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    I have been taking 40mg of Fluoxetine and 4mg Melatonin on and off ever since January, and it has helped. Yes, you still get your ups and downs but that is life. It takes a while at the beginning for it to start working but once it does you can feel the effects. What happened with me is that it made me too "high" so that is a positive yet negative thing at the same time. Medication can have different effects on everyone, I would say start with therapy and counselling first if you feel that does not help maybe look into starting medication
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    How do you know when you've found the right SSRI?

    when it doesn't give you sides?

    ive tried 2 and neither seem to be working
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    (Original post by BabyLadDarren)
    How do you know when you've found the right SSRI?

    when it doesn't give you sides?

    ive tried 2 and neither seem to be working
    I guess the right one for you is one that improves symptoms, and gives the least amount of side effects. It does take a bit of trial and error, but don't give up! Good luck!

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    (Original post by BabyLadDarren)
    How do you know when you've found the right SSRI?

    when it doesn't give you sides?

    ive tried 2 and neither seem to be working
    Trial and error, tbh.
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    Don't take antidepressant drugs straight away, as well as side effects you'll eventually become dependant on them. Try therapy or something which works really well, cold water swimming.

    If you google cold water swimming clubs/locations near you I'm sure you can find one to go to. It is supposed to help depression very well.

    Exhaust every option before taking drugs, please.
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    (Original post by TorpidPhil)
    I had a go for a while but it was mostly futile as the dosage was way too low and I only tried one type - different drugs work best for different people.

    For me though there was no noticable effect, but really that is just a testament to my GPs willingness to give me a proper dosage - which wasn't there. The dosage I received was basically not proven to do anything more than a placebo effect... So I suppose my comment is quite worthless.
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    (Original post by Proximo)
    Don't take antidepressant drugs, as well as side effects you'll eventually become dependant on them. Try therapy or something which works really well, cold water swimming. This is just outrageous. *If you google cold water swimming clubs/locations near you I'm sure you can find one to go to. It is supposed to help depression very well.

    Exhaust every option before taking drugs, please.


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    Anyone sane should ignore this. Millions of people have and are being helped by antidepressants. A lot of us take them without side effects (or minor, happily far outweighed by the good) and without becoming dependent on them. This is as stupid as the Scientologists who completely forbid medication for mental illness. The anger that your lies could be read and believed by someone in need is unreal - you can't claim all these massively accepted things are conspiracies just because there are (as with all medication) complications and side effects!

    I had depression, it took time and thank God medication and it all worked out. Just because it's a disease that can keep a shadow with you afterwards and can be complex doesn't mean there isn't a way out. Don't listen to people who tell you not to try something - medically approved and okayed specifically for you by your doctor - because what works for you doesn't always work for others and vice versa
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    (Original post by Proximo)
    Don't take antidepressant drugs, as well as side effects you'll eventually become dependant on them. Try therapy or something which works really well, cold water swimming.

    If you google cold water swimming clubs/locations near you I'm sure you can find one to go to. It is supposed to help depression very well.

    Exhaust every option before taking drugs, please.
    Exercise in general is meant to help with mental health, just not swimming. :rolleyes:

    As for ADs; waiting lists for NHS therapy are ridiculous. Most therapies work hand in hand with medication. There is countless people on this site who have been saved by being on medication. All medication has side effects, I know that at least, I am trying my 6th drug. Taking a AD does not mean you are taking it for life. In fact many people come off them, a slow withdrawal.
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    (Original post by Faheemcg9)
    Do they work?
    Went on citalopram for about 2-3 years. Worked for me. I'd tried therapy (one-on one CBT/ talking) before but I could just never put up with it. Then I started the citalopram and a while later went to group therapy sessions (including CBT, drama therapy and a couple of others). Stuck with the therapy for a couple of months and felt some significant difference then after about a year decided to come off the citalopram because I felt the best I can ever remember feeling and the side effects became the more annoying thing to me. It's been half a year or so since and I've not relapsed (bar a rough couple of weeks coming off it).

    I'm not sure how much the therapy or ADs would have worked by themselves but the combination certinally helped. Depression that had been years in the making became managable in months and then all but gone.

    If you are considering them I will warn you that the first (and last) couple of weeks can suck. My first day was like i'd been poisoned and within about an hour I threw up (at college, infront of people) and for a week or so my sleep was messed up and I felt generally suckish. You also probably won't notice any positive impact for a few months so you need to have some faith in that time and wait it out. I actually found that for a while it made me feel kinda numb emotionally.

    For me it was 100% worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I would at least look into therapy first though unless you are at a really desperate point as the side effects can be a pain and for a lot of people the first AD they try won't work or will be the wrong dose so there can be a fair ammount of faffing around. I would also be sure to get therapy as well as taking ADs at least for a while. I did not stick with therappy throughout my time taking ADs, but can trace a large ammount of my progress to the therapy I had.
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I take 150mg (a high dose) of an antidepressant called Sertraline a day. It works for me but as mentioned above, different drugs work for different people :yes:
    I'm also on Sertraline (100mg).

    Switched from 20mg of Citalopram as I couldn't stay awake on them! They made me ridiculously tired!
    Sertraline hasn't been as effective in reducing the anxiety but hasn't made me fall asleep every 10 minutes! So I'll take that!
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    Anti-depressents work by dulling out your feelings as much as this is a quick fix you might find yourself feeling more depressed and becoming more reliant on these. I would recommend counselling and exercise because these provide long term solutions. It's up to you but I know someone whose been on ant depressesents for 8 years and it's not helped them became they're so zoned out all the time.

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    (Original post by Faheemcg9)
    I switched GPs. Can I lie and say my old GP prescribed my antidepressants first?
    Your medical records would be transferred to your new GP. I would advise you to be as honest and forthcoming with your GP as possible about your health, mental or physical, both past and present, as this would better enable them to provide you with the help that you need.
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    (Original post by Faheemcg9)
    I'm 16. How would I ask my doctor for antidepressants? He's one of those judgemental Indian types
    Most gps won't prescribe antidepressants for under 18s. If they feel you need their services they may refer you to a specialist who would be able to prescribe them if needed. However, in under 18s, options other than medication are preferred.


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    (Original post by Jennie1987)
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    Anyone sane should ignore this. Millions of people have and are being helped by antidepressants. A lot of us take them without side effects (or minor, happily far outweighed by the good) and without becoming dependent on them. This is as stupid as the Scientologists who completely forbid medication for mental illness. The anger that your lies could be read and believed by someone in need is unreal - you can't claim all these massively accepted things are conspiracies just because there are (as with all medication) complications and side effects!

    I had depression, it took time and thank God medication and it all worked out. Just because it's a disease that can keep a shadow with you afterwards and can be complex doesn't mean there isn't a way out. Don't listen to people who tell you not to try something - medically approved and okayed specifically for you by your doctor - because what works for you doesn't always work for others and vice versa [/colour]* * Posted from TSR Mobile
    Quite offended by being compared to a scientologist and I think you're over reacting, I understand mental health is an issue but taking lots of drugs isn't the only solution. Glad you got out of depression though. Going straight to drugs is never a good decision, you should try other methods first - commonly known fact.

    And cold water swimming is not a conspiracy theory thanks. Perhaps you should look into things before judging people. Watch the programme on BBC 'the doctor who gave up drugs' - he takes a woman who suffers depression gradually off her medication and cold water swimming, it proves very successful that's why I recommended it. Exercise in general is good - 30 min walk everyday.

    Idk how I'm insane for recommending people try other methods before turning to drugs? I think that's pretty sane imo. I'd know the effect AD's can have on ppl.
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    (Original post by Proximo)
    Quite offended by being compared to a scientologist and I think you're over reacting, I understand mental health is an issue but taking lots of drugs isn't the only solution. Glad you got out of depression though. Going straight to drugs is never a good decision, you should try other methods first - commonly known fact.

    And cold water swimming is not a conspiracy theory thanks. Perhaps you should look into things before judging people. Watch the programme on BBC 'the doctor who gave up drugs' - he takes a woman who suffers depression gradually off her medication and cold water swimming, it proves very successful that's why I recommended it. Exercise in general is good - 30 min walk everyday.

    Idk how I'm insane for recommending people try other methods before turning to drugs? I think that's pretty sane imo. I'd know the effect AD's can have on ppl.
    Exercise is good for depression but the person you quoted is sort of right. The OP should talk to a medical practitioner with a long experience in treating depression, not take healing tips from laymen on TSR or think a single case described in a BBC programme is somehow "proof" of anything.
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    (Original post by RainbowMan)
    Exercise is good for depression but the person you quoted is sort of right. The OP should talk to a medical practitioner with a long experience in treating depression, not take healing tips from laymen on TSR or think a single case described in a BBC programme is somehow "proof" of anything.
    Okay so i recommend exercise in the form of swimming, you agree exercise is good and then you patronise me by calling them 'healing tips from laymen' lmao... Oh and there is proof of hundreds of studies that show exercise can help with depression so yea. I'm not forcing the op to do anything, they asked for advice and I'm giving them some.
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    (Original post by Proximo)
    Okay so i recommend exercise in the form of swimming, you agree exercise is good and then you patronise me by calling them 'healing tips from laymen' lmao... Oh and there is proof of hundreds of studies that show exercise can help with depression so yea. I'm not forcing the op to do anything, they asked for advice and I'm giving them some.
    I was including myself among laymen because I'm not a doctor and neither are you, it's not an insult.

    I do agree that exercise is helpful but my point in the previous post was that the OP shouldn't have to hear that from me but rather from a professional. That'd be my advice, we can talk about other things after he has talked to his GP about this.
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    (Original post by Proximo)
    Quite offended by being compared to a scientologist and I think you're over reacting, I understand mental health is an issue but taking lots of drugs isn't the only solution. Glad you got out of depression though. Going straight to drugs is never a good decision, you should try other methods first - commonly known fact.

    And cold water swimming is not a conspiracy theory thanks. Perhaps you should look into things before judging people. Watch the programme on BBC 'the doctor who gave up drugs' - he takes a woman who suffers depression gradually off her medication and cold water swimming, it proves very successful that's why I recommended it. Exercise in general is good - 30 min walk everyday.

    Idk how I'm insane for recommending people try other methods before turning to drugs? I think that's pretty sane imo. I'd know the effect AD's can have on ppl.
    It's all very well recommending exercise as a solution but some people are so exhausted from having to deal with a mental illness in the first place they can barely function or get out of bed, let alone do exercise.

    Instead of pitting two things against each other, why don't we use them together? I found I had more energy and was able to finally function properly on AD's, thus I could exercise which then helped me feel better, lifting my mood.
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    Sertraline seems to be the AD of choice among doctors these days, everyone seems to be on it.

    Also OP asks as though they were asking if we've tried Marmite :lol:
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    (Original post by Nuba123)
    Anti-depressents work by dulling out your feelings as much as this is a quick fix you might find yourself feeling more depressed and becoming more reliant on these. I would recommend counselling and exercise because these provide long term solutions. It's up to you but I know someone whose been on ant depressesents for 8 years and it's not helped them became they're so zoned out all the time.

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