I made a video about going on antidepressants. Here's my experience so far.
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I made a video about my decision to go on antidepressants. After several months of being on them, I can say that they've made a tremendous impact on my life. I've been clinically depressed for years, but have refused to get on medication due to my own stigma against seeking help for mental health. I hope that this video helps destigmatize some of the issues surrounding depression and encourages those who need help to seek it - whether that's therapy, healthy lifestyle changes, or seeing a doctor to inquire about medication.
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Well, I startes with 50 mg but it wasn't my medicine. I was being sooo sad so I had to take it from my friend and the first time I used it, first hour I felt anxious. Then in the middle of the lesson, ı started to yawn and giggle. I felt sooo funny. I couldn't help but smile. And İ've never been so happy in my entire life. And İ've never been sooo sleepy in my entire life. I had a headache and my eyes were heavy and I wad soo sleepy but I was laughing at the same time!
You are so brave to put your story out there, and it really speaks to me. Those who want to blame your depression on your period and others who want to make make dumb comments about your poop are truely not worth thinking about. For whatever reason they comment on those things because the bottom line is; thats what they are thinking of, if you are menstrating or what color of poop you have. Please continue these videos because even if it affects one person positively, thats one person's life you could change. I apreciate you <3
It's so validating to hear from wholesome people like yourself. Thank you for making these vids, I feel less alone and more calm. :) I wish I knew more people like you in real life tho, and have these type of friendships were we could just talk about this without anyone feeling uncomfortable and just get eachother. :( seriously, thank you <3
Dont know if you are going to read this comment
But i used to be like this a lot, not crying part , but yeah, depression was a very much part of me
But with time i realised, it was not beacuse of whats happening in this world,but beacuse of me ...
I ised to think wayyy much than i should, so i made a wallpaper in my cell "Keep calm and stop thinking" and whenever i saw that wallpapee, i would shut down anything that i was thinking , that is when half of my problems including depression started to dissapear....
All the best
We know from history and archaeology that Jesus was prophesied about before he was even born.
There is hope in the new birth of believing in his work on the cross.
Seek the Lord, all you who are [mentally] weary!
Coming from someone who has dealt with depression and the shame of it too.
Spiritual warfare is real, and mental illness is related to it. Let’s not be ashamed.
I took antidepressants for a bit but I eventually felt that I deserved my depression and i was cheating myself because I gave myself my depression even tho that’s not true. My parents want me to take them because they are “sick and tired of me acting like this” but I just cant. I also tried not to cut while taking them because I “wanted to stop my negativity” but I can’t, I need to cut myself to feel satisfied. I’m sorry if this all sounded weird because I can’t explain things well, but it makes sense if u get me
I think the reason depression is such a large problem in our society is because too many of us look for happiness as a GOAL rather than a side effect. Feelings are only temporary and often times sporadic. Life comes with happiness, sadness, excitement, boredom, all of the above. If people change their mind set and acknowledge that happiness comes and goes we would be less depressed. We should aim for joy and meaning in our lives. Doing things that have meaning and give you Joy will often times bring happiness to your life. But don't forget that there is no such thing as happiness if sadness didn't exist. Just learn to live with and control your emotions, it's life. - my two cents
Lexapro made me tired but sertraline doesn't. If the tiredness gets too much, get your doctor to try you on another. Lexapro is just the first one they seem to try people on because it's one of the newest.
Can somebody please tell me if this is right?
My doctor prescribed antidepressants for me and asked me to take it only for 6 months and asked to stop my Meds for bipolar disorder too. Is this good or harmful?
I’m really scared to go in anti depressants. I’ve been depressed for s long time and have talk to a couple therapist. I feel like now is the time for me go on antidepressants, but I’m scared I’ll get addicted.
Does anyone know what i should do? I can’t really talk about this to anyone because my friends are bad with advice and my parents would get really angry. This really has been the lowest I have been
Thank you for talking about this. I recently decided "after many years" of being an emotionaly rollercoaster and denying medication. Finally to be open to seeing what medication would do for me. You pretty much described my current thought process. I love the pause it gives yo9u to think without emotion and take a step back and calculate weather someone is worth robbing you of "emotion". I dont think ill be stopping any time soon either. Good luck <3
I was broken by psychiatrist when I was a kid they wanted a drain all of my emotion they would raise my dose even when I told them I was doing fine about your mother should’ve happened but basically you get the point that I was deeply manipulated and deeply scarred by it
Reality Check thanks for your concern, but this decision is following a lengthy conversation with my doctor, we’ve been discussing this option for about 2 years now, and my family and doctor are in full support of the medication! I think that Anna is using her platform to spread awareness about topics such as mental illness and to share her experiences to help her audience, and i really don’t need a stranger on the Internet to try and make decisions about what is heathy for me. Cheers!
I’ve just started Lexapro 10mg for my anxiety about 5 days ago and I take them in the morning with my breakfast. I haven’t noticed a difference yet as I still wake up panicked and anxious but I’m hoping it kicks in soon because I hate getting up for my day ready to run a marathon
Tatalab siya pagka fluctuating talaga ung mood mo pero kung stable naman na ung emotion mo tapos gumamit ka pa niyan parang wala na siyang bearing. Sa akin tatalab yan kaso wala namang nagpreprescribe ng Antidepressants sa Pinas.
I’m on antidepressants for my clinical depression. About 3 months into me taking them, my close friend passed away from unknown circumstances. I’d say that without my antidepressants and my therapy I was receiving at the time for my pre-existing depression, I wouldn’t have lived through the grief and would’ve taken my own life out of the pain I was going through daily. I am so grateful for my medication and whilst a lot of people don’t get along well with it, I personally found that it saved my life.
That’s great you had a good reaction to it, SSRI’s (class of antidepressants)have never worked for me partially due to my disorder and Lexapro was a nightmare for me especially with my health issues.
It’s all different for everyone , I take stronger medication that many find to be more controversial but it’s what worked for me and helped me recover.
And no one should shame you for your treatment working properly, just like you said
you have no idea how much this has helped me. I have been struggling with the idea of going on anti-depressants for awhile. everyone told me I was weak because I couldn't help myself but watching this I feel so much better about the idea of needing just a little help.
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I just got off 10mg of Lexapro for anxiety and while I felt it was necessary to get on it when I did and then wait until school ended to finally get off them, it was like picking one evil or another once my initial horrible anxiety that got me on it ended just like 2 months into the total 9. it gave me horrible creepy nightmares every single night to the point where I'd be dreading and afraid of sleep almost, and I needed to take medication for that side effect, and it made me super sleepy to the point where I needed 12 hours of sleep a night to finally feel fully rested, and then I took another medication that *that* side effect which didn't even work. Plus no Os 😭, and the med for the sleepiness was supposed to help here too but it didn't work either. it felt weird to be on a medication that gave so many bad side effects to the point where I needed medication to treat the side effects of another medication. I felt like I just traded one problem for another. And I felt trapped cuz once you're on antidepressants you have to stay on it for so long before u can come off. But again, I felt they did serve their purpose. And btw I tried Zoloft first and it had the same side effects, that's why when I went to Lexapro and still had the same issues, I didn't bother trying yet another med. And a few years back I tried Celexa which made me gain so much weight, which made me feel a bit anxious! Now, I'm working through an Acceptance and Commitment workbook for anxiety so that I hopefully won't need to turn to antidepressants again.
I had very similar experience as you, except I always felt that I have a lot of energy, first time in my life I felt good while working out.
It's so wierd, I felt so good. I was thinking 'is this how normal people feels like?' Now, when I stopped taking antidepressants it's easier for me to understand other people because of that experience
The antidepressants made me feel like a vegetable. I couldn't do anything. I just wanted to stay in bed and watch stuff on Netflix all day, mainly because that was the only thing I had had energy for, so I decided to stop taking them.
Due to my family's and my opinion that I was not actually depressed and just had something wrong with me I went straight to a therapist rather than a doctor. My experience with that therapist didn't change my depresssion or "problem" but rather changed my view on life and how my emotions can be controlled. She actually did very little just sat back and let me talk. It was weird that I felt like we were going no-where but I was making such leaps in my mental discovery
My antidepressants were making me very sleepy and sick, so I was taking them before going to bed. Kinda helped me with my insomnia, the only downside was that I couldn't make myself get up even after 9-10 hours of sleep. So I was tired. I'm off the medicine now, because it helped me get through stuff, but I kinda miss falling asleep 15 minutes after getting in bed compared to me now, going back to my insomnia with spending 2-3 hours just laying in bed and trying to fall asleep. Overall, I honestly don't think I could've made it through that time of pain on my own.
I'm starting my treatment on wednesday and hopefully it'll all work out. My emotions too are a rollercoaster and I'm so glad that you spoke about it. This is so inspirational and not many people understand mental illness as we do. Thanks for just being you Anna ❤ your videos are so inspiring
i started lexapro (10mg) about 3 months ago for anxiety/panic and i’m loving it! i was also super tired but that only lasted for about a week or so and then i felt fine. i feel like i have so much more energy than i used to, i don’t dwell on things as much, and i hardly have panic attacks anymore. i loved how you described the stability because that’s exactly how it feels for me. i used to feel so out of control all the time and now i feel like i’m at least stable. even though anxiety will always be a part of my life, my meds have helped me get to a more manageable level to improve my everyday life.
the stigma around mental health is so annoying and it’s wonderful that you’re doing what you can to break that stigma! i’m glad meds are a positive thing for you!
It's really interesting how everyone reacts, I personally hated being on anti-depressants because I felt... Flat? I don't really know how to describe it but there was no extreme low (which was obviously good) but at the same time, there was no high. It almost leveled out my moods too much so I couldn't really feel anything. I hate not feeling anything worse than I hate extreme lows so I went off them after a while. But each to their own, right?
Keep in mind that antidepressants vary widely based on the individual taking them. One Lexapro pill gave me serotonin syndrome and almost killed me. My girlfriend at the time took Lexapro and was just super numb to everything. Our brains are all different. I have permanent brain damage from one 10mg pill of Lexapro almost 12 years later.
hey im on lexapro too! it's taken 5 andi-depressants in the past three years to find something that works, but im finally managing my suicidal thoughts! lol
im only 17 and ill never escape the nightmare that is the swirling, gripping tar-pit of depression
You are amazing, I have struggled with depression since I was really little, off mess I would hurt myself and want to die and I never understood why I felt those things. People still sometimes tell me that life on meds is a fake life or while you take meds you are no better then a drug addict. But now I know those people just do not understand what it is like to live with such a challenging illness and if taking meds helps me to function a little bit more and not want to die then I'm staying on them.
Thanks for sharing... I took antidepressants for a few years, they where great for me apart from the tiredness. Only my very closest friends and family knew about my struggles with mental health... good on ya for being so open.. NUFF respect!👍✊
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.