David: A Sanguine View of Antidepressant Drugs and the Mental Healthcare System


David has taken antidepressant drugs on and off over the last few years and talks about his experiences of the mental healthcare system, how he has been supported by his medications and how and why he went about stopping his drugs.

In this episode we discuss:

How David feels that it is important to be open minded about antidepressant medications

How David initially resisted help for depression partly because of the stigma of being labelled but also because of not wanting to be reliant on medications

How David feels that he has done well during antidepressant treatment

David’s records of his mood and his medications that show how many times he has withdrawn

How David has a general feeling that he does not want to rely on antidepressant medication for life

That David didn’t suffer major side effects, but did experience electric shock sensations when withdrawing

How David feels that people who are sensitive may be more prone to depression or anxiety and that medication can desensitise you

How David felt that his depression was a creeping thing rather than relating to a specific trauma.

How trying to stop cold turkey did cause David to have time off work

That David has tried mindfulness and meditation but found that yoga particularly was particularly helpful

How lots of exercise and being outdoors has also been of great help to David

That people shouldn’t feel that there is stigma around taking medication for their mental health

That people should be aware that there are really no plans to help get people off their psychiatric medications

How David would love some advice to be available when it comes to withdrawing from these medications

Relevant links

Depression: curse of the strong by Dr. Tim Cantopher

Park Run