Hey Dr Dan, very good video and important information and advice, again , thankyou!
The issue of antidepressants and vocal health is definitely one for further discussion... let alone the broader and extremely relevant subject of mental health in singers/musos in general!!
Personally I can attest to both the benefits of antidepressant medication, as well as suffering side effects of taking , in my case, an SSRI, which caused very bad reflux.
As you stress, manage the *whole person* with a trusted GP or psychiatrist.
There is no point singing like a bird if you feel so lousy that it affects your overall functioning and impacts on family, work etc.
Having said that reflux is no joke, and that has to be managed as well as possible.
With so much information from research now known to health professionals we are fortunate to have very viable options to help treat depression or anxiety, and hopefully minimise negative side effects of medication.
I take antidepressants, and I’m having this problem. The dry mouth is so terrible, and my throat is always congested. Thank you for making a video on such a specific problem. I had no idea how to combat the issue, but I’ll take some steps in the right direction.
I asked myself how much medication changes the way you handle or confront your emotions, which is quite important for a singer, in my opinion. You do need to "feel" what you're singing, right?
not trying to say that medication is wrong per se.
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.