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Author Topic: How many of you take anti-depressants?  (Read 52644 times)

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Offline heartforyou

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How many of you take anti-depressants?
« on: May 31, 2006, 04:31:54 PM »
I have wondered how widespread the use of anti-depressants is amongst HIV pos people.

I myself have been on Prozac for about 1 year.

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Offline DingoBoi

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2006, 04:32:54 PM »
Lexapro.... it takes away the anger and lets me feel happy, but intensifies my feeling of being exhausted all the time.

Offline Trish

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2006, 04:34:28 PM »
I was prescribed Zoloft in January, but I haven't taken them.  I prefer talk therapy -- will be hooking up with a new therapist here in KC very soon.  So, to answer the question Herman -- NO, I'm not taking any, but I know there are many who are.
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Offline Christine

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2006, 04:45:16 PM »
Hello,
I take Zoloft, but I was diagnosed with depression when I was 19 (I am now 39), and have been on and off meds as needed since then, along with seeing a therapist. I was diagnosed + when I was 26, so I have been on anti-depressants prior to be +. But since being on HAART, I have had difficulty finding an anti-depressant that works well for me, and does not react to the hiv meds, especially Norivir.
Christine
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Offline Tar Heel

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2006, 05:14:42 PM »
I've been on prozac for 10+ years and think they should spike the tap water with the stuff.
"So much has been given to me that I have no time to ponder on that which has been denied." ~ Helen Keller

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2006, 05:33:29 PM »
I was on Prozac about 15 years ago when I first partner died from lymphoma but Prozac caused me awful insomnia so I wasn't on anything again until a year ago when I was diagnosed with PML.  So I've been on Zoloft now for just a little over a year and I tolerated it just fine.

Offline RapidRod

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2006, 05:43:33 PM »
Taking Lexapro for about a month now.

Offline AlanBama

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2006, 05:48:21 PM »
I've taken antidepressants for many years.   Sometimes, I wonder why I bother, I feel like they don't do much good.

Right now, I'm on Wellbutrin XL 300 mg, have been on that for several years.  Today, the psych. added Prozac, so we'll see if I feel better in a couple of weeks.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2006, 05:52:34 PM »
I take 25 mg of Elavil to help with my quality of sleep, but that's about it.  Otherwise I've very even tempered and in good spirits. 

Woohoo, first post !

Offline Basquo

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2006, 06:07:51 PM »
What exactly counts as an anti-depressant?  I know about the SSRIs, but I'm thinking somewhere in my education I learned that the "pams" (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, etc.) were also anti-depressants.  Or is that just my twisted mind thinking that they can be called that because they can make you just forget everything you're feeling?

Offline Ric Wilke

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2006, 06:12:56 PM »
I've been on Paxil for about a month.  It's beginning to help, I think.  At least Thom thinks so.

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2006, 06:15:16 PM »
Back in the late 90's I took anti-depressants for a couple of years. Doxepin and then Imipramine - but I ended up being unable to whiz and had to go to hospital and be catherterised so I was changed to Zoloft and then Effexor. They worked well and I stopped taking them.

Since then I've never been depressed. Not even when I was diagnosed. But I take a lot of valproate for epilepsy and my doctors tell me that can have an anti-depressant effect.

MtD

Offline Biggums

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2006, 06:36:39 PM »
Lexapro and Wellbutrin here
44 year old gay man .......just broke up with the only man I've ever really loved.

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Offline Moffie65

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2006, 06:50:47 PM »
God/esses Simple Green

It helps me walk, and keeps my pain at a bearable level.  It also seems to free up my neurons to think a little better.

That's all Folks!

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It's just that they need more supervision.
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Offline Teresa

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2006, 07:20:44 PM »
The dr put me on Lexapro to help with stress....Hubby isnt on anything for depression.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #15 on: May 31, 2006, 07:21:20 PM »
I'm the same as Trish.  I was prescribed Zoloft (Sertraline) but I have not taken them.  I try and rely in talking to a counsellor when I feel like I'm in a dark place.  Sometimes it helps, when it doesn't help, I come here and find that does.  This place is my anti-depressant.
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2006, 07:32:02 PM »
Hello Herman,

I have never taken any anti-depressants. Thats not to say that someday they may have to be prescribed for me, but for the present, they are noe neccessary.


 Ray
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Offline jack

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2006, 07:48:53 PM »
Lexapro is so nice, I might start taking two a day. hMMMM.

Offline whizzer

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2006, 08:48:59 PM »
Wellbutrin SR 150mg BID for the last six years.  Paxil for a couple of years before that.  Better living through chemistry.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2006, 08:49:51 PM »
I take ativan 1mg in the PM. and I take 80mg of Prozac in the AM.

Offline dplush

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2006, 09:43:54 PM »
I have been taking anti depressants on and off for almost 20 years. Right now I have been taking celexa for awhile

Offline Bartro

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2006, 10:39:29 PM »
I have been on anti-depressants for about 25 years. (I'm 46)  I tested positive last month.  I feel that if I wasn't on Remeron (mapratoline) this may have pushed me over the edge. 
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #22 on: May 31, 2006, 10:43:15 PM »
I've never taken an anti-depressant. There may be a time when I need to but so far I have not had a problem with depression.

Offline joemutt

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2006, 10:48:14 PM »
I'm chronically depressed but getting better at it.
I take remeron and amytriptiline (tofranil), if I forget to take them with me on a trip I quickly realise the difference. And I've been in some kind of therapy on and off since I was 12. Now at my 13th therapist, I'm inclined to say finally the good one, but I think therapy is effective in layers and cycles, also as a form of self protection, so I think this point is really where I should be at now.

Offline Bartro

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #24 on: May 31, 2006, 11:04:56 PM »
I tried therapy, it helped at first, but when I realized the therapist needed therapy I knew it was time to quit.
Rusty

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2006, 11:35:06 PM »
Cool !  I win !
I have hit the trifecta. 200 mg elavil, 300 mg trazadone at HS, and 10mg of Lexapro in AM.

They don't work very well, but I'm in no position to change any of it. The only antidepressant on the N.C. ADAP formulary is Elavil PERIOD!
My family doc is supplying me with Lexapro from the reps. And I pay 25dollars/mo for the Traz.
If I ever get in a different position, I'd love to try weaning from these, and try a slightly more powerful SSRI.

Your druggie sister,
Lisa
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Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #26 on: June 01, 2006, 12:18:32 AM »
Hi Hermie,

I use to get Prozac all the time.  It was the drug of choice in L.A. for many years.  I was seeing a Psychiatrist (professionally, not socially) for a while in part of my HIV treatment.  My ID doc asked what anti-depressants I was taking.  When I told him whjat my drug was, he told me who my shrink was... I had to ask, how do you know that?  He said drug of choice.

Then one fine Winters day, I found myself happier than I had been in years and without anti-depressants so I stopped taking them and fired the shrink.  The rest is history in the making... Have the best day
Michael

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Offline Jacques

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #27 on: June 01, 2006, 12:36:12 AM »
Last year I got extremely depressed and my doctor tried to put me on those antidepressants. No way,  I replied. I'm going to get out of this depression all by myself. And that's exactly what I did. It's over now, I feel free and in full control of myself.

Jacques
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Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #28 on: June 01, 2006, 08:43:26 AM »
Not I said the fly. And thank God. Jacques, I am happy for you and I applaud you. Your physiology thanked you the day you decided to handle your issues solo. For me personally, I figure, you know what, I already take 3 meds every single day, the last thing I wanna do is take more pills of any kind, even nutritional pills. I don't have clinical depression so I cant speak on that, but when I get the blues I use aromatherapy because it's external (i.e., I'm not swallowing anything on top of my HAART pills)

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #29 on: June 01, 2006, 09:27:45 AM »
No real anti-depressants here.  I do take Adderall for my ADD.  It is sometimes used for depression.  I think it should be used more often, as it makes me feel wonderful.  After all, generic Adderall is prescription speed (amphetamines).  It helps a lot with the ADD, keeps my energy up, and keeps my hubby happy ('cause I get bitchy without it! ;) ).  Exercise and keeping busy are my main anti-depressants.

David
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #30 on: June 01, 2006, 04:37:43 PM »
I've been taking them for almost 20 years and I'd be lost without them.  Just started on Lexipro and it's working better than any drug has for a very long time.  Hope it lasts.

In total, I take Wellbutrin, Lexipro and Trazadone.

Offline TugaMan

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #31 on: June 01, 2006, 04:59:26 PM »
Well, the night i got my positive results, the doc prescribed me Bromalex (bromazepam) I took it for half a dozen days, to help me sleep. And then it was over. Now i don't take anything. Stocrin and Truvada are enough. Eheheh

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #32 on: June 01, 2006, 08:07:06 PM »
Bartro, I have tried to take Remeron twice and on both occasions, it literally knocked me out.   I could not function, it was as if I had taken a phenabarbitol.

Joe, the Lexapro/Wellbutrin combination worked GREAT for me for awhile; then it started 'losing' it, and I tried to increase the Lexapro, but it gave me such tremendous headaches, I couldn't tolerate the higher dose.

I'm going to try Wellbutrin and Prozac together now.   Sometimes I feel like I'm playing eeny-meeny-miney-mo.....

Alan   ::)
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #33 on: June 01, 2006, 09:38:22 PM »
I take Wellbutrin XL 150mg and it's made a world of difference in how I feel. 
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Offline Jacques

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #34 on: June 01, 2006, 11:10:19 PM »
Quote
Exercise and keeping busy are my main anti-depressants.


David, I fully agree with you. Keeping busy keeps the depression away.

And as Allopathicholistic said ,  taking haart is already enough chemical stuff.

Jacques

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Offline joemutt

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #35 on: June 01, 2006, 11:49:47 PM »
I think that's complete bull.  >:(   (Why not say that to keep busy and fit will cure aids as well.

Chronical clinical depression is a disease and can be correctly diagnosed. It is not the same as feeling blue, or "feeling depressed". I think it's demeaning to suggest to keep busy will cure depression. I work more than full time and I'm very fit. The HAART therapy on the contrary has very little side effects for me, chemical stuff in itself is not a bad thing. My cd4's are 1205.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #36 on: June 02, 2006, 12:28:34 AM »
You make a good point Joe.

I'm curious though as to how many people who take anti-depressants have actually had their depression clinically diagnosed.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #37 on: June 02, 2006, 12:55:47 AM »
Thank you Joe, and Stevie. I was a little off put by the keeping busy comment too.
I was first diagnosed with clinical depression in my mid twenties, and have been on various meds down through time.
I had a maternal history of clinical depression, and a strong opinion that my father was clinically depressed in the last three years of his life, as well.
Funny, I don't remember any of those 70hr. weeks keeping my depression at bay.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #38 on: June 02, 2006, 12:57:07 AM »
As Little Steve and Lisa note, Joe makes a good point.

Clinical depression is a serious and all too common psychiatric condition that requires medical intervention. For many people, medication alone is not enough. Some form of additional therapy (such as cognitive behavioural therapy or supportive psychotherapy) is needed to treat it.

Clinical depression can be treated, and very effectively too. I know from personal experience. I took anti-depressants way back because I developed, endogenous clinical depression. That means there was no external cause for my condition, just a chemical imbalance in my brain. This imbalance was easily fixed by the use of anti-depressant medication. Counselling and other kinds of non pharmaceutical treatment are really pretty useless in cases like mine and I responded well to medication. Once the right medicine was found, my symptoms went away and after a couple of years, I ceased treatment and have since been fine.

For other people who experience exogenous depression (ie depression caused by external factors), medication can help relieve the symptoms, thus alleviating the immediate misery but other kinds of therapy are needed to determine the root cause of the condition. Then you can begin to resolve things and get on with life.

It's terribly important that people who exhibit the symptoms of clinical depression (and Joe is quite right again here -- depression is more than feeling sad) get appropriate medical attention. Untreated depression is very serious, it impairs life to a terrible extent and is a significant factor in suicide.

MtD

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #39 on: June 02, 2006, 01:31:27 AM »
I'm on 30mg of Prozac/day.  I started at the same time I started HAART.  Actually I started out at 10 and now up to 30.  I was seeing a psychiatrist for awhile so does that mean I am "clinically" depressed.  The psychiatrist didn't seem to care one way or the other if I was depressed or not so I quit seeing her.  It was my ID Dr. who started the Prozac and who keeps upping the dose. 

Now as for keeping busy, I take my pills in the morning and then immediately go into my rowing routine.  I feel better "doing" something but then that feeling of general malaise or ennui is always lurking in the back of my mind.  If I had to go to "work" (as in the office) I think that would just kill me.  I couldn't handle it.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #40 on: June 02, 2006, 01:43:07 AM »
Well Joe, I'm not going to argue with you here. But I can clarify on this.
First:
I was diagnosed last year with a "severe depression" needing to be immediately  monitored by both antidepressants and therapist follow up. As I told before, I said : "NO way. I will get out of this by myself". My doctor said  it wast the worst thing to do , that without help I would go as far as suicide!  So okay, I am certainly bull but perhaps not in the way you meant. Or may be I am a special case ? I don't know. The only thing I know is that it worked.

Second:
Exercising doesn't necessarily mean going to the  gym 5 times a week. It means having your body moving (walking, bicycle, doing some sport etc) all this according to your physical capacities.
Keeping busy means doing things you like to do (including going back to work if you feel physically able and if the job is not a stressing one). In short, forcing  yourself to do something instead of leaving the infernal spiral of depression invade you.

Third:
Haart drugs are hard drugs. Some are lucky and have few side effects. but a lot have great difficulties taking them. This forum is not here for noting.

Jacques :)
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #41 on: June 02, 2006, 02:03:51 AM »
Gosh, I'm so slow in writing that 3 new posts were added before I finished mine.  ;D

I see so many people here using antidepressants and I am afraid that my case is not helping. :-[ I don't feel part of the gang.

So if those pills are keeping all of you happy, then  be happy.

I guess I have nothing to do here after all.

Cheers

Jacques :)
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Offline joemutt

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #42 on: June 02, 2006, 02:09:50 AM »
When depression is clinical it is not a matter of not "leaving (letting?) the infernal spiral of depression invade you", it's like telling not "letting the infernal spiral of the flue invade you" or not "letting the infernal spiral of aids invade you". You don't know what you are talking about.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #43 on: June 02, 2006, 02:15:29 AM »
...I'm thinking somewhere in my education I learned that the "pams" (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, etc.) were also anti-depressants.   
These are also known as benzodiazapines ("benzos") and they are classified as "anti-anxiety agents."

Anti-depressants are a total different catagory.  I think the SSRI's rock.  I started off on Zoloft but it did nothing except kill junior (if you catch my drift.)  

Then I went to Wellbutrin and shook like a leaf constantly from the first dose.

Then I switched to Prozac;  and felt the tension-lessening effect of it in a few days and have been on it since.  My coworkers can tell when I go off of it and have offered to buy it for me when I decided to stop it for a while last winter.

Every now and then I get really bizarre, vivid dreams and I'll stop it for a day and go back on it the following day.  Sometimes I think my blood level gets a bit too high so I have to lay off a few days.  But I've never had a problem sleeping with it except waking up a lot when i think I have too much in my system.  

Prozac bothers Junior (May I say "Junior"?) in a different way.  It makes it very difficult to cum which can be nice some times.  :)

But it beats being a royal assh*le.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #44 on: June 02, 2006, 02:21:26 AM »
Sorry for "leaving" instead of "letting" ( bad translation  :().

You win Joe. As I just mentioned I am quitting this thread.

Take care

Jacques
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #45 on: June 02, 2006, 02:24:49 AM »
Sorry for "leaving" instead of "letting" ( bad translation  :().

You win Joe. As I just mentioned I am quitting this thread.

Take care

Jacques


Jacques,

You know I think there is much sense in what you say, and I think it's cool that you were able to beat the black dog without pills. Exercise and being active are important in combatting depression, but the point some of us were making is that depression can be REALLY demotivating. In those cases, medicine is needed to sorta get one up and going. Then we can do the others things that help combat the condition.

Fondly,

MtD

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #46 on: June 02, 2006, 03:14:22 AM »
Zoloft here, I think everyone should be on a mood pill.  Seems to make everyone nicer and more tolerant.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #47 on: June 03, 2006, 01:11:19 AM »
Every day I learn something new!

I read this thread when it was first posted and felt I should stay away from this subject. I then pulled out my medical records (Filed under “Blood draws”) for the past 20 years. Which shows, dates and times that I went on or off of certain drugs. Most of the drugs I had no knowledge what I was taking. The doctor at the time would say take this, So I did.

I grew up during Rock& Roll era and the Beatles and then the sixties revolution into Disco. I was around during the LOVE generation. Somehow I never knew a dam thing about pot or getting high. [Must have been my Irish catholic up bringing.] I was 35 y/o when I first smoked pot. (Most of you were in diapers then) pot did nothing for me other than  put me to sleep, lost my hard -on and caused  my date to leave with some of my money and a ring. I also have never understood what the big deal was about pot. BORING! At least for me, I found it boring.

And  I’m a person that believes all drugs should be made legal. The reasoning for that is, if recreational drugs were made legal tomorrow, I doubt that I would or anyone else would be rushing out to buy drugs. As it is, the poor people of this world are paying the price and the politicians are looking the other way and getting richer. “Just saying:”

Back to what I was trying to get at. Two years ago I realized that the doctors at Kaiser, without my knowledge of what I was taking,  had me on three anti-depressants. I was a F**king zombie and I did not like how foggy my day’s were. (Again, I just don’t get what the big deal is about drugs)

Every drug mentioned above, at one time or other my doctors have prescribed for me.

I just had major surgery done a few weeks ago and I was prescribed  a painkiller. I stopped taking it the day after getting home.

I’m not being judgmental. Nor am I trying to sound better than anyone else. I envy those people that are able to express/share their emotions here with words like, “I love you” “I’m sorry” or people that are able to open up here in this forum and share their most private emotions. I just wasn't raised that way.

So when I didn't like the side effects of the anti-depressants. I just stopped taking them. Well talk about becoming a psychopath.

Blah, Blah, Blah.

MtD is a person that I have yet to meet. And I do hope to meet him some day. Awhile back when he was  going threw a difficult time, he shared his difficulties openly here in this forum to a point that I could actually understand and feel his pain. This may sound dumb, but I felt like an addict myself and understood where he was coming from.





{Jacques} Hang around here for awhile before checking out. Trust me. Things do get better.

Terry

PS. When my time comes and I leave this world, I’m doing a solo trip.


Terry

Offline CowboyPOZ

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #48 on: June 03, 2006, 01:37:41 AM »
I take Lexapro 20mg per day.
I am also on xanex light dose 2 times daily.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #49 on: June 03, 2006, 03:59:12 AM »
I'm supposed to be on Paxil, but am trying to fight it without the medication...life will be full of pills, I don't want that pink one involved too.
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