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Post Anti-depressants? - October 21st 2009, 05:02 AM

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So my therapist contacted my doctor and told him that he needs to prescribe me some AD. I don't really know how I feel about taking a pill just to feel happy again. She says this will help the frequency of my cutting but I don't really see how. I don't want to be medicated the rest of my life just so I won't be depressed.

Whats your view on that? Should I take them to feel better? Because I've heard that they can be harmful to take as a teenager.
   
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Re: Anti-depressants? - October 21st 2009, 05:06 AM

This is something you really need to talk to your doctor about. Personally, I take anti-depressants and I rely on them to keep me going. I was at a point in my life that I said no medication though.

Just because you start an anti-depressant, does not mean you'll be on it the rest of your life. Though it's up to YOU if you start them now or not.

Research them thoroughly. Google is your friend. While it won't necessarily eliminate your self harm, it should (When you get the right type/doseage) help you feel well enough to not feel the need to self harm.

I don't think medication is for everyone. But speaking to your doctor is the best idea for right now. Research online in the meantime. The only harmful thing I've ever dealt with is some make you more suicidal - which then you just tell your doctor and get them fixed up. =)

Remember they take a few weeks to feel the effects!



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Re: Anti-depressants? - October 21st 2009, 05:11 AM

Hey there,

Anti-depressants are helpful for many people. If the underlying cause of your self-harm is depression, then taking this could very well decrease the frequency of your cutting. However, it is understandable if you do not feel comfortable with this prescription. The best thing you can do is communicate with your therapist and your doctor; they will be able to help you decide what is best for you right now. Your opinion is important, and they should listen to you concerns and such.

Anti-depressants, in a small population of teenagers, can cause increased suicidal thoughts and depression. However, your doctor would not prescribe this medication to you if they thought it would be harmful. Just make sure you talk to them about your concerns and fears, and they will straighten everything out for you.

Whatever you do, make sure you make an informed decision on what's best for YOU. You don't have to take or not take this medication to please any one else; it's for your benefit alone.

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Re: Anti-depressants? - October 21st 2009, 06:24 AM

It's totally up to you. There is rarely anything bad that comes with taking them, but you can always stop if you get any side affects you can't handle. I personally think anti-depressants can be a great help for the short term at least. Therapy is important to staying happy long-term though.


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Re: Anti-depressants? - October 21st 2009, 06:52 PM

Antidepressants are a great jump start, but are not really what I consider an adequate long term solution. Results are best when antidepressants are paired with psychotherapy, much better than either of the two by themselves.

There are some side effects to be prepared for, and really to make sure your parents keep an eye on you for, particularly causing suicidal thoughts in adolescents and children as some AD do. My younger sister as also had much more vivid dreams which have caused some sleep issues as a side effect of her AD. Like I said before, I'd recommend psychotherapy and medication together.
   
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Re: Anti-depressants? - October 22nd 2009, 03:50 AM

Anti-depressants can be harmful, however, whenever you put something in your body, there's always a risk it can be harmful. For these medications though, you shouldn't need to take them for the rest of your life. Research has shown that psychotherapy is just as if not more effective than medications, although each has their own disadvantages.

Ideally, I'd say a combination of both, the medications to begin providing you with some relief and psychotherapy to act as a buffer to prevent it from returning. Although the medications may tackle a more biological "cause", there's always environmental/social factors to the disorder also and those have to be addressed because if they aren't, then it's not tackling the true "cause".
   
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Re: Anti-depressants? - October 22nd 2009, 07:45 AM

Hey Amy,

I think you should definitely go for the ADs. They aren't about making you feel happy, it's about reducing the negative thoughts and emotions that you might be going through in order to make you happy.

With a lot of Mental Health disorders, therapy mixed with drugs (Anti Depressants usually) are the best form of treatment, and the people who take them together have the highest recovery rate! I don't think you would take them forever either. Teenagers tend to experience lots of different emotions and feelings during puberty as a result of hormones going haywire. It might be that when you hit 19 / 20, you'll start to feel relatively normal again!

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Re: Anti-depressants? - October 23rd 2009, 07:25 AM

Thank you for the advice everyone! Really helpful.
   
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Re: Anti-depressants? - October 23rd 2009, 12:27 PM

The OP seems satisfied with the advice, so I'm going to close this now. Feel free to PM me if you want it reopening.



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