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In this video, author and depression counselor Douglas Bloch talks about how to weigh the pros and cons of taking psychiatric medication. He also shares process that will help you decide if you should take antidepressant medications. For more information go to http://healingfromdepression.com To sign up for free weekly videos on depression recovery click here: http://forms.aweber.com/form/31/578698531.htm Music: Somatou by Kakurenbo courtesy of http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kakurenbo/Yukiai_No_Sora/3Somatou through a Creative Commons License.
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suraj mehra (8 дней назад)
Thank you sir. You really are a model to me in my depression. Thank you so much for posting this video.
Douglas Bloch (7 дней назад)
You’re welcome
culchie1982 (1 месяц назад)
Antidepressants like all medications are free in the UK - the benefit of living under socialised healthcare! 👍
culchie1982 (1 месяц назад)
Douglas Bloch yes all medications are free in uk on prescription, waiting for CBT can be quite long but you can always pay privately to see a Psychotherapist.
Douglas Bloch (1 месяц назад)
Are they really? I heard you had to wait a long time to see an individual counselor.
tom bryson (4 месяца назад)
What advice to you have for someone having taken SSRIs or SNRIs for 25 years and struggling with the side effects you’ve mentioned! However when I stop the drugs, even very gradually, I suffer severe anxiety, total loss of appetite and have got to the stage of contemplating suicide to relieve the agony. I was 1st prescribed these drugs for an episode of anxiety which affected my work in my 20s. I had experienced anxiety and panic attacks for years before this but never anywhere near the intensity on stopping medication. I still hope to get off them but last time was very frightening and hard for my family to witness and cope with
Douglas Bloch (4 месяца назад)
I empathize with your plight. Here is an article from the N Times that addresses this problem. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/health/antidepressants-withdrawal-prozac-cymbalta.html
Douglas Bloch (4 месяца назад)
I empathize with your situation. Here isn recent article from the NY Times that speaks to this problem.https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/health/antidepressants-withdrawal-prozac-cymbalta.html
P Wolf (5 месяцев назад)
Good video, but I think it's important to also mention the more serious long term health damage neuroleptics can cause (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, hippocampal atrophy, kidney damage etc) and the addictive nature of psychiatric meds in general, as is now increasingly being revealed (even though the pharma lobby has for decades tried to suppress these findings).
Supa Man (5 месяцев назад)
That was great at the end 😀😀 Thanks for your videos! 🙏👆
Douglas Bloch (5 месяцев назад)
You’re welcome.
lles ballesteros (6 месяцев назад)
late to the game but hahahaha! enjoying this and your other videos so far! :)
Douglas Bloch (6 месяцев назад)
As I used to tell my physics teacher, better late than never.
MrExodia23 (7 месяцев назад)
Awesome ending, thanks for not removing that!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
MrExodia23 (7 месяцев назад)
Douglas Bloch you looked like you were going to pass out you were laughing so hard.
Douglas Bloch (7 месяцев назад)
Thanks. Was I laughing at the end?
Hey Zeus (8 месяцев назад)
THIS medication here, I don’t mind prescribing too. 🙂
Care Bear (11 месяцев назад)
Unfortunately, this is a very very long trial and error kind of experience. I've been tinkering with different meds and doses for 3 years now. I don't have any negative side effects that I can ascertain on my current concoction, though. Time will still have to tell. The only medication I regret having had to try was Abilify, as I gained 50 lbs from it.
Douglas Bloch (11 месяцев назад)
Unfortunately, many antipsychotic medications lead to weight gain. So do some antidepressants. Many years ago, I gained fifty pounds on amitriptyline. Fortunately, I was able to lose most of it.
Puma.81 (11 месяцев назад)
Erectile disfunction? No thanks
Matteo J (1 год назад)
hi doug i would like you to recommend me some medication. Since i often go through dark periods i am looking for something with the least amount of side effects, something that will help me feel numb or anything like it, i most likely dont have depression but i struggle a lot during these crisis, i'm probably suffering from Dhystymia thank you
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
It is difficult to recommend medication because everyone's response is so different. I would work with a psychiatrist or a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner to try medications. That being said, I and others have had a good experience with the antidepressant Wellbutrin
Chengfu Saechao (1 год назад)
OMG!!all them medications made me have daily suicidal thoughts..it was worst for me..so in my experience,medications did not work for me..So i stopped seeing my doctors...not asking for help..i've given up...... i'm not suicidal,but just having Bouts of Depression
Kay Nicole (4 месяца назад)
Ya celexa made me crazy i had to stop and feel so better
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
Some psychiatric medications can cause suicidal thoughts. What kind of medications were you on? Were they antidepressants?
Vishva Kumara (1 год назад)
I do not comprehend why to dislike the act of taking a pill that makes life more livable. Of course there are side-effects, but I find them clearly outweigh the relief they give. It is kind of somewhat exciting to have something that one can pop inside their mouth in hope of things turning brighter within only a couple of weeks. The only thing I dread about ADs is the withdrawal, or not taking them. Cymbalta withdrawal is a living nightmare and I do not want to go through that anymore. If I'm to ever take Cymbalta again, that would be in a life-or-death situation, and will never even try to get off of that afterwards.
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
Yes, antidepressants can help some people. I'm glad that they have helped you. And yes, some are hard to withdraw from.
Vishva Kumara (1 год назад)
Strangely, some of the side effects they mention with ADs are actually some hardest-to-live-with symptoms I had BEFORE taking the meds.
LadyK (1 год назад)
Hello from Australia. I'm struggling so badly and have for years. I'm trying a new med for me but its an old med itself, Nortriptyline and hope to God it kicks in soon. Thank you for your excellent videos, you're wonderful.
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
Thanks for the kind words. My mother tried Nortriptyline and it helped. It also helped a client. I hope that you get some relief from the medication.
Marin W (1 год назад)
Hi Douglas, I found the ending funny too and am glad that you left it like that. I don't have a family doctor or GP to ask for a referral so haven't gone to a different doctor yet. I have been thinking about/doing research into depression/hopeless a lot and realised something. I think I have situational depression. the reason why I got really depressed last Dec is because I went through a loss and yesterday my depression/hopelessness got really bad because of the result of the UK election. The current PM made UK visa rules unfairly strict (even a spouse visa) when she was a home secretary and that is the reason why my British husband and I can't go back there. But the labour party is aware of this issue and they specifically said they were going to scrap the unfair requirement so I was really hoping they would manage to win. It would change our situation completely. But unfortunately the result wasn't good enough. It ended up being a hung parliament but the PM got help from a different party and she and her party is still in power. This discouraged/disappointed me and took away all my hope even though I tried not to set my expectation too high. It made me feel "oh great, I'll have to be stuck where I am and suffer forever. Why do I want to keep going ans try so hard to survive when nothing is getting better?". What can I do to cope with situational depression?
Marin W (1 год назад)
Douglas Bloch I see. I'll look into that. Yesterday I was physically unwell and focused on recovering from side effects, so my depression was sort of in a background. Today I'm feeling better physically but my depression has returned. Both days have been difficult. I think if i can find a part time job (I have been trying for a while but no luck) and have a routine, it might help as at the moment I don't and I don't have any reasons to get out of bed apart from doing chores.
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
Peppermint tea is known to soothe the stomach. You can research other teas as well. Perhaps you can find a general practitioner or family doctor in Japan to prescribe medication.
Marin W (1 год назад)
Douglas Bloch Hmm not sure. don't think so. I got the medicine last August so it's been a while. i was in New Zealand for working holiday and am not going back there. Also she isn't a psychiatrist but GP. My stomach is still upset actually(maybe I have heartburn too) I didn't expect it to be this persistent. Does it have to be peppermint tea or any other kinds of tea helps this side effect? Because yesterday was really hard, I haven't taken the medicine today. I'm not sure if i can handle this. I've dealt with side effects before but this time although I took 5mg, I found it really hard to get through the day as I felt worse. Dealing with depression plus side effects full time at home alone is tough. Yesterday I was feeling miserable too. just trying to hold on...
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
Can you email the doctor? You can drink some peppermint tea for your stomach.
Marin W (1 год назад)
Douglas Bloch I had a rough day suffering from side effects after taking 5mg today. At first it was okay but got worse. the side effects are different this time. I'm dealing with an uncomfortable stomach and feeling more depressed/hopeless. The doctor who prescribed me Lexapro is in New Zealand (I switched it to paxil so i still have them) and I'm in Japan now so I don't have any doctors to discuss this.
nancyolin514 (1 год назад)
Another excellent video. Thank you, Douglas. I feel vindicated in taking the meds as long as I have. I really do need them. And I'm glad you kept that ending!
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
It was quite accidental.
KHrize3 (1 год назад)
hi Douglas, can you do a video talking about social anxiety and depression? I've found it very difficult to find help for depression because of my social anxiety.
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
I am going to do a series of videos on various disorders and social anxiety is one of them. Hopefully by the end of the summer. If you send me your email address I will notify you when I publish the video.
samar singh (1 год назад)
Thanks for the video. Is it true that Introvert and Sensitive people are more prone to depression and mental illness ?
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
Yes that is true. You can read a book called The Highly Sensitive Person.
Sky Miller (1 год назад)
YOU SAID, "To correct chemical imbalances in the brain", around 7:18. You should know that there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance in the brain. There has never been any scientific evidence proving this theory. This was cleared up once and for all "many" times and documented in the most prestigious publications by some of the biggest authorities in the medical and scientific fields and again backed by the psychiatric community. The psychiatric pills that you speak of, actually create chemical imbalances by disrupting the natural chemical and biological processes that occur in the body. That theory of a chemical imbalance is used only by the pharmaceutical companies to sell drugs; their drugs do not correct any such thing. So stop spreading an old theory as fact, because it is a lie.
Ste (1 год назад)
Hi Douglas, I wrote a blog today about the depressive episode I am currently coming out of and was wondering if you'd be interested in reading it. Or, on that note, if any of your viewers that are struggling at the moment would like to read. cheers guys https://www.reddit.com/r/mentalhealth/comments/6fw23c/depression_and_derealisation_these_alien_feelings/
Ste (1 год назад)
I'm still waiting on it at the moment, I've been referred to a new mental health service via the primary mental health services on the NHS. It should come through in the next couple of weeks, but I've also been assessed by a mental health nurse which put my mind at rest about having other mental health conditions on top of depression and anxiety. I think Remeron has also been a big help, little side effects, just a couple of pounds added to my weight. A small cost for myself. P.s. That ending was hillarious
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
I liked your post. Did you get any additional counseling in addition to being in a support group?
Mellybeans0919 (1 год назад)
I picked up your book from the library yesterday, already began reading - great stuff! Good video, the ending is hilarious :)
Mellybeans0919 (1 год назад)
I basically finished it, I'll re-read parts again. Overall good book, being an atheist I skipped the religious aspects, but the rest is solid advice. I have had depression and anxiety 11 years, but I am only now really seeing how having a schedule/routine and things to keep busy are so key to keeping it at bay! I am going to work on making my days more fulfilling and meaningful.
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
No problem.
Mellybeans0919 (1 год назад)
I will. I appreciate you always taking the time to reply to Youtube comments too!
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
Let me know what you think of the recovery program.
Mellybeans0919 (1 год назад)
Finished the memoir, just beginning the recovery program now.
MissfireJack (1 год назад)
I'm supposed to be sleeping and that ending made me laugh and wake up my dogs! Thanks Douglas! I've decided to try some meds for anxiety when I get back. I don't really want to touch the depression with meds yet, if that makes sense. I understand the "flat" feeling though. When mine were actually working, I felt flat. Very 2 dimensional. It sucked. But I think when I get back from the mountains I'm going to try anxiety meds first. Then see what happens.
Willie Burce (6 месяцев назад)
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
You will figure it out. Make sure that you are working with a good prescriber.
MissfireJack (1 год назад)
Douglas Bloch I'm actually not sure. There's alot to think about and I just need to figure out how to bring it up. But I guess I'll figure it out by trial and error.
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
That sounds good. What type of anxiety meds are you thinking of taking? Some SSRI antidepressants such as Paxil are said to reduce anxiety. Then there are the benzodiazepines such as Klonopin, Xanax and Ativan, but those should be used at low doses to prevent dependence.
Brian W. (1 год назад)
Is your prescribed anti-depressant working, Douglas? :)
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
I take Wellbutrin and Ability and I think they are working. I can't be sure, but my doctor does not want me to stop in case they are working.
J P (1 год назад)
Thanks for all the great info I always like hearing your segments on depression and anxiety. What is your thoughts about ketamine infusion for depression?
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
Ketamine infusions are becoming more popular. Their positive effects are short lived, but people still find benefit. They are bit expensive and I don't think that insurance covers them. Check to see who offers the service in your area.
Jay bird (1 год назад)
That ending!!!! lol thank you douglas
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
It was completely accidental, but funny, so we left it in.
Ivan Herrera (1 год назад)
Very valuable information! I already PRESCRIBED to your channel jujuju Saludos desde México!
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
I'm glad you enjoyed the humor.
Stop Kafirophobia (1 год назад)
Dude, that ending was priceless!! 😂🤣😂🤣
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
It was totally unintended.
KingStivan (1 год назад)
wish there was a medication for what i have ...
Claire Willow (4 месяца назад)
Me too :( just went off a antipsychotic because it wasn't working to deal with my anxiety or paranoia or mood swings :/ and I've had over 3 different diagnoses at this point. Ugh
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
I look forward to your feedback.
KingStivan (1 год назад)
thank you . untill then i'll keep watching your videos .
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
That's fine. I hope that you find a way to successfully treat what you have, either physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.
KingStivan (1 год назад)
Douglas Bloch it's private :<
abc123754212 (1 год назад)
that ending !!!!!! LMAO
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
Yes, it was funny--completely unrehearsed
Your Mom (1 год назад)
I need the meds.
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
If they help, then you should take them. They can make all the difference for some people.
MrWheelman82 (1 год назад)
Ah yes, weight gain, I gained about 30kg in 2-3 months when I was on low doses (for my size) of Fluoxetine and Abilify, I went from 120kg to 150kg, I'm 1.97m tall so it's not that extreme, but now I'm losing a lot of weight but the striae are still there. Nice error at the end :).
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
I have had a similar experience on Abilify
sisyphus-wins (1 год назад)
Doug, would you be able to make a video on the Depression, Sadness & anxiety that comes from a breakup & how to cope? I've been really struggling with this the past few weeks & would greatly appreciate your thoughts & guidance.
sisyphus-wins (1 год назад)
Douglas Bloch Thank you so much for planning to help us out with this. I originally found your work trying to understand the experience of depression & anxiety (my old girlfriend struggles with both) in an effort to care for her better, but your videos have helped me work through my own dark days. Thank you again, my Brother & I send much love & respect to you, your clients & the online community.
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
You are not alone. I have found that divorce/breakup is the most common trigger for depression. I will making a video of this in July. In the meantime, find a good therapist with whom you can process your feelings. If it is a divorce, find a divorce support group. These groups exist on meetup.com, and there may be other kinds of "break-up" groups. If not, you can start one. Also, there are probably good books on the subject. Google "coping with a relationship breakup loss" and you will get lots of information on how to cope. Here is one of the many articles that I found. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/dealing-with-a-breakup-7-tips_n_3389381.html
MisterBassBoost (1 год назад)
When is your next video? :D Keep it up!
Douglas Bloch (1 год назад)
The next video is on how to create a vision statement of wellness and will be published on June 12.

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