Do antidepressants really work?
just got some "sertraline" from the doctor and theyre my last hope to stop me from killing myself and get me out of this mind numbing depression
I took sertraline (zoloft) for about a year, then prozac for about 6 months following. The only changes I noted were a loss of libido, and these weird head flashes.
It was like a spark went off in my head, I'd get a fuzzy feeling and see the silver stars like when you hit your head. It was kinda cool actually.
I've been thinking about going back to the doctor.
SSRIs + therapy is incredibly effective for dealing with mental illnesses, way more effective than either of the two by themselves.
Use them as a crutch to fix your life, don't expect them to have any effect by themselves.
Some do, some don't. I'm on setraline. It keeps me from hurting myself. I've been on a bunch for the past 10-ish years and it's taken until recently to find a combo that works (lamictal, setraline, lexapro and xanax).
I started on Zoloft 20 years ago and it did nothing for me. Effexor helped a lot as it uses a different mechanism. After maybe 12 years of that it didn't work as well so I was given Lexapro. It works well for me. I only have noticed side effects if I forget a pill. I also had therapy and use cognitive behavioral therapy I got training in at Recovery meetings. There's a website, of course, at http://www.recoveryinternational.org. And there are online chat meetings. Feel better anon.
Setraline completely killed my dick when I used it.
Citalopram made me feel like shit.
Venlafaxine didn't actually do anything.
Fluoxitine was similar to citalopram but I was more aware of how zombie like the drug was making me, eventually felt more suicidal after a week of taking it. Also it killed my dick.
Yes but keep in mind it's different for everyone. It'll take weeks for effects to truly kick in, so you may spend a lot of time trying different things out. You have to deal with certain side-effects as well. Be patient though, because when you find the right one, it can really help your depression. If something doesn't work, be honest with your psychiatrist/therapist/whatever and try to get something different. Don't just complain on /r9/ about how it just makes you feel dead inside, because antidepressants aren't supposed to do that.
This. No dope-no go.
Serotonergic antidepressants only work for people who are like SAD, not unmotivated or dysphoric.
If you want to feel the good again (ie smiling more, laughing more frequently, feeling like trying new things, feel like accomplishing goals, loving your hobbies, stronger orgasms, etc) then hop on a high dose of something like wellbutrin. Dopaminergic drugs are the way to go if you're a bot who can't get out of bed.
SSRIs will just make you apathetic as fuck. But, YMMV. Antidepressants are weird and have creepy effects sometimes. Find the right one and it can make you feel like you're on cloud 9 all the time-and the wrong one can give you strong delusions.
you're better off snorting ketamine or downing DXM once every couple of weeks until chemists can make a drug that stimulates neurogenesis without fucking with monoamines, or causing disassociation (even if it is pleasant)
psychotherapy can be useful too
dopaminergic psychostimulants definitely can relieve depression temporarily, the only drugs prescribed for depression (on label) that have dopaminergic effects (significantly) are sertraline and bupropion, they both have about the same effect on dopamine, but sertraline is a SRI while bupropion is a NRI primarily.
you could always go to a shrink and pretend to have ADHD
if you must take an SSRI, sertraline is probably one of the better ones, with it's minor DRI activity, but really all SSRI's are pretty terrible for treating depression (especially anhedonic depression)
diet and exercise can be useful