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I'm sure some of you are acquainted with antidepressants.
I started on a very low dose about four weeks ago, they weren't really doing anything, so my dosage was doubled 13 days ago. From day 7-day 11, I started feeling better, but yesterday my weakness returned suddenly and strongly, while I was in public. It freaked me out a bit because I really thought I was gradually getting better, and this morning I woke up feeling extremely low and have been very depressed and anxious all day. I know it hasn't been a full two weeks yet on the higher dose..but I really expected to feel better and better, not feel better then suddenly go miles backwards!! If you've had antidepressants, is this sort of thing to be expected? or is it probably too low a dose?
(I'm so so exhausted I can't stand the thought of being prescribed different ones and starting again with who knows what kind of side effects, I really want these to work. )
I know this isn't a medical issues forum but this is honestly the only site where I seem to get replies to my queries X)
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From my experience, antidepressants only decrease your mood, not improve it. So i would say that you are better off without antidepressants at all, but i don't know what your life is like or why you are taking them. You should be careful with them, though. You probably know this, but never, ever stop taking your pills. Wean off them.
I don't mean to scare you, but i'm pretty sure doctors won't tell you this: there are antidepressants, such as Prozac, that destroy the chemical receptors in your brain. Those receptor sites are needed in order for neurotransmitters (chemicals such as norepinephrine, dopamin, and serotonin - these ones, specifically, make you happy) to enter the brain and produce your mood. Antidepressants target these receptor sites as they are the three chemicals that make you happy. In total, i think there are about five different neurotransmitters - the three i just mentioned, cortisol (which is responsible for stress), and i think the other is adrenaline. These are the main neurotransmitters, there might be a few more minor ones, but i never learned them.
If they are destroyed the chemicals will have a very difficult time entering the brain and the only way that you will ever be happy again is by taking antidepressants. In other words, you will become an addict. I hope this helps and that you feel better; being depressed isn't fun.
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e-laboy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Stop taking antidepressants, it won't help you. Find a way to do it naturrally. Prescriptions are the devil.
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Ame55 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ignorance is the devil...
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Ame55 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When you experience an even greater low on meds than what you experienced before meds, they aren't the ones for you. It's obnoxious but you really need to "shop around" and try different meds until you find the right ones. I've been on countless pills (Bipolar/Schizoid Personality Disorder/Chronic Depression) Here are some that helped me (and some that didn't). I hope something helps you, sweetie.
"When depression gets you down, fight back with medication and a teaspoon of joy!"

Welbutrin XL (still on it & love it)
Lexapro, Prozac, Zoloft, and in severe cases, Seroquil.
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PurpleDolphinPlush Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am on an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) a type of anti-depressant and it took about 12 weeks to take full effect for me. And you have to gradually increase the dose. I know how hard it is because I was in the same boat once. I was anxious and tired (I was suffering from insomnia) and I just wanted to get better. I was really hard to get through. Now medication isn't for everybody but for me (when they finally took effect) everything worked out and I feel better than I ever have. Although i'm only 18, I've been on medication for about two years and I wasn't sure about it at first but I have since done a lot of research and am going into biology/psychology and from what i've found medication is good to use in cases of severe anxiety and depression and doesn't really deserve the stigma it seems to have. Hope this helps. I've been through this before and I really hope you get better.
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Trolltale Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Also. P.S I saw there were a lot of people recommending herbal medication rather than the stuff you get by your doctor. There's nothing wrong with that, but please, do remember to tell your doctor about that if you choose to go on something like that because they might interact with eachother. Not everyone think about that.
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Trolltale Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student General Artist
There are different types of anti-depressants (and I don't mean brand here now). They will be working on different hormones and electrodes in your brain. The one that works directly towards serotonin might takes weeks or months before you're back up on the levels that you are supposed to have naturally. And while the medications are slowly making your brain and your body adjust to this new thing, you might experience side-effects like these. But as someone mentioned already, it might be the wrong medication for you. But it also might have been increased too much too fast. Give it a bit more time, and if you only feel worse and worse, or generally not better at all, I'd recommend going back to your doctor and tell him/her that you need a new adjustment.

You just have to remember two important things. People react different to different medications. And things takes time (and let it, the more you rush it, and stress about it.. the slower it'll take. I learned that the hard way :) ). Just hang in there, and it'll get better!
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27oo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
I highly recommend trying some of our mother nature antidepressants before you continue wasting your time and cells on corporate medicine made by men in order to get money.
Also you should test your hormones (if you haven't already) by taking your blood out, they(the hormones) control our behavior and emotions; here I'm thinking most about the thyroid gland.
"Hypericum perforatum" is a great plant that absorbs sunlight, and it should make you feel better almost instantly!
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SugarPepper Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's expected. During the tratament you will have up and lows. Its important that you continue the tratament and don't give up. Its hard, believe me, I know exactly how it is. Its good to go to teurapist to, so you can talk about it and have a professional feedback.
But some drugs are not effective in some people. I had luck, the first one was perfect. But I had the same issues you described... after some time, its gets better and better... Keep up! If you need anything I can help, please, note me ^^
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Creative-Theory Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Meds aren't helpful and once you get hooked and rely on them, you cannot go back. I would suggest to get off of them because they will continue to have to increase the does :|
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Silverlute Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Digital Artist
I kinda agree. The medications usually treat the symptoms and not the cause. When you find the root of your problems or fears and deal with them, you will get healed. Plus, what ~KhidirIshitar said. :) Take it easy.
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KhidirIshitar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
my own unprofessional uneducated medical opinion

A lot of people that use these that I have personally known or acquainted with never benefit well from using these because like any medicine it's there to treat the symptoms of a problem and give you symptoms of using the medicine itself. I don't know your personal situation but a lot of basis that could be reasoned to use anti-depressants can be used as initiative to find other ways (interactive ways such as hobbies, physical exercise, volunteering,etc.) to combat this. It's a re-occuring thing you'll have to deal with like many others including myself but great friends(ones that you can rely on) and family are also invaluable with dealing with this.

I'd try to get off of it and talk to a life coach. GL to you
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maddielolxd Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
On meds its basically like u have your ups and downs you just shouldnt be in a constant state of depression or anxiety. I believe meds do not completely cover the symptoms they just help you cope. I've just switch to a different antidepressant, I still have anxiety, but I can now control it. Depending on my day I could be depressed, but with the meds its not a constant downward spiral.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes what happens is that you feel better one day, and you get really relieved and excited... (and may or may not take on quite a lot that you had previously been unable to do) and then the next few days seem suddenly awful because everything seems to catch up with you again and nothing seems as fantastic as that day when you noticed a positive difference.

(I'm a junior doctor in case you're wondering what my perspective on this is from.) One of my tutors, a general practitioner I greatly admired, put it this way to a patient: "You've been with this illness for quite probably years. It'll take a while to really get it under control." Put that way, it suddenly made sense. We're used to pills making a difference in a matter of days for any other illness... but yeah.

Give it a good go, most doctors advise trying something for 6 months before deciding it's not making a difference. I hope it will work for you. :hug:
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kawaiineko36 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh I just got switched to a 100-dose pill about 2 weeks ago, and I'm feeling the same thing. I told my doctor, and he said it was relatively normal. If your depression increases to the point that you want to hurt yourself, make sure you tell them! And ahhh I know. Side effects are the worst. I can't sleep and am always tired because of mine;;;; ; o ;
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Katori-93 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't remember how it went with me with my antidepressants, but then again I had also all kinds of other stuff I was dealing with, but I do think it is possible for it to go like that, I also think it is very likely your dose isn't high enough. If your symptoms are that big, I think the dose should be high, maybe even the highest possible. I have the highest possible dose, and it does help, but from my experience it doesn't fix the problem completely still, there are gonna be bad days. Maybe not quite as bad as before the medication, but if you are anything like me it will first go well, then bad, and then well again, so you should be prepared for that, but I also have other stuff which may cause this to me, I really don't know the situation that well. But I hope you get the help and medication you need and deserve and that you'll get better! Depression is curable, so you'll be okay : )
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MySadDelight Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen too many members of my family and friends screwed over by anti depressants to really recommend them to anyone. Not saying they don't have their place in the world, but, currently, they're given out to almost anyone when simpler methods could suffice. I've suffered some considerable mental trauma in my life which has caused problems (anxiety attacks, panic attacks, nightmares, insomnia, sleep paralysis, etc), but I'd seen many people on anti depressants and the like and none of them seemed to be helped. So, I decided I'd find my own way. I decided to confront my issues head on, find peace in the things that trouble me, and find natural remedies to aid me along the way. I'll share what I found most useful after a few years of cautious experimentation:

I noticed someone mentioned St. John's Wort. I would be careful with it in some cases, simply because it can sometimes cause people to feel pretty rough once it leaves the system. It's a rather rare occurrence, but it caused my father a lot of trouble, so it's good to be aware. B vitamins, namely B12 (try to avoid cyanocobalamin, it's a synthetic and the body doesn't absorb it as well) and B6. A lot of general depression can actually be caused by nutritional deficiencies, especially B vitamins, Gabba, and D. If you find your depression is often accompanied by fatigue/ irregular sleep cycles, those are a good place to start looking. Magnesium is also great, not only for depression, but for headaches and digestion as well. It's very common for people to be severely low in magnesium, so I believe everyone should supplement it anyway. It's inexpensive and you can find it in a tasteless powder that mixes just fine with juice.

For anxiety and panic attacks, I found that a mix of Lemon Balm, Valerian, and Lithium Aspartate (no, that's not the same as the really strong drug doctors used to give out to patients. You can find it at any supplement store) does wonders, but don't get too heavy with the Valerian, as it will make you sleepy. Wormwood and Tyrosine can also be very useful in eliminating stress.

It should be noted that many of these are also recommended as sleep cycle regulators, and this is very true. It's important to remember that the majority of depression is caused by imbalances in the brain caused by poor sleep and irregular circadian rhythm, so fixing that problem often causes the others to fall into place.


I know that I've just listed off a cabinet full of supplements, but I wanted to give you a broad array of choices that came to mind. My top three recommendations would be B Complex (they come in easy little sublingual tabs if the bulky pills annoy you), Lithium Aspartate, and Gabba. These things together can do wonders in regulating mood for most people and offer healthier and more beneficial results, because, unlike prescription anti depressants, they go to the source to help balance out the problem as opposed to cover it up.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an issue that as a healthcare professional I hate - the issue you raise about antidepressant medication. The reason most doctors hand them out readily is because in most places, the waiting list for counselling or therapy is months long... in a place I knew it was two years before you could get CBT.

It makes no sense to me. What is the point in offering a treatment two years after your patient presents to you?! So yeah. Most doctors don't feel comfortable saying, "well, wait two years and then come back." Hence the pills. Personally I only prescribed antidepressants when they were either requested or when they were applicable by the guidance (i.e. when somebody is actively suicidal and so on). They're only a temporary measure anyway, to give somebody enough mental strength to face their problems, or to keep them going until therapy or something similar, that addresses the problem in the first place.
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MySadDelight Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can respect that, but the truth is, I have never seen a person take them as a temporary fix. Too often, it becomes a crutch or something they hide behind, never truly confronting the issue. Now, as I said, I understand there is a place for them, but I'd more readily recommend seeing if there is a deficiency to be handled, because it often helps resolve the problem. In extreme cases of trauma, this may not help and it may be found that there are no other options. Two year waits? Wow! That's wretched. I've never experienced that in my region, but that must be rough. I mean no offense, but I think it's a good thing to have all your options presented to you, even if the pills may be an easier and faster route to relief.
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xSkyeCrystalx Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
I didn't know about Gabba, I'll keep that in mind!

I take Berocca for a month every october, it does wonder with my mood and energy. It's a mix of magnesium, vitamines B and D. It helped my mood like crazy... And I think lot of people would get better with some magnesium. I'm sure another doctor would have give me antidepressants too quickly...

I use valerian and hawthorn to be more relaxed, too. I usually use them for sleep since it's very difficult for me to fall asleep even when I'm tired, and usually it helps me to have a long and peaceful night instead of waking up every two hours feeling nervous. It helps to relax a lot.
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MySadDelight Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes, that would be a good combination! Most people are severely deficient in magnesium. It's a good idea for everyone to supplement it along with vitamin D, for sure. I have a bad habit of having extremely vivid nightmares that cause me to not get enough actual rest. I tried a lot of herbs to aid with sleep, but it didn't solve the problem. One day, a chiropractor I know told me to take Gabba. I started taking one tablet a day and, sure enough, the nightmares lessened, though, I'm still NOT a morning person.
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kosett Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist
The thing with antidepressants is that they are used to balance the chemicals in your brain, and that can be really tricky considering every brain works differently. The medicine could have begun to work properly and then your body and brain adjusted to so it wouldn't have any effect. This has happened to me many of times, and it really takes a lot of patience to get everything right. It could be the weather. Was there any sudden change in the weather? People will have mood swings when the weather changes abruptly because of the barometric pressure. I would recommend eating mushrooms or purchasing a vitamin D3 supplements to aid your current medicine......but i am absolutely not a professorial in any case! I just have a lot of experience with this type of thing.......i am so sorry. I just ranted. If this doesn't help any just ignore it and i am very sorry for wasting your time! I really, really hope that you can be happy. Please get well very soon!
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chilindra Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I've been on antidepressants for over four years myself. It was not an easy change. I knew it would take some time to get to feeling better, but there were times I felt extremely low. Another point, I am also a nurse. Sometimes it can take a dose of antidepressants four to six weeks to get enough medicine into your system to be theraputic for you...unfortunately it's not instantanious. I'd wait to see if the doasge will kick in, if not you may need to change to another medication. Not all antidepressants are created equally. For example, I use an SSRI, not an MAOI. They work differently. This maybe what your experiencing. Also, it's important to understand even with antidepressants your going to have periods of high and lows. Trust me, I still go through this. But it gradual does get better, you learn to push through. Also, I recommend counseling or therapy to help you transition. Talking helps, also a counselor or psychologist will notice improvements. I hope this helps. I know it can be hard, especially the transition periods, your brain is starting to work differently form what it's used to. Waiting is no fun!! I hope things get better. Feel free to message me about anything. Questions, comments, or if you just want to talk.
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Silverblade-kun Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
When I started last year this time, they didn't do too much for me and I doubled up within the month. The change was torturous as I didn't eat and barely slept for several days. Then it smoothed out for a bit before my mood plummeted again. I realized later that despite having medication, periods of extra lows are still going to happen. But normally I feel slightly better than I did before I started.

Don't expect to 'see' results. You will feel the difference several months later when you look back on where you have been and where you are now. Don't change your dosage for a least a month or two unless you're really suffering from the side effects.

I'd recommend some counselling to get you through the transitioning periods at least if you can get someone. I liked having someone to talk to that was removed from my life and sometimes crying to them helps a lot (more than crying by yourself).
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Azula35 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I took them many years ago, but I remember they don't work instantly; like any sickness, there are ups and downs in your treatment, also because it's not up to the sickness vs medicine thing alone, but there's the emotional side involved as well
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girlcanrock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I've been on antidepressants for several years for anxiety and depression.

Talk to your doctor or psychiatrist about what you're experiencing - random extreme reactions can be the result of the drug not being right for you - when I was put onto a new drug (Lexapro - it's a nasty one for side effects, but a lot of people don't get any at all and swear by it), and slept around 19 hours a day for two weeks until I spoke up and said that it wasn't okay. Honestly, I have practically no memory of those two weeks.

Doseage takes a while to nail down, as well - you may need to start cutting up pills to take one or two and a quarter or something. It's annoying.

My best advice is wait until the end of the two weeks and if you're still having trouble, talk to your doctor. Meanwhile, keep things low key and don't put too much pressure on yourself :) Good luck!
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starrystar Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Definitely talk to your psychiatrist or at least pharmacist with questions, but from my experience:

Yes. Antidepressants are weird. As my brain chemistry was getting used to being different, all kinds of strange-ass things started happening. I didn't level out until at least a month into each new dose or medication, and even then there was some instability.

Over the counter drugs and things like caffeine or how much sleep you've gotten can also screw you up. Dr. Star recommends chocolate and fuzzy slippers and a nice book. Take it easy for a bit, as much as you can. Treat it like you would any illness. And try not to stress yourself out about it.

Do keep up communication with your psych, though. And recruit from friends/family to help keep an eye on you because it's hard for your brain to keep track of what's wrong with your brain ^^;

Feel free to message me with questions~
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Fire-Ferrets Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I've been on Zoloft for a few months and at first it was able to calm me down, but now I haven't experienced any changes like feeling better or worse even after upping my dose to 200mg. Just the side effects and some anxiety. My psychiatrist actually suggested that I check for other health problems that may be the cause for the depression which can also be a reason why the medicine wouldn't make any difference after awhile. Turns out that I have quiet a few things to get checked for like sleep apnea and some stomach problems. If physical health isn't a problem for you then I can only suggest to continue with what you're doing for a few months before changing anything. Also, contributing to your health like eating healthy and exercising can help especially cause antidepressants can cause weight gain over time.
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Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I won't go near the stuff. Do not trust your doctor. People die because of taking prescribed doses of drugs from their doctors. I saw antidepressants change my dad for the worst... work out and eat right and seek counseling if that doesnt work but pills, 'the easy quick fix' is the worst method to take
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danirat Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It can happen. Sometimes your body just doesn't take in the medicine the same way - hormones, stress, weight change and illness can ALL affect your meds.

I've been on Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, Wellbutrin, and Zoloft!

If you have any questions let me know - I've been through it all, including severe Paxil withdrawal.

<3 Good luck hun, I know you've been through a lot.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've been through depression myself, and I really hope that you feel better soon. Be strong; it's worth the fight to get through.

Be very careful of taking medical advice from the internet. Antidepressants are a very divisive topic, and people will try to convince you to take their side on the issue. I think the safest thing to do is listen to your doctor, and listen to your intuition as well. And of course, getting sunshine, exercise and healthy food and all that never hurts.
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axelwing Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Actually what you are experiancing is totally normal. Most anti-depressents have a certain inhibitor that does exactly as the product states: It inhibits the growth of depression-inducing hormones in the brain. However, once you lower the dosage or stop taking the medicene, your body responds to this lack of hormones as a hormonal imbalance. So your body will produce massive amounts of said hormone, causing you to have relapse symptoms, but the reality is that you are simply reacting to the lack of hormones in your body that are naturally occuring at a certain level.
So simply put, all your body is doing is trying to regain homeostasis.

Does that make sense? Sorta? Kinda? A definite maybe?
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kyriadalyn Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately what you are describing is pretty common when you are just starting out on a new medication like that. antidepressants and anti anxiety medication are particularly difficult for your body to adjust to and sometimes it takes a few months for your chemistry to even out.

I would wait a little bit longer and see if it evens out, but make sure to keep your doctor informed about how you are feeling. If necessary, they can switch you to another medication. I know it's really frustrating (personal experience here :p) but it'll be worth it in the end to find what works the best for YOU.

There are some herbal supplements you can take to help as well, but you should definitely talk to your doctor before starting anything like that.

best of luck and please know that you are not alone in this *hugs*
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elysiaw Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hmmmm , maybe wait for a few weeks longer and see how it goes? I spoke to my GP while I was on them and the doctor said it can take over 4 weeks for them to start working properly after the side effects have worn off - and even then it seems to be a pretty gradual improvement~ I hope you feel better soon though :heart:
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revassez Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
It could be that you're not on the right antidepressant. Sometimes you have to try a few before you find one that works best for you. It could also be the dose or that you haven't been on it long enough. When I first went on medication it made me sleep for almost the first two weeks, but it took nearly six for the meds to take full effect and I started to really feel better. It's different for each person though.
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JDarnell Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   General Artist
which ones were those? mine make me sleepy too
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revassez Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
I was on Celexa for over a year, then they switched me to Symbyax (which is for bipolar specifically), which was way worse. Though I've heard that tiredness is quite common for antidepressants until you've adjusted to them.
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antareschan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My parents are both doctors and psychotherapists and they always tell me that it takes from 1 to 3 months to get used to antidepressants, so it's definitely early to tell. Different people experience different reactions so while other people's experiences are interesting to know, please remember that yours may be totally different as there's no way to predict individual reactions.
Still, if you're feeling really bad DO tell your doctor. He or she may be able to do something about it.

Sometimes meds can be extremely frustrating. I've recently experienced something similar with birth control (for hormonal therapy) and it's awful.
I hope you can feel better soon. Best wishes. ♥
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Wolf-Maron Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Many years ago I take antidepressants, about 7 or 8 years (sertraline, specifically) and is normal to feel bad sometimes. I have days that I feel terrible, but it is normal. If you see that your condition worsens, or you're sick for a long time, see your doctor ;) (Sorry for my english ><)
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Towers-Aki Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have skype? If you want I can give you mine. If you ever feel depressed or low, talk to someone. Or I can send you notes. I just would feel better if I can help another person out in their time of need.
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xSkyeCrystalx Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't take anti-depressant, but I take neurostimulants, which I think are not too far when it comes to what it does to you. I mean, it's not like a simple medicine for a fever, it's more complicated.
What you seem to have is a "rebound effect", I have it too. Your body and brain need to be used to this sort of chemistry and medication, so they're fighting, and trying to figure out how they can deal with this new thing.

My medication is "effective" for 8h then I have a "rebound". At the first dose I didn't have it, but now I am on 30 mg, I had some rebound effect such as being very anxious and depressed suddenly (my mood went from normal to anxious in a couple of minutes) and it lasted for 2 hours. Then some days after, I wasn't that much anxious (still a little...) but I felt very, very, very exhausted.
Yesterday it was better, nothing happened. Today... I'll see. I take it for ADD, so far it didn't help my focus hability but the doctor give me little doses so my body can learn to adjust to the medicine step by step.

If I can suggest something... Try to add magnesium and vitamine B and D. But mostly magnesium. It helps me a lot - especially in october when I'm always down due to lack of sun, season changing and all - my mood can sometimes be anxious and depressed without explanation, but I take magnesium twice a day for at least 3 weeks and it helps like crazy.
I added that to the neurostimulant some days ago and maybe it helped for the anxiety and depressing thoughts, really. Actually, I'd even give advice to try about a month using magnesium and some vitamines before to turn to antidepressant.

I guess these kind of medication are like drawing = you sketch a lot, you look for the good line for a long time before starting your final drawing. Since everybody has different reactions to this kind of medicine, it may take time to find the good medicine and dose to you. Keep holding on, I'm sure you'll find your way :heart:
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Szuzka Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Talk with your doctor about it! And donīt panic, it will be be better soon.
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grayamir Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am unfortunately not acquainted with antidepressants, though I probably should consider it...
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helledia Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
It can happen, you really should wait at least two weeks for your body to adjust. When I first started taking a mild antidepressant, I actually felt too happy, overconfident even. Then after a while it went to a normal level. Just give it a little bit of time.
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loppi Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your body can take a very long time to adjust, my doctor told me it could be a few months before I see any change when I started them (although I was quite lucky in that they've been very successful) He also warned me that any adjustment in dosage can cause problems temporarily so perhaps sit it out for a month or so before asking for a different type? Which type are you taking?
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JDarnell Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   General Artist
I'm on doxepin. I told my doctor about it and she wants to try a different prescription, which panics me. I wanted her to say "It's normal, it hasnt even been two weeks yet, give it time" but she seems in a hurry to try something else. I dont want to tell her how to do her job...but I really want to suggest to her that I try these a bit longer _ _;
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loppi Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You should say that to her! I'm sure she would agree if you tell her you'd be more comfortable with it.
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RobWake Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, really sorry to hear you're going through such a difficult time.
I don't have any personal experience of using anti-depressants, however I know a few people who have. The impression I get from speaking to them is that you should be looking at medication as a tool to help you get better, as well as managing the (hopefully shot-term) anxiety and depression.
I think they would tell you that you should try not to focus too much on your particular doseage, so much as finding the type and level of medication that allows you to address the underlying issues. The ups and downs are a part of this process, and its bound to take time.
This sounds really simplistic, and I hope it doesn't sound patronising - or that I'm suggesting its easy. Like I said, I don't really know anything about it. If I'm way off, please just ignore me, except to say that I wish you all the best in finding your way through this.
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LaleAnn Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my dear, it's always so hard to start taking pills... :(
I have anxiety issues and at the beginning of this year, I thought I'd have to take pills too and I was scared because I grew up seeing what it turns some people into.. But my therapist was smart enough to tell me to try something else before taking any kind of pills. And tat something else, I REALLY advise it to everyone, it is called "sophrology" (no, it's not any kind of sect or what so ever)! It's a kind of medical therapy where you learn how to control your anxiety and feel better. It's a little bit like yoga, but without all the physical exercises. :P

I swear I was really deep down when I started this sophrology "treatment" and I feel sooo much better!!! Without any pills! All the strength and the power to get better and lower your anxiety is in you! You just get to know and understand better what's going on inside of you and how to relax, even when anxiety atacks are near..

So if you really want to get better, please, please, go and try, even once. I swear it helps. a LOT.

I hope you'll get better soon anyway! :hug: Take care!
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artisteri Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, no one here is qualified or should really be telling you whether you're on too high or low a dose, so if anyone tries, I wouldn't pay attention, and would just go back to your doctor about it.

(Sorry if that sounds pushy. I work in pharmacy so I take this stuff seriously).
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