What do you feel like on antidepressants?

I’ve always been strongly against it because I don’t believe big pharma cares about anything but money. I have enough physical problems on top of my suicidal mindset, but I’ve convinced myself the side effects of antidepressants would make everything much worse.

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Remember if you are taking an SSRI especially at a low dose it’s not going to fundamentally alter anything. It’s just holding onto more of the serotonin your brain makes naturally for longer. There is no harm in trying. I do think more neutral is a good description of how you can feel but I am currently trying different things.

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Unfortunately I agree with you, although there is no shame in taking medication if you feel that it helps you. On antidepressants, I was definitely less depressed. But I was also less everything else—happy, excited, inspired, etc. I was just neutral. Once I got off them my life had colour again. I also think that doctors prescribe too easily without ordering psych evaluations or looking at underlying issues. My GP is quick to prescribe and difficult to get a referral to do evaluations. I prefer a holistic approach, that can include medication if that’s what you choose. For me that is also working with a holistic practitioner, reading philosophy and exercising every day. It depends also if your depression is generalized or circumstantial. For me currently I feel that it is circumstantial and the right thing is to figure out why I am unhappy and how to bring purpose and joy to my life. I don’t want to numb myself.

Feel that I have to emphasize that although I am choosing to manage my depression without medication, if anyone reading this is suffering, I do not want to discourage you from seeking help or continuing to take a medication that allows you to live and function normally without pain.

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As someone who is on SSRIs, I feel like it’s difficult for me to feel content, joy, or happiness off of them - I can only really experience these on them. However, my ability to feel generally excited has gone down, but who cares

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