Thursday, August 22, 2013

More on Drugs

Continuing from yesterday's post, the thing which worries me the most about mood altering drugs and pills is the fact that so many of them are designed to be permanent.  I'm specifically thinking of anti-depressants.  Everyone I know who has started taking the pills is basically stuck taking them for the rest of their lives.

In fact, I only know one person who was successfully able to stop taking anti-depressants, and it took him six months of gradually smaller doses in order to do so.

[Edit: Charles only started taking anti-depressants, because he hit a rough patch in his life. 2-3 months later, things were back to normal, so he didn't need drugs to make him happy any more.]

I don't understand why permanent pills are recommended, as a cure for a temporary condition.

12 comments:

C said...

Depression can be a permanent condition, though. There are temporary depressions, like when something terrible happens in one's life.

But a chronic depression is something that is wrong with the wiring of the brain. It's a disorder, and needs treatment like any other chronic ailment.

Why did your acquaintance stop taking them? Just curious.

GameOverTown said...

Bring a pack of ice couples. Oh well, soon ya see.

I just had to say that. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

^ wut

Anonymous said...

Once again, I'm not really sure how to respond to this. I don't think that there should be pills for depression if it's temporary. The person should go see a therapist.

~Cupcake

C said...

Oh, I see (re your edit). Then yeah, I get your point. There should be another option for temporary things like that.

And to the anon, I think they were quoting DDI, though I have no idea why they decided to do that.

Anonymous said...

I had one of the best mother's in the world. She started taking a pills for "depression" and it changed her completely! She liked the way they made her feel so much that she started abusing them, taking way more than she was supposed to. When that happy feeling wore off and those pills didn't give her it anymore, she started taking all kinds of other pills, just whatever she could get her hands on. The pills made her mean and different, she treated me differently too. Always yelled at me for no reason, and lots of other things I'm not going to relate. All I want to do is warn everyone about some pills that doctors tell you that you should take, be careful or they might take over you and make you what my mother turned into a "Drug Addict"!!!

C said...

^You put depression in quotes. Was it really depression? Because of course if someone takes a drug for something they don't have, they are going to mess themselves up.

Of course, it can also happen even if they are used properly; I don't think mental health is an exact science yet. I'm sorry you had to go through that.

Msspiritdancer said...

Don't forget about alcohol and cigarettes.

Anonymous said...

How do we all feel about Prozac? I feel like some anti-depression meds really help individuals who are depressed? It might not be a permanent depression, but shit, sometimes I really don't feel like I can handle anything. And Prozac really did end up helping me when I was going through a VERY tough time in my life. After being on them for six months, and as stuff got better, I was completely okay without any meds. After a while I even forgot that I had to take them on a regular basis.

Anyway, I like these posts and what commentators before me have added. However, unless you yourself have been depressed for whatever reason (or anything of the sort), it IS a serious thing and should not be thought of a as an element that can be completely controlled by the individual suffering through it. Sometimes only medical attention and pills that balance out the chemicals in your brain can help you deal with anxiety, thoughts of suicide, etc. It just happens. People are feeling and sensitive beings and shit that occurs in their lives will affect them differently than an observer. I would probably still be depressed if it wasn't for the medication that I took a year ago.

Breanna(; said...

I took Zoloft for post traumatic stress syndrome. I took it for two weeks and noticed that something was wrong. I was forgetting everything, like stuff that was easy for me to remember before I started taking it. It got so hard to remember, that I had to carry a notebook around with me to write simple things down. It was changing my personality too. Everyone said that I was getting kind of mean and that I walked around like I was in a daze all the time. So I quit taking that garbage and it took me awhile to feel like my old self again. I just was lucky that I quit it when I did! I think if I would have continued to take that stuff, everyone could have said bye to the old Breanna, because that's where it was heading. I agree with the anon. @ 9:28 p.m. Take caution when doctors are giving you something for whatever you may have, it might not be what you really need and it could damage your mind!!!

Anonymous said...

At one point I thought like you do Michael. But years ago several months after the loss of a 5 month old child a psychiatrist put me on them when I involuntarily became so depressed I couldn't get out of bed anymore. They worked very well and gave me back my life relatively quickly. I was off them in less than a year and have never been on them again. Sometimes they are necessary and no-one should ever be ashamed if they really need them! At times they can literally save your life!!!

Julie said...

I only agree in taking permanent medication if it is a permanent problem. Depression (in some cases) is a permanent condition. Examples include chronic depression, where your brain does not create enough serotonin, thus causing your moods to be low for long periods of time.

My dad and sister take medication for their depression and anxiety and it has helped them a lot. I myself have depression, but I have not been prescribed meds yet.