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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 25 2009 at 4:20pm
Some of the SSRI's do cause weight gain. I gained weight on Paxil and Prozac. I'm not talking just a little bit of weight, I was averaging about 15 pounds a month on those meds.

When I complained about the weight gain
My Psychiatrist used to say, what do you want? Do you want to be not depressed or do you want to be slim?

Quickly found myself a new doc who switched me to Wellbutrin.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 25 2009 at 4:33pm
I was rx'ed a sleeping aide first and then an anti-dep after a death in the family. It helped some but the weight gain from both was incentive enough to stop using them after 3 months.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 25 2009 at 4:57pm
I used to be a big advocate for anti-depressants, but now? I have to say my opinion/attitude is divided. I will say this: I believe that regular physicians should NOT be prescribing them. I think if someone is exhibiting depressive symptoms, they need to be referred to a psychiatrist who can talk in-depth about side effects, withdrawal symptoms, etc.

Me personally? I will never take another anti-depressant. EVER. I am coming off of Paxil as we speak, and this has been HELL. They conveniently forget to tell you about the withdrawal effects....go ahead and google PAXIL FLU. Some people have compared it to kicking heroine. I thank God I'm over the worst of it, because I really thought I was going to die.

Now, let me also say that this was just my experience. As henny mentioned, don't hesitate to discusss your options if you are clinically depressed. But me? No way. I'd rather run until my knees are swollen (exercise helps A LOT with depression).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 25 2009 at 5:02pm
^^^Whoa. I was reading about Zoloft withdrawal so I am glad I'm just taking half the dose. Scary stuff!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 25 2009 at 5:05pm
I agree with seeing a psychiatrist Tater. If you are clinically depressed, you should see a psychiatrist not your regular MD. Just like anything else, you need to see a specialist. If you have skin issues, see a dermatologist. If you have mental issues, see a psychiatrist.

When you are coming off meds, the dosage should be staggered to avoid withdrawal. You can't just stop taking it. If you stagger it, then you should not have problems.

Anti depressants should not be taken lightly, they should not be prescribed for the mildly depressed or people going through the blues.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 25 2009 at 5:14pm

Hey, I totally believe in better living through chemistry when needed.  As a  spec ed teacher, I see the dramatic difference it makes in some of my kids.  If they can function and be contributing adults later on in life, then that's all that matters. 

Psychiatric disorders are nothing to be ashamed of, many of us are walking around attempting to be functional and we truly need them.  It's an organic imbalance as much as ADHD is.....which I personally think I have.  I've never been diagnosed, but I truly believe I have it.  I'm too frigging hyper all the time.....but I learn to channel my energy through cleaning, running, working out.   I drive my family nuts....lol.   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 25 2009 at 5:14pm
I encourage anyone that is going through depression to get help. Mental Ilness is nothing to be ashamed of and it affects more people than you realize.  I reccomend seeing a therapist and also weighing the medication option carefully some people have sucess dealing with depression with only therapy others need medication and therapy. Every person is different. The most important thing is to get help for depression don't let go until one day you can't even get out of bed.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 25 2009 at 5:21pm
Originally posted by hennypenny hennypenny wrote:

I agree with seeing a psychiatrist Tater. If you are clinically depressed, you should see a psychiatrist not your regular MD. Just like anything else, you need to see a specialist. If you have skin issues, see a dermatologist. If you have mental issues, see a psychiatrist.

When you are coming off meds, the dosage should be staggered to avoid withdrawal. You can't just stop taking it. If you stagger it, then you should not have problems.

Anti depressants should not be taken lightly, they should not be prescribed for the mildly depressed or people going through the blues.




ITA. I did the best I could because I was clinically depressed and I needed help, but there was a huge waiting list for the psychiatrists in my area. And I had a really good experience with Paxil when I was a teenager, so I guess that's why I was so quick to say yes to it and not research other medications.

I'm just so glad we (meaning African-Americans) are talking about this. I'm glad we no longer live under the stigma of mental illness being "imaginary" or just for attention-seeking purposes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 25 2009 at 5:36pm
True, I'm glad we are talking about it too. I have a family member who was in the hospital last month and I never thought I would see her come around but I'm glad she did. She went for so many years without getting treatment and the end result was she was hearing voices that told her to get a knife and kill everyone.  People don't realize that left untreated, depression can get worse and you can end up in the situation that she did.

But all in all, meds should not be taken lightly. You have to discuss them with a psych and do your research and find the one that works best for you if you absolutely need to take them.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 25 2009 at 5:45pm
^^^ITA. It's high time that our community realize that this problem DOES EXIST and cannot simply be prayed away or wished away.
 
I work with a girl who can barely function on the job. She is always exhausted, cannot concentrate on ANYTHING, always seconds away from breaking down into tears. Then at other times, she's really irritable.
 
She actually admitted to me that her doctor is very concerned about her depression (I already knew she had it) and strongly advised her to seek some sort of treatment, but she always wearily states the same thing: "....my mom would kill me if she knew I was on medication"........I don't want to be "addicted" to medication......I don't want to take any medication....."
 
People don't realize that today's medications are not like the Valiums of the past.
 
AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD---PLEASE do not quit antidepressants cold turkey!!!!!!! The doctor knows how to take you off them safely!!! With some of them, suicidal thoughts are a risk if you stop them cold turkey.
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