Antidepressants Help Me Treat My Depression
In the past year I've met a few people who have very strong views about antidepressants, mostly with the opinion that they are unnecessary for treating depression effectively. It's easy to start to believe this, as long as I'm on my medication and am feeling positive. I've just had three days without one of my antidepressants, however, and I never want to go off it again.
This medication I'm on has the unfortunate side-effect of headaches. I've had a wicked migraine for five days now and I stopped taking my antidepressant to see if it would help lessen my pain, but all it did was increase my depression.
At first I didn't notice much of a change in my mood from stopping my antidepressant, but three days off of it and I felt like a broken shadow of myself.
My personality felt light-years away. Any time I hear from a friend or family member through a text message or a phone call, I feel like they barely care about me at all and have no idea how I feel. It's like I'm at the far end of a deep dark tunnel.
Taking Antidepressants for Depression is a Personal Decision
There are countless opinions about antidepressants, but the only two opinions that matter to me today are my own and my doctor's.
This medication helps me a lot. It helps me have the energy and drive to not only survive in this world, but to also self-direct my depression treatments.
Without being on medication, I don't have the energy or will to do anything beyond curling up on the couch under a blanket. Medication helps me get up, shower, get dressed, and interact with the world.
Being in the world allows me to also implement things like exercise and self-care into my routine. Reaching out and spending time with friends keeps me in good spirits.
If you are uncertain about taking antidepressants, visit some of the resources on HealthyPlace like, Antidepression Medications for Depression, to learn more about medication and if it's right for you. Every one of us is different and we are responsible for taking care of ourselves.
Education is key, as is taking note of your personal experience. Keeping a record of the medication you take alongside a mood journal can help you stay on top of your depression treatment, giving you the experience you need to know if antidepressants are helping you.
It takes time to find the right medication and the right dosage, so be patient. You are worth it.
You can also find Erin Schulthies on Twitter, Google+, Facebook and her blog, Daisies and Bruises: The Art of Living with Depression.
Schulthies, E. (2014, December 4). Antidepressants Help Me Treat My Depression, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, June 25 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/copingwithdepression/2014/12/antidepressants-help-me-treat-my-depression
Author: Erin Schulthies
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