I had been on antidepressants for 12 years. A few months ago I went off my medicines to get an accurate reading on a sleep study. I felt ok for a while and then I sunk into such a sadness alternating with anxiety that I NEVER felt before medicine. My question is do you think eventually your body NEEDS medicine to not be depressed and your brain can't produce the chemicals it needs to function properly? I was 32 when I started; now almost 46. I asked my doctor and he denied it and said as you get older, people tend to get worse, and that it's age. Did anyone else have that experience?
Hello haley4540. In all fairness to your question, the manner that you asked/posed it, you answered yourself. You are saying that you were/are suffering from depression, no medications and you fell backwards. The brain is a chemical makeup of substances. Once the brain is fed and it responds to stimuli, and the key word is responds, certainly in that part of your question your doctor was correct. Now for the second part of my answer, the brain is and it is so very, very true. Complex, yes but very simple.( Iknow I said "very" The brain can and does heal itself. I am in my senior years and I force myself to do tasks. My favorite is the crossword(s). I manage to on a regular basis, all be it at a slower pace than when i was, say when I was a younger man., I do it. Without medication per say. The mind is a precious thing. I have a cousin in advanced stage of alziemers, only now in her late 60's.
But, even now, through her husband's coaching, without treatment,(drugs) because he has said no more, she is still with us. Advanced and making yet a statement that the medical college is bewildered, I might say amazed that she is doing. Still able to do the toilet , feed herselfm on her own. Regards, pledge
Getting off of some anti-depressants do cause worse symptoms, but I think your doctor was right that you need the medication. My psychiatrist was very clear about the fact that in someone who has had depression for awhile, if they go off of the medication, it is far more difficult to treat the depression and it can take a higher dose to get back to where they were before.
Like all prescription drugs almost they are meant to get you started on the right path. Not hold your hand every step of the way. Antidepressants are meant to be used short term until a person is able to get into a healthy routine that will help them to naturally feel less depressed. A lot of time so out brain chemicals are off and just need some healthy habits to get going right again, but when you have these issues actually doing those healthy things is nearly impossible. So you take the pills so you feel like getting out of bed and going for a walk or riding a bike or some sort of physical activity... keep taking the pills for a few months and eating right and exercising and your brain will get itself right. And then you stop taking the pills. There is nothing that says you're tied to antidepressants for all of eternity, even though it's probably how your Dr made it sound. You stop needing the pills they stop getting the kick backs. So...
it's in their interest that you live your life tied to a bottle thinking it's necessary than actually giving you the tools and help you need to succeed on your own.
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