I take them, and likely always will. As my sister says, "We're hard-wired for clinical depression." It runs strong in my family, which I finally acknowledged when my dad -- tough guy WWII veteran that he is -- was diagnosed with it 20 years ago.
When I was diagnosed with depression in 2007, I made a rather judgmental comment to the nurse about the number of people who take antidepressants and probably don't need to. She raised an eyebrow, and said to me, "Maybe they need the medications just like you do." I was thoroughly ashamed of myself.
Unlike many diseases, depression is silent, invisible. None of us knows what others are going through, and it would serve us well to remember that.
Whether people need medication is between them and their doctor.
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I'm a firm believer that medication is one tool in a whole box of tools that people can make use of. I've taken an SSRI for OCD tendencies and also depression as a symptom of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an auto-immune disease that depresses the whole system through hypo-thyroidism.
T'is true that meds are over-prescribed, but there are also folks who truly need them and benefit from them. I was just discussing this with a psychiatrist the other day. For some, medication is the bridge between absolute desperation and suicide and living a fulfilling, relatively happy, life.
pretty funny actually trying to get used to not feeling bad. won't be long before we'll (me and Maria) will be getting used to what a normal relationship should be like instead of one that consist of every imaginable roadblock from two countries to prevent it. nice avatar, you carry on there soldier