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Originally posted by Alora
Self awareness goes a long way. I was diagnosed as bi-polar years before it became the phenomenon and refused medication. I said that I was going to get better, but couldn't if a chemical was telling my brain how to feel.
And you know, I am better. I still get the depression, but I learned what works and what doesn't work to make it better. For me, walking is big, writing is a quick fix, and sometimes just one big cry will make it all right again.
It took a long time, but as long as I kept trying I got better, if only just a little each spell.
The medications won't cure a person, they just numb them. So I agree that the pills are just keeping a person there, inside the depression. And people want the supposed quick fix or the attention for being on antidepressants without the actual work of trying to get better.
Originally posted by Night Star
Many people believe that prescriptions drugs numb you, when really it just takes the edge off of constant worrying and or depression. You are still yourself. You don't turn into a zombie or anything. LOL If you do, then the med is too strong or it's the wrong kind.
Everyone should get in touch with their feelings and if they can work things out without meds, they probably didn't need it in the first place. Some do, some don't. Talk to your doc and discuss things with him or her.
Actually, all the effects, even the desired effects, can be considered a side effect of taking a pill. The reason there are so many side effects with antidepressants, is really due to the lack of full understanding about how antidepressants, and depression, affect the brain. This can can be very different from case to case. Even the drug companies themselves admit that they don't quite know how the drugs work! (2)
2 - Dubovsky, S. L. (1997) Mind-Body Deceptions: the psychosomatics of everyday life. WW Norton & Co.
Some of the various side effects from the different antidepressants are: * Dry mouth * Urinary retention * Blurred vision * Constipation * Sedation (can interfere with driving or operating machinery) * Sleep disruption * Weight gain * Headache * Nausea * Gastrointestinal disturbance/diarrhea * Abdominal pain * Inability to achieve an erection * Inability to achieve an orgasm (men and women) * Loss of libido * Agitation * Anxiety