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I Am Against Antidepressants

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    I Use to Think That Taking Antidepressants Will Make Matters Worst, I Was So Wrong

    when I  lost my first and only child, I  went into a deep and dark depression, not only did I loss my little girl, but I also lost myself, I tried killing myself three times, I have a very loving and close family, and they tried so very hard to help, but at that...
    angelsheart angelsheart 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 16, 2007

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    Antidepressants Dehumanize My Suffering

    First of all, I am not against antidepressants for the short term or for those who are severely depleted in serotonin. It is true that there is a chemical imbalance in people who are depressed or have trauma disorders. I would know. I have PTSD and DID. What I hate is that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Mar 24, 2012

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    Id Like to Be Myself Not What ...

    Id like to be myself not what medcines make me...;~(
    SaDiEsmiles SaDiEsmiles 16-18, F 2 Responses Jun 30, 2007

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    Miracle Drugs For Those Who Want Nausea

    I was put on Wellbutrin, Lexapro, and Paxil. None of them worked, and the doses kept on being bumped up. Eventually I pretended that they worked so that my psychiatrist would leave me alone. I quit and flushed my drugs down the toilet. The Paxil withdrawal was terrible. I had...
    delirio delirio 31-35 3 Responses Jan 1, 2011

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    Lexapro=evil

    I was on anti depressants for about 7 months...first I could not sleep at all, then I began to feel almost hypomanic, I began abusing drugs and skipping class at an abnormal rate. In feb of 2006 I moved to a new house and misplaced my pills, a few days later I began feeling...
    serpillian serpillian 21-25, F 6 Responses Jun 4, 2007

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    I Don't Like It.

    I don't really feel like getting in to it right now, but I was on anti-depressants for a little over a year, and I'm very happy that I'm no longer taking them. I just don't think it's necessary, and I think the way they're prescribed is very haphazard, unscientific, and I don't...
    fxckup fxckup 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 22, 2012

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    Effexor 'addiction'

    I have been on and off antidepressants since I was 17, first Paxil, then Prozac, then Effexor, back to Prozac, Zoloft, now back to Effexor.  This time around, I was on a high dose of Effexor and now can't get off because I have withdrawal effects everytime I try. ...
    aka746 aka746 26-30, F 13 Responses Mar 26, 2007

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    It's strange how doctors over prescribe anti

    depressants . Humans feel emotions and it is perfectly natural. Many people who are depressed have a good reason to be, and their sadness shouldn't be named a medical condition. Yes, some people may be clinically depressed, but so many normal, sad people are on anti depressants...
    tasha456 tasha456 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 13

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    Sharing Your Narrative

    Hello all - I am an undergraduate researcher looking for the experiences of individuals who are against the use of antidepressants. I would encourage you to contact me if you would like to share your experience with me in greater detail. Thanks!
    jujubunga jujubunga 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 28, 2012

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    20 Years Being On Them !

    Yes I was on antidepressants for 20 years . I felt I plateaued so ,told my doctor and she had me wean off them. I feel much better not being on them !
    cjpsf5 cjpsf5 41-45, M 4 Responses Jun 22, 2011

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    Been There Done That. ...

    Been there done that. You can achieve an altered state of mind with out them.
    supergrace supergrace 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 30, 2007

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    Took 1st Lexapro Today - Maybe I'm Just Sensitive But Aaaahhhhh!!!!

    All day I've been shaking to the core, hyper, nasous, unable to read any of my college books, and... while before I took it I was actually going to leave the house, I can't anymore. I feel like I'm tweeking on something. Obviously my brain is NOT depressed or I would feel...
    elephant3152 elephant3152 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 3, 2010

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    Sadness Gone- Hello Anger..

    I went on antidepressants after an ex commited suicide. I lived like a zombie for 9 months. I became more productive at a mundane job I hated. I went off food and lost lots of weight ( i was already slim), and I stopped writing poetry and journaling entirely. I became pleased...
    annuya annuya 22-25 1 Response Apr 5, 2012

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    Antidepressent Zombie

    I feel they change you so much, that you are no longer the person you were.My experience with them, caused me to walk around dazed and confused, becoming disconnected with the world. Sleeping constantly. They zombified me. I had a life and they took it away. I have since found...
    happyharpy happyharpy 46-50 3 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    Not My Cup of Tea

    When I sent myself to therapy, my therapist sent me to go on anti-depressants. I took a few different kinds, a few different dosage levels and the whole time I felt like a zombie. I didn't feel the highs or lows anymore. The voices in my head became whispers and drove me up a...
    InkySkettio InkySkettio 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2007

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    Thank You, for my sight <3

    I love taking pictures and seeing new beauty ...My optomotrist told me I would be blind by 16 b/c my vision was degenerating at such a rapid and steady pace. Although my vision has been the same for 7yrs now I am currently looking into lasik surgery, again. So if you know...
    brittanyrmackey brittanyrmackey 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 21, 2011

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    Crutch

    To me, antidepressants are a crutch...no, worse than that. It's a quick fix. My psychiatrist actually told me that depression is like diabetes...you can test your blood sugar and see if there's a problem. You can't test brain chemicals. Until there's a test to show what my brain...
    tqoftu tqoftu 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 17, 2007

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    Made Me Manic

    I was on welbutrin and then taken off of that and put on Cymbalta and abilify at the same time. Cymbalta I believe is for anxiety too. Abilify is an anti psychotic. Well it didn't do much except make my moods even more up and down. See, I was never just depressed. I was always a...
    NotApplicable NotApplicable 22-25, F 4 Responses Jan 12, 2012

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    Why? I'm on antidepressants

    and I love them, they help me get through life not being a depressed zombie
    EmoGirl286 EmoGirl286 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    I Think That Some People( Even...

    I think that some people( even me) need some help sometimes to get over things in life.  We take meds for high blood presser, and other things, why not moods? I don't understand why people treat it as if it is such a huge deal need help to deal with mental issues.
    rescueangel rescueangel 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 7, 2007

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    Drugs Man

    i hate how doctors would rather give you drugs to cover up what your feeling rather than find what upsetting you and sorting that out.
    hardwood66 hardwood66 18-21, M Oct 20, 2011

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    Citalopram Made Me Crazy

    I was on 20mg Citalopram for a while, and it really made me crazy. One day I'd be incredibly depressed and suicidal, and the next I'd be manically high. Once I saw Jesus in my fridge, and another time I was sure the dishwasher was going to eat me.
    LolaLament LolaLament 19-21, F 22 Responses Aug 14, 2007

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    It's Been A Week Now

    Hello, I've been on antidepressants for at least 10 years now and don't want to be on them the rest of my life. My regular family doctor prescribed them as there is a history of depression in my family. I also went to a psychiatric nurse who tweaked the meds. I was taking...
    Goddess65 Goddess65 41-45, F 3 Responses Jun 17, 2012

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    I have tried like five

    or six of these things in the past year and none of them did aaaanything. Real frustrating and real expensive
    Van1015 Van1015 18-21, F Mar 26

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    Avoid The Crutch

    I think the problem is that all though it has become common practice these days, most of these drugs were created, intended for, and are only effective for short term use.The people prescribing them are using them just to maintain. My personal view point (which is based on years...
    gettinonwithit gettinonwithit 36-40, M Mar 31, 2013

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    My Dad + Antidepressants = Fatal

    My Dad  was taking anti-depressants for a while (not sure of the exact time frame, but I believe less than a year) and ended up committing suicide. To my knowledge he never talked to anyone about his depressions issues, except for a doctor, and I am convinced that those pills...
    ambeyleelou ambeyleelou 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 16, 2011

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    I've been told I have depression,

    but would never go on antidepressants. I believe that I can control those things and my emotions can be changed by positive thoughts. I know that others need antidepressants, and that's okay and I hope you are doing okay, but I'm just saying antidepressants aren't for me.
    picses2222 picses2222 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 10

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    F Uck You Dumb As Ses

    cipralex is the s hit.......I was a suicidal b itch then i took the magic pills and i'm fine now...zyprexa is another story lol
    MrJungleMonkey MrJungleMonkey 31-35, M May 9, 2012

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    Nasty Feelings

    Antidepressants are such bullshit. I think pharmaceutical companies could actually manufacture drugs that remedy or cure mental illness, but they make more money selling funky pills that make you feel so-so and never really alleviate the problem. I've tried Zoloft, Lexapro and...
    nastynate nastynate 19-21, M 4 Responses Mar 28, 2007

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    I Am a Mental Health Worker...

    I am a mental health worker, and I see how much antidepressants help people.  Plus I have been taking Zoloft for nearly ten years.  I weaned off of it last year and did not take it for over a month.  I thought that maybe I didn't need it anymore.  Well, I...
    behindthemask behindthemask 26-30, F 9 Responses Feb 7, 2007

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    I'm Confused...

    Can some of you explain why you are expressly "against" anti-depressants? I know a few people who personally refuse to take the medications for various reasons, but I've never met someone who was completely against their use. So many friends and family members of mine...
    OFFthecuff OFFthecuff 22-25, F 7 Responses Mar 29, 2008

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    My Verdict: The Side Effects Outweigh The Benefits.

    In 2001, during the summer between my junior and senior year of high school, I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.  I've flipped back and forth on saying my case is mild or outright denying it was ever accurate, and could probably write paragraphs on that, but the end result...
    Arpijy Arpijy 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 25, 2012

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    Against Against Antidepressants

    I have anxiety.. I can hardly leave the house without having a panic attack my antidepressants help me have a normal life..for the people who are against them for reason which seem to be you do not like how they feel ever consider new ones or a different dosage..you cannot just...
    MightyPutty MightyPutty 18-21, M Aug 10, 2012

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    Hate Them!!

    I've been totally against them from the dawning of my first depression bout, when I was 15. I have NEVER wanted to be on them. I tried Prozac and Zoloft around my freshmen/sophomore year in H.S. they drove me absolutely insane....It felt like I lost control of myself...
    QueenOfHearts QueenOfHearts 22-25, F 6 Responses Mar 23, 2009

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    Anti Deps Killed My Soul

    I am a Londoner who had a mildly stressful summer with normal work pressures and a gf i was trying to end it with. I was told by someone who doesn't know me very well to go see this therapist, very expensive, who was linked to a v expensive psychiatrist so referred me on, and...
    Luke2 Luke2 31-35 2 Responses Oct 24, 2012

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    Zombified

    That junk turned one of my best friends into a zombie He had unlimited potential and now he's content to go nowhere with his life Down with the pharmaceutical industry and all the garbage they produce
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Sep 21, 2007

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    Antidepressants = Heroine, Cocaine, Meth = Bad

    I got put on aintidepressants for the first time 6years ago I was 16 at the time.. Overdosed on a ton of white pills (asprin I found out later) and got sent to the psyc ward yay... too bad they don't have the straight jackets and padded rooms anymore that would have made it more...
    s3xyrixa s3xyrixa 22-25, F 6 Responses Dec 19, 2010

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    For Most People It Takes Less Than 15 Min To Get A Prescription!

    SSRIs are toxic, just read the list of possible side effects. Some of the most common side effects are homicidal and suicidal behavior / ideation. This makes no sense. Your physician won't tell you about these, or will make some comment about them getting less severe over time...
    Moonlightdreamer Moonlightdreamer 41-45, F 5 Responses Nov 2, 2011

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    I'm Tired Of School Shootings The Drug Companies Need To Be Stopped

    I don't have a personal story. That's actually my point, I don't want to wait until my child is the victim of "another school shooting" before I have a story to tell about the adverse side effects of anti-depressants. It doesn't take a genius to connect the dots between these...
    baraka2000 baraka2000 36-40, M 5 Responses Dec 14, 2012

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    Be The Architect In Your Life.

    In the late 90's I was prescribed antidepressants. I was having a difficult time at my 12 year job and my doctor suggested depression and I started on Zoloft, I think. After a month on the drug, I quit my job and felt remarkably stress free and happy. I went to my doctor and...
    maxwell1206 maxwell1206 51-55 1 Response Dec 16, 2012

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    It's Gone Too Far

    "Just as physical pain prevents us from burning ourselves if we get too close to a fire, perhaps mental pain, too, serves a purpose, such as motivating us to change life situations..." (Newman 281) I feel that things have gone too far. Now even used to treat...
    Sleepwalker Sleepwalker 19-21, M 14 Responses Oct 14, 2006

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    Poison = Anti- Depressants (for Me)

    I'm one of those freaks that react in the opposite way anti-depressants are intended. I absolutely become suicidal. The warnings are for "young people", but I ain't young anymore... I have too many medical problems to list, but all of the "remedies" contain an anti-depressant...
    bwq424 bwq424 61-65, F 3 Responses Nov 16, 2011

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    Millions of Lost Souls...

    I have very personal reasons for being against these. I used to be a big proponent of drugs.  I had the "if it makes you feel better - take the pills" attitude all my life.  All that has changed since I've seen 2 people I know and love succumb to them. My sister has gone...
    luls7 luls7 36-40, F 20 Responses Sep 12, 2009

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    Cannot Read Article

    Your webmaster is cutting the middle article in half. I'm not looking for problems already. I have enough. Any ideas?
    nitecop983 nitecop983 61-65 Apr 21, 2012

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    I Have Willpower... I Just Forgot Were I Put It.

    From time to time I get low; In a funk; Apathetic lose my way in life. Usually after a bout of one kind or another I fall into another one. But I figure that's on me. It was my mind that got me into this mess. It should be my mind that gets me out. I don't want to be putting...
    Thevy29 Thevy29 26-30, M Sep 17, 2013

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    If The Boot Dont Fit, The Doctor Wont Wear It

    I've been prescribed a lot of different types of anti depressants through the years. The last type, which i still have a stock of, is called citalopram. I have experienced the benefits this drug can bring when i was getting deep depression. However i also believe that after this...
    lafsnack lafsnack 51-55, M 6 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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    Should I Take Antidepressants?

    I’m 16 years old and I’m not sure what to do. I exercise daily, eat healthy, pursue my passions, and have done psychotherapy and a lot of reading on cognitive positive psychology. I exercise when I'm depressed, I've never cut myself, done drugs or alcohol. My family is great...
    whereishappiness whereishappiness 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 5, 2012

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    My Painful Experience

    For thirteen years, I have been battling with chronic depression. I didn't know how I became upset in the first place so I assumed that these feelings were normal. I remember people asking me if I was alright because I didn't look happy. My response to them was always, "I haven't...
    beautywithin20 beautywithin20 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 13, 2011

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    i'm a Diagnosed Manic D...

    i'm a diagnosed manic depressive, which EVERYONE is, and i refuse to go on them. instead of pills, how about listening to me?
    JoshTurner JoshTurner 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 1, 2008

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    I Used to Take Them

    Here's the scoop: I used to take them myself. I took Effexor and Welbutrin. I was on Paxil for a while, and tried Zoloft. I started having major problems with depression when I got in a very serious relationship which wasn't very healthy for me or her. I recognize that in...
    liferiot liferiot 26-30, M 9 Responses May 11, 2007

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    Against Antidepressants For Pain...or Anything

    I am against antidepressants for several reasons.  The biggest reason is that I had a car accident and was hurt quite badly in 1990.  My jaw was broken and I hurt my neck (compressed disks).  Since that time, I took me almost 6 years before someone ACTUALLY found...
    Gingersjag Gingersjag 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 12, 2007

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    Ssri Hell

    check back in a few days for this story (4/14/13)
    JustineMiller JustineMiller 56-60, F Apr 14, 2013

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    I Am Against Antidepressants

    When I was adopted at age 10, I didn't bond quickly with my parents, I struggled with the transition, and I struggled to get good grades. My parents took me to a doctor who diagnosed me with ADD. I was started on a regimen of Adderall and Lexapro. For those that don't know, they...
    jtpacp06 jtpacp06 22-25 1 Response Dec 14, 2012

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