Antidepressants What Doctors Fail To Tell You
I need to get this off my chest first as I believe antidepressants have saved my life and they are critical in the success of overcoming depression for a lot of people. Now that being said antidepressants do come with a negative side and I am not talking abut the cost that you need to be aware of. During this particular article I will go through several areas that the people in the white coats tend to not mention.
Antidepressants: The Wait Period
When you go and pick up your antidepressant then take one of these particular happy pills you are not going to notice an immediate reaction. For what the people in the white coats forgot to tell you is that the majority of take four to six weeks before their true effect is felt. Now we have all met that person who started to take an depression medication a couple of days before and are now telling everyone how well they work. This is known as the placebo effect which has been well documented and hey it is not necessary a bad thing. The crappy thing about having to wait four to six weeks is if the med proves to be ineffective you have to start over again with another class of antidepressant.
When it comes to addictive antidepressants not every depression medication class has addictive qualities but their are a few that do. The one that quickly comes to mind is Effexor whose makers were brought to court and sued for failing to mention this particular tidbit. For those of use who took Effexor we found out that when our brains went a couple of days without this particular antidepressant strange things began to occur. From headaches to strange thoughts to your brain feeling like it was shivering it was not a pleasant experience. Technically this is known as antidepressant withdrawal syndrome and it sucks on many levels. For Effexor the procedure to get off this antidepressant the person had to break open the capsule, count out the little beads and subtract a certain amount every couple of days.
Antidepressants: Weight Gain
This is the most common concern when beginning to take antidepressants is the potential of weight gain. The good news is that the majority of antidepressant classes this is not a real issue. There are psychiatric medication out their where this is a reality and it can get really bad. When it comes to antidepressants their are a few classes where weight gain is a reality but what really happens is a slower metabolism. What needs to be understood here is that with depression weight gain tends to be a common side effect. The days we just do not have the energy to make a proper meal we tend to turn to quick options. McDonald’s is a fast option but your belt is not going to appreciate this. Poor food options tend to be the really reason some people gain weight while taking antidepressants
Antidepressants: Psychotic Break
I am going to state right off the bat that this is a rare side effect but it needs to be stated. When I started taking my first antidepressant it sent me manic within a week. The problem was that antidepressants work by providing or slowing down certain chemicals in the brain. Each classification of antidepressant works a bit differently. Well this particular antidepressant flooded my brain with a chemical I already had a ton of and proceeded to push me over the edge. Like I said before this is a rare side effect but it is important. When taking any psychiatric medication it is essential to be aware of any new thoughts or feelings.
Antidepressants: Suicidal Thinking
A number of years ago it was determined that antidepressants were responsible for the suicidal ideation is teenagers and older adults. The problem became so severe that antidepressants now have a black box warning of such thing. Due to this the people in white coats tend to be apprehensive when prescribing antidepressants to certain age groups. Another common concern is the person may have been experiencing suicidal ideation before taking the medication. When the medication provides them with a burst of energy it may lead to them acting on these thoughts. This area can not be taken lightly and both the person taking the medication and those around them should be aware of the increase in suicidal ideation.
Antidepressants: Long Term Effects
This particular antidepressant category scares me. There are no long term studies surrounding certain antidepressant medication classes. I have been taking my current antidepressant for over seven years and while I am thankful for how it helps I worry about long term effects. In some people this may seem like a gamble but living with severe major depressive disorder is just not realistic without the medication.
Choosing to take antidepressants is not an easy one however as long as you are aware of the potential side effects will make it easier.