I have been on anti-depressants on and off for many years. I go off it when I feel better, but when I experience something difficult (e.g., macular degeneration diagnosis) I am afraid that I will become depressed again. Sometimes I wonder whether the antidepressants really work, because I only seem to get better once the difficult circumstances disappear. Is there some medication that will keep me from BECOMING depressed?
markroe. Hello. I agree that starting and stopping antidepressant's isn't the thing to do. It really messes you up actually. I know, because I did the same thing a few yrs. back when I first started taking them. So, you're not the only one that has done that. But it didn't take me long to figure out it was just hurting the depression problem more. If you truly suffer from depression, and it definitely sounds like you do, it is an illness that's treated by antidepressants, just like cancer is treated. You have to stay on them to treat the depression. I have known a couple of friends who was prescribed an antidepressant right after having a baby, to help postpartum depression, and in six months get off of them, after it went away. Seemed a little strange to me, but whatever worked for them, I guess. Lol.
But I was diagnosed with Major depression with reoccurring episodes. I used to hate the thought of possibly having to be on an antidepressant for a long time, maybe forever. Now, however, I have no problems at all with it. It helps me handle my disease. Unfortunately, I was dealt a life with a lot of tragedies. Growing up, and thinking it would get better, and it hasn't so far. I still am facing many very heartbreaking situations, but I'm convinced I couldn't cope with them, without my medications. So, don't feel weird or anything like that for needing them. If you need them, take them, and go on with your life. My momma used to say to me when she was alive... No one promised life would be a bed of Roses. And if it were, Roses have thorns. I pray you will get the help you need and keep yourself as healthy as possible. May you find some peace, and take care, Ruth
Hello Markroe. You have the most important question regarding anti-depressant medications! "How come I fall apart and need it again?" The answer is a little complex, but there are answers for everyone.
It is extremely important to get therapy when these hard times roll. You see, you already understand that. "I only seem to get better once the DIFFICULT circumstances disappear." Therapy gives us the skills to handle the difficult. Remember how hard it was to tie a shoe when you were young? Practice was needed. That happens with the mind and circumstances as well. One person can't talk before a crowd and the next is a TV newsman. difference? How each handles a difficult situation. One sees it difficult the other never bothered to consider that. The bad thought was tossed out and replaced with happiness, excitement. That is the training we lack, and I do mean you and I and many others. It can be learned. Depression can be managed when we don't see gloom and doom. When we see a way out of the moment.
No medication will keep you from becoming depressed. There are medications that aid us when depressed. Unless it is a genetic disease unresponsive to medications, we can solve this. And even those do receive help.
Over the years I have learned a lot about depression. Old habits creep back when too much stress presents. When one has a tumultuous life, we can feel so overwhelmed we forget we were happy. As if the magic formula were stolen. As we gain skills we do this less and less. I saved my last bout for finding out I have an incurable illness that was stealing my energy. My mind turned away from my skills and I fretted. Way too much. I felt sorry for myself. But I remembered that prednisone causes depression, I can't fight biology. I get medication to help and therapy to reaffirm my self worth.
Think about your choices. Take the direction you know is true for you. Take medication consistently for two or three years and see if life is changing towards the better. Then look back and see if it was you who changed for the better. Good therapy does that. So do good thoughts, helping others and funny movies. Hope you find your personal answer soon. Karen
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