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Why do people hate anti-depressants? - June 28th 2011, 12:42 PM

a lot of the time if I say I'm on anti-depressants a few people will roll their eyes. A friend of mine is depressed but is adamant she will not go on anti-depressants at all.

I don't understand why. That friend's doctor has even told her to go anti-depressants but she won't. I don't get it. A doctor genuinely knows what s/he's doing :| they won't give you anti-depressants for a laugh.

I know they sometimes give you side-effects but so do the majority of pills :/

I don't get why people hate them.


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Re: Why do people hate anti-depressants? - June 28th 2011, 12:46 PM

Maybe people see them as something of weakness? Or perhaps something that shows you can't cope on your own? Of course this isn't the case, but it may be the way some people see them.


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Re: Why do people hate anti-depressants? - June 28th 2011, 01:58 PM

My mother was like that. I never wanted to take them, either. I was afraid of them changing me, and the happiness it gives not being 'true' happiness. I don't want to be medicated.
   
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Re: Why do people hate anti-depressants? - June 28th 2011, 02:48 PM

When anti-depressants first come out they were actually "happy pills" my dad's friend used to take them when they first got released. My dad said after he took one he was insanely happy and was almost a different person. Medical science has changed so much from then it no longer really "changes" you. I'm no longer depressed and I'm still the same person, just more optimistic.


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Re: Why do people hate anti-depressants? - June 28th 2011, 08:18 PM

I actually wish mine would have changed me. I decided to take up my psych's offer on antidepressants on the premises that it would make me happy no matter what. I was wrong, I barely felt the difference. So I basically had to correct my depression on my own. I wish they would make happy pills again.


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Re: Why do people hate anti-depressants? - June 28th 2011, 08:37 PM

There definitely are people who go on anti-depressants and expect the drug to solve their problems with no work on their own part whatsoever.

That's not to say that everyone is like that, and I'm sure you are not, Ceilidh, but still.

I'm very cautious about putting any kind of substance in my body that has a noticeable mental effect. Even things like caffeine and alcohol. I never drink more than one cup of coffee/glass of wine a day. Even if the change itself is pleasant, the awareness of the nature of the change can be scary.


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Re: Why do people hate anti-depressants? - June 29th 2011, 12:29 AM

I think it goes back to the stigma surrounding mental health problems vs. physical health problems. If it's mental people are likely to think that you can control it more than a physical problem and they don't see the need for medication because you should be able to "get over it" without any medical help (I don't think this at all). It's possible that your friend feels the same way about her condition and thinks that she doesn't need it or that doctors prescribe too much medication. There's also the false belief that anti-depressants will change your personality.


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