How do you know when an antidepressant is working, how do you feel?

When they start working, what does it feel like?

Well, if you feel relaxed and chilled out. The thing is, even with people with "no mental illness" who try it can get this effect. Its a mood stabilizer, is it helping you with your mood?

You actually have to look out for when its not working:
- Are you crying more?
- is it making you feel weird?
- Are you getting weird thoughts?
- Are you more violent then usual?
- Are you hurting yourself or having suicidal thoughts?
- Do you not feel like yourself, or you don’t feel connected to you body?
- Just things are different, wrong
- Is there anything physically going on that’s weird
(this is when you need to tell your doctor and get off the drug, if you’ve been on it for a while you have to ween off. Its the most dangerous to go cold turkey after being on the drug for a while.)

Typically, its the most dangerous when you start, stop or change dosages to the drug. So you need to look out for these things. The effects of the drug, when they aren’t good effects need to be taken seriously. Doctors generally don’t have the time to educate their patients on their informed consent.

Things you need to know:
-ONLY 1 in 10 people find that its a miracle drug. The rest are placebos, neutrals and adverses
-1 in 4 people are effected negatively by the drug
-The drug isn’t physiologically fixing anything. Chemical Imbalance is a THEORY. Some publications even say the theory has been disproven and that this type of medication is an out-dated method.
-Be aware YOU are Medicating your emotions. Like when some people smoke cigarettes, have a beer, smoke some weed. Just because it relaxes you it doesn’t mean you had a serotonin deficiency. Its nothing like insulin or diabetes. Otherwise people who calm down after a beer could say they had an alcohol deficiency.
-Once you take to the drug you CAN’T GET OFF WHENEVER YOU WANT. Going cold turkey is the most dangerous thing a person could do. Because of the withdrawals. The withdrawals could get really bad, people think its the return of the illness but its the effects of the brain not getting its fix. The withdrawals indicate physical addiction. And for your safety you’ll have to be dependent on it until you’re weened off

This is why this drug is a big choice. There are risks that need to be taken seriously and there is toxicity in these drugs so you don’t want to be on multiple medications.

Just because the FDA cleared it doesn’t mean its a safe drug. The documenting of these drugs for it to pass just isn’t reliable. For clinical drug studies 40% of users drop out and then aren’t counted in the study. There’s something wrong with the system and no one is fixing it. Ex. for the drug Cymbalta reserach study. During the study Tracy Johnson, college student, she didn’t have mental illness history but succeeded in committing suicide. That was induced by the drug and they didn’t report her case as an incident. This type of thing is actually common.

Not only is there risk in suicide but also homocide.
This is a story about Donald Schell, 60 yr old normal, non-violent funny man. Suffered from occasional depression took some Prozac 2 days later shot is wife, daughter and baby before shooting himself. The company making the drug was sued for inducing homicide and the company lost.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2001/aug/09/medicalscience.healthandwellbeing

There’s other cases like this.
Fox new’s report on antidepressants inducing suicide:

Its not that the drugs don’t work for everyone. It works for a very small percentage of people. So if it works stick to it. But if it doesn’t get off it right away because there is a price to pay. Not everyone is going to be suicidal or homicidal but it has been reported the drug has induced these types of tragedies.

Fox new’s reportings were actually what prompted government hearings about the deaths this pills caused. Some doctors only use it as a last resort.

5 Responses to “How do you know when an antidepressant is working, how do you feel?”

  • Adifah says:

    They have never really worked for me. So I dunno…
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  • Lynn says:

    you need to tell us what you are taking it for
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  • Craig says:

    Your sleep patterns will improve as will your outlook on life in general. Your appetite will improve. You will feel more energetic and have more motivation to do things and make positive changes in your life eg. find a new job if you hate the one you have!
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    Been on anti-depressants and life!!!!

  • hart says:

    st johns word will work
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  • iheartfroyo says:

    Well, if you feel relaxed and chilled out. The thing is, even with people with "no mental illness" who try it can get this effect. Its a mood stabilizer, is it helping you with your mood?

    You actually have to look out for when its not working:
    - Are you crying more?
    - is it making you feel weird?
    - Are you getting weird thoughts?
    - Are you more violent then usual?
    - Are you hurting yourself or having suicidal thoughts?
    - Do you not feel like yourself, or you don’t feel connected to you body?
    - Just things are different, wrong
    - Is there anything physically going on that’s weird
    (this is when you need to tell your doctor and get off the drug, if you’ve been on it for a while you have to ween off. Its the most dangerous to go cold turkey after being on the drug for a while.)

    Typically, its the most dangerous when you start, stop or change dosages to the drug. So you need to look out for these things. The effects of the drug, when they aren’t good effects need to be taken seriously. Doctors generally don’t have the time to educate their patients on their informed consent.

    Things you need to know:
    -ONLY 1 in 10 people find that its a miracle drug. The rest are placebos, neutrals and adverses
    -1 in 4 people are effected negatively by the drug
    -The drug isn’t physiologically fixing anything. Chemical Imbalance is a THEORY. Some publications even say the theory has been disproven and that this type of medication is an out-dated method.
    -Be aware YOU are Medicating your emotions. Like when some people smoke cigarettes, have a beer, smoke some weed. Just because it relaxes you it doesn’t mean you had a serotonin deficiency. Its nothing like insulin or diabetes. Otherwise people who calm down after a beer could say they had an alcohol deficiency.
    -Once you take to the drug you CAN’T GET OFF WHENEVER YOU WANT. Going cold turkey is the most dangerous thing a person could do. Because of the withdrawals. The withdrawals could get really bad, people think its the return of the illness but its the effects of the brain not getting its fix. The withdrawals indicate physical addiction. And for your safety you’ll have to be dependent on it until you’re weened off

    This is why this drug is a big choice. There are risks that need to be taken seriously and there is toxicity in these drugs so you don’t want to be on multiple medications.

    Just because the FDA cleared it doesn’t mean its a safe drug. The documenting of these drugs for it to pass just isn’t reliable. For clinical drug studies 40% of users drop out and then aren’t counted in the study. There’s something wrong with the system and no one is fixing it. Ex. for the drug Cymbalta reserach study. During the study Tracy Johnson, college student, she didn’t have mental illness history but succeeded in committing suicide. That was induced by the drug and they didn’t report her case as an incident. This type of thing is actually common.

    Not only is there risk in suicide but also homocide.
    This is a story about Donald Schell, 60 yr old normal, non-violent funny man. Suffered from occasional depression took some Prozac 2 days later shot is wife, daughter and baby before shooting himself. The company making the drug was sued for inducing homicide and the company lost.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2001/aug/09/medicalscience.healthandwellbeing
    There’s other cases like this.
    Fox new’s report on antidepressants inducing suicide:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAO5_Hk06Mc

    Its not that the drugs don’t work for everyone. It works for a very small percentage of people. So if it works stick to it. But if it doesn’t get off it right away because there is a price to pay. Not everyone is going to be suicidal or homicidal but it has been reported the drug has induced these types of tragedies.

    Fox new’s reportings were actually what prompted government hearings about the deaths this pills caused. Some doctors only use it as a last resort.
    References :
    I tried the drugs, I was never suicidal or had suicidal thoughts but I can see why something like this can make healthy, non-suicidal people want to commit suicide. I was taking the drugs because I have a problem with fatigue and the drugs made me feel really weird, it made my fatigue worse, I felt like I was on the edge of going crazy, I was getting thoughts and feelings I didn’t want. It felt violating and intrusive. By the end I cut off ties with alot of people while I was on the drug. You think after getting off the drug would’ve fixed it but it changed the way I think. So some of what it does to you sticks with you.

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