Antidepressants: Why They Work For Me and Might Work For You Too

Firstly, I am not a medical professional. I am simply speaking from my own experience. If you think antidepressants may be an option for you, I would encourage you to speak to your doctor and seek their advice. I just thought I’d share why antidepressants work for me and why they’ll maybe work for you too.

I lived with depression for years before going on antidepressants. However I hit breaking point last year and finally went to the doctor after suffering in silence for way too long. My doctor immediately prescribed me with antidepressants, and I’ve not looked back since.

A few weeks ago, I started taking a higher dosage of my antidepressants. For some that may be disheartening, but my god it was a huge relief for me.

I’d been struggling more than normal recently. Trying to get out of bed has felt like trying to climb Mount Everest (without any training) (in your barefeet) (naked).

I decided enough was enough – I couldn’t cope.

I got an emergency appointment with my GP and asked if it was possible for my antidepressants to be increased. It was nerve-wracking, but ya know what? It was okay.

Asking for help or needing medication is not a sign of failure, I personally think it is a sign of bravery. You’re recognising you need help and that is a huge step.

I function a million times better when I’m taking my medication, and I’m not ashamed of that.

When people go on medication, there’s often a desire for it not to be permanent situation. The end goal is generally to be better and be med free, but I don’t feel that way.

Don’t get me wrong… If one day I feel like I can function without taking any medication then that’s great. No more medication for me! However, for now, I will not be wishing away my medication when it’s the only thing that gets me out of bed most days.

There is still a lot of stigma and judgement surrounding medication for a mental illness, and I don’t understand it. Not even one little bit. You wouldn’t tut at someone for taking medication for a heart condition, would ya? Nor would you tut at someone for taking anti-inflammatories for a swollen knee.

No one bats an eyelid if you’re prescribed medication for a physical ailment, but for some unknown reason it’s a completely different story when it comes to mental illnesses.

If I can change that stigma a teeny tiny bit, I’ll be happy.

While a lot more research needs to be done on depression, doctors believe it is a result of a chemical imbalance in your brain. Depression is often linked to a lack of serotonin in the brain, and if ya didn’t already know serotonin is often referred to as the happy hormone.

Taking antidepressants can be extremely helpful for those with depression – I know it has been for me. SSRIs are a type of antidepressant that help to increase the neurotransmitters in your brain like serotonin. They just help to balance out your brain a little bit.

Okay now that that quick little science lesson is over (lol) I just want to reiterate that there is nothing wrong with taking medication for your mental health.

While I know medication isn’t for everyone, I do think it’s worth a try if you are struggling and haven’t tried it yet.

Talk to your doctor and see what your options are.

I am so grateful to be on anti-depressants.

Although it’s important to say that I did find it difficult when I first started taking them. While I didn’t expect them to be a quick fix, I also didn’t expect to deal with so many side effects. I felt permanently nauseous for the first month or so and that was hard.

Don’t let that put you off though – I’m happy to report that the side effects didn’t last forever. I think my body just needed some time to adjust and then we were all good!

Being on medication hasn’t cured me, but it has undoubtedly helped me. It helps me get up out of bed in the morning, and it makes life a little less bleak! Antidepressants make me feel more stable, and I am incredibly grateful for that.

If something as simple as swallowing a pill every single morning can make your life a bit better, why not give them a try?

I hope I’ve not come across too preachy in this post…  That definitely wasn’t my intention! I just thought I’d share my personal experience with antidepressants and why I think they’re worth considering.

 

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7 Comments

  1. This did not sound preachy at all, I’m actually so glad you are keeping this conversation open and inclusive and helping break that stigma! When I was a teenager the anxiety meds I was on were so strong I had to come off them as I became too lost? Like the side effect for me was that I would hardly remember what had happened at all, it was very weird, and I did find it so difficult to talk about or explain – that’s why I’m forever grateful bloggers like you are writing these posts! And I’m glad these work for you <3

    Anne // http://www.basifpa-and-did.co.uk

    1. Oh thank you so much Anne, I really appreciate that! It can be tough to find the right medication for you – it can definitely take some trial and error 🙂

  2. Well done for going to get help. Yes still a stigma i think its the word mental though. But every one has mental health they just might not take medication. So keep strong. You are doing everything correct xx

  3. They helped me! I faced so much back lash from ‘friends’ because they thought it was the wrong thing to do. Without that medicated period of my life I don’t think I would be here today. Non-medicated and no longer classing myself as depressed.

  4. Loved this post! There’s way too much stigma about taking medications, but we have to do whatever we need to do to function and be ourselves. Thanks for writing this.

  5. Such an honest post and definitely not preachy! It’s posts like this that encourage more people to talk about mental health. I suffered for years before I finally went on SSRIs and it’s the best thing I ever did. I had my dosage increased after a few months and while I had a few side effects it was nothing compared to to how I’d been feeling the last year or so. I’d like to think somewhere down the line I’ll get my dosage reduced or maybe even come off of them completely, but I’m not too worried if I don’t because at the end of the day, they make me feel better. A friend once said to me that you wouldn’t come off medication for a heart condition so if it manages your illness, why change that? Thank you for sharing 🙂

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