There's a big misconception that antidepressants create this euphoria and complete sense of well-being and make you happy. This is absolutely false. The truth is, antidepressants won't make you happy if you are initially dissatisfied with your life situation. However, it's kind of like the chicken or the egg situation: Are you depressed because your life is a bit of a mess, or is your life chaotic and out of order because you are depressed? In this video I speak about antidepressants not being the best solution if you're not making any positive changes in your life. If you are depressed because your life situation isn't all it could be, antidepressants aren't a very logical solution.
Please consult your doctor before taking antidepressants and if possible, try looking at other solutions before taking medication. No one likes being on antidepressants or taking pharmaceuticals so if you can avoid it, all the power to ya!
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Depression to Expression hey! I have been watching your videos for a few weeks now. They are very motivating and enlightening! Last year has been quite hard on me, I suffer from OCD and anxiety and a few months back hit an all-time low for me (as of yet). However, medication seemed to improve my depressive/obsessive state then, but right now I have been noticing it seems to have become quite ineffective. I guess I now know why!
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I had been on several different types of SSRI’s Anti-depressants for around 9 years, the most recent one was 7 years, I won’t name it, but I was on 225mg. They worked so well for me initially, but as the years went by I began to experience unpleasant side effects, such as constant blood-pressure problems which caused me to feel faint and nauseous, brain zaps, inability to get a decent nights sleep or get to sleep at all for several days. Eventually my anxiety slowly crept back into my life as well as depression. It affected my ability to reach orgasm with my partner, let’s just say even after 30 minutes or more I couldn’t get there. About 2 years ago I decided to quit the medication, ever since I now suffer for PME(premature ejaculation), I literally couldn’t go 5 seconds, which made me feel terrible & inadequate that I couldn’t satisfy my partner, I’d often cry after sex for how frustrating it was, luckily she was supportive and understanding, now, 2 years later I’m still suffering from it but not as bad, longest I’m able to last is 2-5minutes tops. As for my anxiety and depression I actually feel better now than when I was on them, of course everyone’s bodies/brains will react differently, side-effects will vary to non-existent to far more extreme, apparently though PME is a common symptom for males coming off of SSRI’s, thought I’d just share my story to strangers cause I’m bored I guess.
Apologies if this is TMI or discouraging please feel free to delete it, one of my psychologists is actually anti-medication and believes in natural remedies such as sunlight, exercise & nutritional diets, which was refreshingly surprising.
Anxiety and depression, two differents things than often come together... well i have dealing with both for a long time and have taken a lot of medications but i can say you just learn to control yourself, you learn what you have to change in your life to be a little better but i finally got a treatment that Make me sleep, being quiet, at least i can say it helps me a lot and control my anxiety and i think i need it right now, my dad died, mom got sick, it’s Been shit but at least i dont wanna kill myself anymore 🤣 (sorry my English sucks)
you need to separate first the source of the problem, is an emotional problem that could be solved by guided therapy or is a physiological and neurological problem that requires medication and a regular control with a psychiatrist. that's the first step to get the help you need
Prescription drugs like Prozac are banned in my country that's why I had to resort to "natural alternatives" like 5-HTP. I will try it, so I have no comments for now. I just have tried Modafinil and Melatonin. They're both effective. But they're not antidepressants. They're for focus and sleep. Modafinil is effective for focus but I still feel sad that's why I wasn't contented, I'll try serotonin next. Being drunk is effective, but it has hangover and it hardly lasts. You're only happy when you're drunk, after that, you're sad again.
people think antidepressants are like a magic pill that makes you happy and high and jolly. For me, they did at first, but as my body got used to it, really just all of my emotions got dulled in a way. I still feel sad, happy, angry, what have you, but all of it is just really dull and watered down. I do feel a bit more motivafion, but also alot of just general apathy. It's a blessing and a curse, I know longer feel depressed for weeks/months on end, and I can actually experience happiness at times. But I do feel somewhat like a zombie, I feel so detached from my emotions. This isn't to discourage the use of antidepressants, for me atleast they definitely helped me find stability. Bug they have drawbacks too.
Can i ask you about something . Ive been on medication anti depressants It was a injection depot medication i Got in the left arm, i could see changes my hair became lighter and weaker and i just wonder do i have to wait for 5/6 months for my hair to get back to normal ??
Ive been on prozac for almost 10 years now and i've tried to quit before but failed. I really want to quit them because i feel like a zombie and i got a kid on the way with my GF!
I really wanna stop cold turkey but i know it wont work, have been up for 24 hours now listening to music and start to get alot of emotionals because i've been drinking some beers and cut down on my prozac! Whish me luck
I just started taking some anti-depressants for generalized anxiety, and this video makes me feel so much better. My life is in a good place, I lift, eat pretty well, and have a lot of friends but I'm always way too stressed out. I also have health anxiety and would check my body doesns of times a day to make sure everything was normal, even after I had went to the doctor for anything I was concerned about. This video makes me feel a lot more comfortable trying them because so many people disregard them as helpful when they very well could be
The antidepressants have helped me yes from how I was, however, they aren't helping enough and that's why I'm trying the TMS Neurostar therapy and praying it will work, I'm so exhausted and says possibly cud get off meds if u do the TMS! I wudnt care to pop a pill for rest of my life if it helped me tremendously 👌 anyone heard about the TMS therapy?! It's FDA approved for depression. I have GAD as well among other issues 🙄. Good luck to all suffering with this hell. I've asked my doc wat do u do if u were horrible off meds but u can't get exactly right on the medication even tho I've been better on the meds than I was, I only can compare to 2016 cause it was horrible. I feel so stuck n trapped 😪
I remember three years ago the moment I realized I really needed to try something else was when I was sitting in my room downstairs staring at the wall, tears rolling down my face, feeling *so* dead, empty, numb, etc., for hours. And that had become life for me, that constant "death" feeling, every single day. I eventually went on antidepressants after incorporating a lot of other things into my life (such as excercise, etc) and it saved my life. it raised the floor of my depression. Instead of waking up at a negative ten, I might wake up at a negative two or even at zero. If that makes any sense. Antidepressants definitely do not make you happy. They raise the floor of your sadness - at least that has been my experience.
Omg I could cry I could relate to what your saying so much but I don't have the meds to raise that roof. I've started to become numb and the only emotion I can really get out is sadness and I could cry almost every second of the day. For no reason and it seames my psychiatrist(when I try to explain) just doesn't get what I'm trying to tell him. It's very hard to label myself with depression. And it's hard to tell my psychiatrist that I'm depressed because I don't want them to think I'm lieing.😖
My doctor always said that meds will not cure me. Their purpose is to make you feel capable enough to change your habits and general lifestyle. Some people feel so shit that they cannot get out of bed and in these cases change is impossible.
Currently trying to ween myself off of my antidepressant (with help of my physician). Seriously one of the hardest things I’ve done. My stomach is upset constantly, especially in the morning I’ve been throwing up each morning a couple of times. I’m shaky, I just want to get off of it and not be sick.
So true... the saying medication alone can't do everything it's their aid you working on being responsible for your own recovery. And boy do I know this ...just climbed out of a severe bipolar depressive relapse that I literally was spool OCD lost in that I couldn't function to do the basics. Although it also was helped by starting a temporary med to take the edge off...all the hard work has been done me. In total breakdown i know it becomes all about the meds for me too. Its about finding a balance of what works for you. Great video Scott!
You are so right! I was depressed and anxious for so many years, but none of it was due to external circumstances. I knew that I had a wonderful, privileged life. But I hated myself so much and just wanted to die. I went to therapy and tried to implement the techniques and positive affirmations my therapist recommended. Logically, I knew my depressed and self loathing thoughts were not true and my reactions to the littlest things were way overblown, but nothing could overpower the voice of depression. I started taking an SSRI and it has been a life saver. I react to things in an appropriate way, I don't have the self loathing thoughts anymore, I want to live. I can actually give myself love and compassion and believe what I'm saying. Now I have the clear head and motivation to make my own happiness. Thank you for this and all of your other videos. I wish everyone reading this best of luck on their individual mental health journeys!
bambams87 I'm glad you're feeling better, but this logic indicates a false conclusion: the chemical imbalance theory. Not only is there absolutely no evidence a depressed person has a genetic defect or inability to produce enough of a brain chemical, but there is no way to biologically verify this is the case. The diagnosis is based purely on a symptom report. I believe someone like you became depressed because you are sensitive to conditions in life no one you knew could detect. Certain thoughts or feelings you have on a regular basis just didnt vibe with the rest of your environment, chances are they became so hard to identify because of how much they were suppressed. At the very least, you should be skeptical of the need to take antidepressants simply because there is absolutely no research on long term consequences (10+ years). You are volunteering to be a guinea pig and it wont be pleasant.
bambams87 do you still take them? Is it lifelong? Should I just accept that and start taking them again? Its been extremely rough without antidepressants. I've led myself to believe they're no good for me through too much research and fear. I just can't seem to shut the noise up in my head. Feeling worthless, hopeless, not good enough, don't believe in myself, loathing everything about myself...the list goes on and on.
I have been on SSRIs since early 2015 and it has helped me a lot. I also had very low d vitamin levels, so i take d vitamins as well. (D vitamin deficiency is linked with depression, so check those levels out if you are struggling.) I am diagnosed with dysthymia (PDD), and probably had a so called double depression for a while after my mom died (all of 2014 ish, she died summer of 2013). The medication together with psychiatric sessions, over time helped me to no longer get those serious lows. It is no miracle cure, but when they work, they do help you feel more human. The d vitamins helped give back some energy as well. Sadly in the process to heal i did lose my SO, which sucks big time, but since i am in a better state of mind, did not devastate me. Still healing, and it's a loooong progress, but by hanging in there and keep on working on my thought processes and slowly bettering my living arrangements, being more social again etc, i am getting there in the end. :) It also helped a lot to understand that i was not just lazy or something, but probably been sick for well over 10 years.
What do you do if you only get low pay terrible jobs with uneducated people even though you have a law degree, your parents are sick and family relationships are broken from a divorce that took place 20 years ago, your social circle has disappeared no matter how hard you still try to reconnect nobody answers you at all and you can't get a new one because people aren't interested in becoming friends, you live in a terrible city increasingly more nosy and dirty from low income people moving in? I mean there are some unfortunate circumstances nothing short of a miracle would get you out of..
I used to think that antidepressants made you feel high when I was younger. I was lucky to find a good psychiatrist that explained me how they work, and they are helping me. The "weird" thing is that almost immediately antidepressants made my instincts to self harm go away. To be honest instead of making me feel high I feel like they make me more sleepy, but the pros are more than the cons right now.
Oh no, it was a long one :) I try to be short now.
The point was, my life is perfect I have everything in my life that I need. However, I was diagnosed with clinical depression and extreme generalized disorder. It came from nowhere, I lost 15 kilograms, I was not able to move my body, barely see anything, almost died blah blah.
I was thinking to commit suicide many times but when I was in the lowest pits of Hell I watched your videos and believed what you were saying. "You got this" "Just hold on" "Seek professional help", and that is how I did not commit suicide.
You may not believe it, it is quite huge, you literally saved my life. And as I wrote in my last comment, it was really you who saved my life. I can't be grateful enough.
I found help, take medication and I almost got my old me back. It is important to say and I say this every time, It is not just the medication. I exercise 1 hour every day, eat healthily, meditate 30 mins every day, learnt how to sleep and visit my doc every 2 weeks.
I'm on approximately 80% now, and I now I really think I can beat this thing. It is a hell of a journey, but it changed me in a good way. As I said there was nothing in my life to have severe depression. It almost killed me and I'm in the end of my 20's with a beautiful fiance, good friends and cool job.
Ok this message is longer than the previous one :D Anyways, thank you Scott for saving my life. I wish I could thank you in person or Skype or whatever. You save lives every day man! That is big... really
I'm 5 weeks in and still feel the same. Like you mentioned I'm one of those Who's Lucky enough to have an amazing life, I really do! But it still hasn't worked and I'm just wondering how the pills are gonna make me feel better? Cuz eventhough everyone says it will get better, and I try to belive it, my mind tells me it's not gonna do anything. Ever.
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.