How much good can an antidepressant really do? - Page 2 - Forums at Psych Central



advertisement
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-09-2018, 08:58 PM #11
*Laurie* *Laurie* is offline
Account Suspended
 
Member Since: Jan 2015
Location: California Uber Alles
Posts: 9,150
*Laurie* *Laurie* is offline
Account Suspended
*Laurie* has no updates.
 
Member Since: Jan 2015
Location: California Uber Alles
Posts: 9,150 (SuperPoster!)

3 yr Member
5,400 hugs
given
PC PoohBah!
Default Re: How much good can an antidepressant really do?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pookyl View Post
......
My son started suffering from ‘low moods’ at 18yrs of age. I was told with children and teens that exercise etc was equally as effective as meds. My son started exercising outdoors an hour a day, taking Vit D and meeting with his youth pastor weekly.
I would say he’s doing pretty well now.
Maybe for some teens. When I was in high school way back in the late '70's I was definitely symptomatic of bipolar. Never talked with anyone about it; it was almost unheard of for a kid to be open about mental health issues back then. I was very into modern dance, danced for at least 2 hours every day except Sunday. The exercise did not do anything to help my symptoms. I think that if a kid is depressed and nothing else is helping, it's cruel not to at least try an antidepressant.
*Laurie* is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
"Thanks for this!" says:

advertisement
Old 04-09-2018, 09:08 PM #12
Pookyl's Avatar
Pookyl Pookyl is offline
Poohbah
 
Member Since: Aug 2017
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,041
Pookyl Pookyl is offline
Poohbah
Pookyl's Avatar
Pookyl Im high and Im low, no control but everythings looking peach now
 
Member Since: Aug 2017
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,041

1 yr Member
44 hugs
given
Default Re: How much good can an antidepressant really do?

Quote:
Originally Posted by *Laurie* View Post
Maybe for some teens. When I was in high school way back in the late '70's I was definitely symptomatic of bipolar. Never talked with anyone about it; it was almost unheard of for a kid to be open about mental health issues back then. I was very into modern dance, danced for at least 2 hours every day except Sunday. The exercise did not do anything to help my symptoms. I think that if a kid is depressed and nothing else is helping, it's cruel not to at least try an antidepressant.
If I’m honest I wish he'd consented to meds because they were offered. But because he was 18yrs old he was legally an adult and I had no say.
__________________
Pookyl
————————————————————————————
BP1, GAD, Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, Claustrophobia

Psych meds: Lithium, Saphris, Seroquel XR, Propanolol (tremor and anxiety)
Pookyl is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
Old 04-09-2018, 09:23 PM #13
pirilin's Avatar
pirilin pirilin is offline
SUPERMAN
 
Member Since: Feb 2016
Location: Metropolis
Posts: 3,654
pirilin pirilin is offline
SUPERMAN
pirilin's Avatar
pirilin is SUPERMAN!!!.
 
Member Since: Feb 2016
Location: Metropolis
Posts: 3,654 (SuperPoster!)

3 yr Member
2,652 hugs
given
PC PoohBah!
Default Re: How much good can an antidepressant really do?

In my case, I owe my life back to Paxil.
__________________
]Roses are red. Violets are blue.[

Look for the positive in the negative. PIRILON.
If lemons fall from the sky, make lemonade. Unknown.
Nothing stronger than habit. Victor Hugo.
You are the slave of what you say,
and the master of what you keep. Unknown.
pirilin is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
Old 04-09-2018, 11:43 PM #14
*Laurie* *Laurie* is offline
Account Suspended
 
Member Since: Jan 2015
Location: California Uber Alles
Posts: 9,150
*Laurie* *Laurie* is offline
Account Suspended
*Laurie* has no updates.
 
Member Since: Jan 2015
Location: California Uber Alles
Posts: 9,150 (SuperPoster!)

3 yr Member
5,400 hugs
given
PC PoohBah!
Default Re: How much good can an antidepressant really do?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pookyl View Post
If I’m honest I wish he'd consented to meds because they were offered. But because he was 18yrs old he was legally an adult and I had no say.
Hmm. That is really too bad. A very difficult position for you, as a parent.
*Laurie* is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
Old 04-10-2018, 12:17 AM #15
key tones's Avatar
key tones key tones is offline
espressivo
 
Member Since: Sep 2017
Location: On hiatus
Posts: 3,359
key tones key tones is offline
espressivo
key tones's Avatar
key tones - vivace
 
Member Since: Sep 2017
Location: On hiatus
Posts: 3,359 (SuperPoster!)

1 yr Member
5,048 hugs
given
PC PoohBah!
Default Re: How much good can an antidepressant really do?

I’m not *allowed* to have antidepressants. I’ve tried on four psychiatrists. Even w/mood stabilizer it’s no. I give up.

On your therapy question, my anxiety rides together with depression. I find that working on the anxiety really helps both.
__________________
—KT

The crisis text and phone numbers are at the top of the Depression forum in the gentle reminder. Here is a link to various crisis hotline numbers:

https://psychcentral.com/lib/common-...phone-numbers/
key tones is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
Old 04-10-2018, 05:23 AM #16
amicus_curiae's Avatar
amicus_curiae amicus_curiae is offline
Grand Member
 
Member Since: Jan 2018
Location: I wish they all could be California gurls...
Posts: 992
amicus_curiae amicus_curiae is offline
Grand Member
amicus_curiae's Avatar
amicus_curiae Me. As an undergrad. Not a good likeness. But me, nonetheless.
 
Member Since: Jan 2018
Location: I wish they all could be California gurls...
Posts: 992 (SuperPoster!)

1 yr Member
79 hugs
given
Default Re: How much good can an antidepressant really do?

Quote:
Originally Posted by imaginethat View Post
I've been on a bunch of antidepressants, and they don't seem to work for long. Or maybe I get my hopes up at first and think it's working when long-term, it doesn't.

How much good can an antidepressant really do? It is possible to find one that works?

Do the things you learn in therapy actually help more than medicine? I know the combination of meds and therapy are more successful for many people.
Oh, lord, so many questions!

I may be wrong but I think that SSRI’s are the most prescribed antidepressants these days. About two-years hospitalized, having been through all legally available antidepressants, my docs started me on Nardil and I think that I actually smiled within days.

Not meant for severe depression but it worked somewhat for me — better than anything else they had tried.

Unfortunately, even though the dietary folks controlled the odd diet that Nardil requires, my blood pressure was headed toward Strokeville so I had to come off it after less than two months. I think that it’s an MAOI?

There are so many types of antidepressants but some docs won’t stray into older areas. I guess that you need to discuss a desire to experiment with your doc and see if he/she is agreeable.

Yes. There are antidepressants that work.

Yes. I have been/am being treated with medications and therapy. I’m still as mad as I was twenty-years-ago but I’m much more functional, now. I feel better, although I still have slips and other concerns.

Speaking only of my experiences: the meds usually serve to calm me down and the therapy allows me/the therapist listens and coaxes me as I release the voluminous crap that is in my head.

When I first sought the services of a shrink I thought ‘this’ll fix me,’ but my disorders didn’t go away. Just like the physical diseases for which I receive treatment, so I continue to be treated for my psychiatric disorders.

I think that most people who seek help for, e.g., mild depression, can be ‘cured’ with a dose of CBT and a placebo and get back to living. I didn’t know that my head was ****ed for life.
__________________
amicus_curiae

Contrarian, esq.
Hypergraphia

Someone must be right; it may as well be me.

I used to be smart but now I’m just stupid.
—Donnie Smith—
amicus_curiae is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
Old 04-10-2018, 06:28 AM #17
amicus_curiae's Avatar
amicus_curiae amicus_curiae is offline
Grand Member
 
Member Since: Jan 2018
Location: I wish they all could be California gurls...
Posts: 992
amicus_curiae amicus_curiae is offline
Grand Member
amicus_curiae's Avatar
amicus_curiae Me. As an undergrad. Not a good likeness. But me, nonetheless.
 
Member Since: Jan 2018
Location: I wish they all could be California gurls...
Posts: 992 (SuperPoster!)

1 yr Member
79 hugs
given
Default Re: How much good can an antidepressant really do?

Quote:
Originally Posted by *Laurie* View Post
Maybe for some teens. When I was in high school way back in the late '70's I was definitely symptomatic of bipolar. Never talked with anyone about it; it was almost unheard of for a kid to be open about mental health issues back then. I was very into modern dance, danced for at least 2 hours every day except Sunday. The exercise did not do anything to help my symptoms. I think that if a kid is depressed and nothing else is helping, it's cruel not to at least try an antidepressant.
I was never able to ‘handle money.’ Stole from myself without thinking of consequences. Bounced checks at 13.

Here’s a not-so-secret secret: I got married whilst in high school. Almost immediately annulled so I don’t refer to her as ‘my first wife,’ although, well, she was. This was early 1970’s and I didn’t have a handle on my impulsive nature, my risky ventures.

Definitely symptomatic of bipolar, too.

Because I was ‘exceptional’ no one thought of mental problems. I was able to exhibit the behavior of a bipolar teen without consequences and no one considered the ‘bipolar teen’ behavior anything other than the work of a genius, a mind beyond comprehension.

The expectations were incomprehensible. Scary. Stomach-aching.

But I knew nothing about mental disorders — they were not on the radar, then.

Then off to college and my symptoms roared but my grades were good, always making Dean’s list, so symptomatic behavior was ignored.

But I began to suspect that I was exhibiting behaviors that were like those of a manic-depressive.

My answer was to flee the country.

I was so very ****ed up for so very many years.

Well, I remain ****ed up.

I played four sports in high school, became a long distance rambler in college. Exercise never exorcized my demons.

I should have been medicated in high school. And, while I understand the concern about over-medicating kids, depression can be so debilitating to a teenager.
__________________
amicus_curiae

Contrarian, esq.
Hypergraphia

Someone must be right; it may as well be me.

I used to be smart but now I’m just stupid.
—Donnie Smith—
amicus_curiae is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
"Thanks for this!" says:
Old 04-10-2018, 05:06 PM #18
Wonderfalls Wonderfalls is offline
Veteran Member
 
Member Since: Jul 2016
Location: Midwest
Posts: 726
Wonderfalls Wonderfalls is offline
Veteran Member
Wonderfalls has no updates.
 
Member Since: Jul 2016
Location: Midwest
Posts: 726

2 yr Member
16 hugs
given
Default Re: How much good can an antidepressant really do?

Peter D. Kramer (of "Listening to Prozac" fame) has a relatively new book out called "Ordinarily Well: the Case for Antidepressants". I felt like if you do the math yourself for the studies he cites antidepressants didn't come out that well, but he obviously feels different about them. It's worth reading anyway.

For me the only antidepressant that worked was Wellbutrin.
Wonderfalls is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
"Thanks for this!" says:
Old 04-10-2018, 08:10 PM #19
Updownupdown123 Updownupdown123 is offline
New Member
 
Member Since: Apr 2018
Location: Tampa
Posts: 6
Updownupdown123 Updownupdown123 is offline
New Member
Updownupdown123 has no updates.
 
Member Since: Apr 2018
Location: Tampa
Posts: 6

1 yr Member
Default Re: How much good can an antidepressant really do?

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheSadGirl View Post
Zoloft is amazing for me. Pulled me out of a deep depression. I also take lithium to prevent the mania Zoloft causes. Those drugs got me emotionally better and therapy is helping me even more. Therapy is helping me work on the way my brain thinks. It's pretty cool.
Sad girl, Zoloft pulled me right out of depression too, it worked well, unfortunately that was before I knew I was bipolar and eventually it made me manic. Would love to be on some Zoloft and a mood stabilizer such as lithium. My doc just isn’t prescribing it it, I don’t understand. It’s like no one cares how mentally bad off I am.
Updownupdown123 is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
Old 04-11-2018, 02:53 PM #20
Fharraige's Avatar
Fharraige Fharraige is offline
"I'm scarlet inside"
 
Member Since: Oct 2010
Location: Where the wild things are :)
Posts: 18,453
Fharraige Fharraige is offline
"I'm scarlet inside"
Fharraige's Avatar
Fharraige "'Cause in my head there's a Greyhound station"
 
Member Since: Oct 2010
Location: Where the wild things are :)
Posts: 18,453 (SuperPoster!)

8 yr Member
10.2k hugs
given
PC PoohBah!
Default Re: How much good can an antidepressant really do?

I was on a lot of ADs. Had genetic testing done and found out I couldn't metabolize most of them. I think there were three ADs I could take, and all of them did not have a generic equivalent and they were very expensive.

I eventually was put on Viibryd during my last IP. I'm taking it with Latuda. I'm just thankful I live near a military pharmacy, or I wouldn't be stable at all because I can't afford the meds.

I've been stable over 1 ˝ years now.

So I guess it depends on the individual.
__________________
"Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." Rilke, Letters To A Young Poet



BP Type 1, GAD, PTSD, BPD
Trileptal, Neurontin, and some other stuff

My Flickr Photostream
Fharraige is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
"Thanks for this!" says:
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:59 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® — Copyright © 2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.



 

advertisement

Psych Central Forums

Psych Central is the leading mental health website, overseen by mental health professionals since 1995.

 

Helplines and Lifelines

The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider. .

Always consult your doctor or mental health professional before trying anything you read here.
Please read the full disclaimer.