I made it clear time and again I wanted to use non-pharmacologic methods. I know antidepressants work really well for many people, but for me they either didn’t work or gave me really bad side effects. Medications aren’t for everyone, and I think that’s all she’s trying to say....like, don’t think antidepressants are this panacea that’s gonna heal you.
The correct dose can be lifesaving. If you feel disconnected or lack empathy you may need a different med or lower dose. Be careful when making blanket statements about antidepressants. It can be harmful to others well being who need medical help.
Really makes me cringe when doctors tell patients that their brain chemistry is out of wack without doing any tests to prove it because they know that’s bullshit. I quit my antidepressants the drugs are dogshit for me.
The pharmaceutical trolls are on full throttle. Funny how people who are so well on their medications like to watch videos about problems with medications. When something solves a certain condition most people would just get on with life. Not watch things that don't apply to them. Funny that.
Interesting video. I'm on 25 mg of Sertraline (Zoloft) and I can say that I'm far less weepy, depressed, stressed out, anxious, and overwhelmed. My emotions and feelings are still in tact and I have always been an empathizer - so much so that it's hurt me - but now I have more control over my emotions, feelings, and moods. It's not perfect. The medication makes me irritable and I easily become agitated but I can clearly identify those moods as a side-effect so no big deal. I still have to work at being motivated to do things - but the SSRI (even that low dose) has made a tremendous impact on my daily life.
I'm actually looking forward not being able to empathize. I'm an empath and soak up people's energy to a point where I'm constantly anxious so that's why I need my prescribed ssri lexipro. Starting it next week
I just recently started taking an SSRI (Citophram? a.k.a - "Cylexa") an antidepressant that I was told helps with anxiety which is my main issue. I have never felt more amazing honestly. I no longer dwell on negative thoughts (my anxiety), lowered my OCD tendencies pretty drastically, so feeling less "emotional" on a sense is amazing for me just because I do have generalized anxiety disorder, I also just recently went through a pretty bad breakup which has caused me massive anxiety and depression.. but yes... the feeling of not easily crying and feeling overly emotional, and the sex stuff of what she explained was pretty spot on, at least in my case. I am also taking only 10 mg, but personally, It has changed my mindset and overall wellbeing for the best. everyone has different side effects with medications, the only issue I'm afraid of is possible weight gain which is usual with many antidepressants... thank you for this insightful video though..
My perception of this video. I think it seems focused on the female side of things. Totally agree with comments about how desperate you are when depressed and who cares if your empathy goes, you just want to survive. I know it sounds a cliche but having suffered for many years with depression you cannot beat a regular long walk. Try it.
I have experienced lack of sympathy and reduced sex drive. I've been on ssri's (zoloft) for like 3 months now and one of the things I noticed was an increased pleasure for extreme violence e.g. If I'm watching a show and someone gets brutally jabbed and gutted I find it amusing and satisfying. This is not consistent with my normal personality, I've always hated dead bodies and been disturbed by cold blooded killing. But there was a period of time when those things seemed very interesting to me. On the other hand, zoloft did help A LOT with my anxiety (depression is up and down). Cannabis has helped me feel better but I would to completely stop the ssri's. My tolerance for violence is worrying and there have been times when I wished I had an excuse to kill someone just to see how it felt, and that's without giving too much detail.
Everyone in this comment section is a fucking idiot. I am right. If you disagree with me, you are not correct. Here is the truth:
First of all, depression is real. I don’t really know what else to say. I know a bunch of you are edgy kids and stupid adults who don’t know jack shit, but it’s the truth. It doesn’t happen to everyone and if it hasn’t happened to you, you’re very lucky.
SSRIs work... for some people. For the people who they do work for, they do what they’re supposed to and they can be just what someone needs. But they don’t work for everyone.
I used to be able to empathize with people, but now that I have been on Escitalopram for almost a year, I find it hard to care, I started noticing this a while back, I used to be really good at listening to people and simply letting them talk and empathize with them, now I have to pay attention for cues so that I can respond and act like I actually care so they don't think I am a heartless bastard, I am aware that I should care, but I don't, friends, family and coworkers would tell me their problems, serious problems some times, and I feel very little if anything, its like everything now is just simply matter of fact to me.
Maybe I should just talk to my doctor about this, he does seems to genuinely care about my well being whenever I go see him.
Im already numb with every feeling. Cant feel happines, cant feel love, cant feel sadness, just constant anxiety and numbness . And also i dont have libido or sexdrive, i sleep like shit, dont have motivation and i am depersonalized so i dont feel like myself.. i already have the most common side effects of SSRI. Maybe they will disapeare than afterwards. I will try Zoloft. Got nothing to lose...:)
I woke up coughing until I was started on 40mg paroxetine for a couple weeks. Nobody took my anxiety seriously until I started having panic attacks. Even then, people still acted like I was just being a *normal just dramatic moody female*
I got put on ssris when I was 13 , I think , and they've made me so unempathetic that I don't even feel love towards my family anymore. They put me on them to help with my childhood tragedies and stuff but as I've gotten older , now 26, I believe that at the time I was pit on them , I was unable to think about how to help myself instead of taking meds, and I just listened to my family make the decision for me to take this shit. If you are looking to take meds for depression , I suggest you do some soul searching and find out who you really are and how you tick and figure out how you can really help yourself
I’m on Paxil and I can cry, empathise and climax although it is a little harder, but sometimes you just need them. If I had my choice, I’d rather be off, but through the abuse I suffered as a child, I know for sure, I’d be dead if I’d not been put on them. I thank God for ssri’s and I’d rather be off, but it will take careful planning.
Having itarally no energy, and having a hard time to be happy is overpowering the side effects so much, that they are basically nothing compared to the hell that depressed people have to live with. the side effects may last for a couple days, weeks or months, but depression can last your entire life if nothing is done with it. to even dare to think of suicide is the most uncofterable thing ever. especially if you are trying to explain it to someone you know. for half a year, even my parents thought i was bullshitting when i tried to explain how i felt about my life. the first time i managed to man myself up and talk about how i felt, my mom instantly thought it was an excuse of some sort. when i heard that, it felt like i got boxed in the throat. that was the worst moment of my life.
i think antidepressants does way more good if you have a pretty bad case of depression.
I found Lexapro is helping my depression however I completely understand what you are saying. I have had episodes where I know I should be sad and I feel nothing and can't cry. It is frustrating at times. But I feel happier overall.
A lot of peoples' "Fucked-up idnes" is because of the Psychologists and Psychiatrists who are constantly "telling" people how they are supposed to feel and behave. The only reason this JWO creation was given Dr. status is so they can bill our insurance companies...more enslavement.
This woman is talking so much BS... I don't think anyone would take anti depressants because their friends are on them! What planet is this woman on? She's clearly not suffered from depression or anxiety in her life. It's not about self medicating in order to stop vulnerability... it's about being able to function as a human being again. Most people who take anti-depressants are at their wits end and aren't able to function anymore. Such ignorance... How can you treat people for depression?!
Women are not designed to be sensitive and emphatic..
If you suffer from a depression, take AD to feel normal, dont tell yourself you cant take it cause you're a women and you are designed to be sensitive and helpful and whatever the fuck people say...
How could you medicate yourself on antidepressant? I mean from where I come, they are very tightly regulated and can only be purchased trough prescription. I know since I took some for my depression. Also, GP is not allowed to prescribe them here; only psychiatrist have the authority to prescribe psychiatric drugs.
This is a weird video. Anti-depressants are designed to help people avoid killing themselves in one way or another. It certainly can be that there are negative tradeoffs that blunt emotions etc if it helps the person stay alive until they can get help to deal with life in better ways. Each person is different and for some that tradeoff may be worth it. For others it isn’t and they either need a smaller dose or need to try the homeopathic remedies. Also I disagree with crying, passion, climaxing being “quintessentially feminine” things - that just contributes to the idea that women “own” those things while at the same time men are criticized for not having enough of them. That’s an unfair catch-22 that will make any men hearing such talk totally confused if they feel like crying - they are likely to fall for the stereotype that they are not “real” or “fully” men if they cry. Not helpful advice from a purported professional.
I have, It use to work and I kept upping my dosage for it to work and still nothing like the first year. It was like the biggest tease ever. Now with Welbutrin there is no happy or sad its just blahhhhh lol I can't function anymore.
All these symptoms are for those who arent diagnosed with depression and are still taking anti-depressants. For people who are diagnosed with depression, life only gets better with anti-depressant.
I was diagnosed with depression, social anxiety and panic attacks and anti-depressants have worked wonders for me. Whats even better is that I had high blood pressure which didnt respond to BP medication but since taking anti-depressants my BP is perfectly normal.
All I hear is women women women and feminine qualities. This clip is pretty poor and for all of he knowledge she seems to have she has no idea what it’s really like to be on antidepressants. Just because someone is speaking from authority does not mean they are correct. I feel like big think Is doing a disservice here more than anything.
Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.
They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
Depression Medications (Antidepressants)
These are the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, and possibly but less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain.
SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression, and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
SSRIs block the reuptake, or absorption, of serotonin in the brain. This makes it easier for the brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.
They are called "selective" because they mainly seem to affect serotonin, and not the other neurotransmitters.