Monday, May 10, 2021

Comments by Kathryn47

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  • Thankyou for the article. It is the first editorial I have found that makes a direct link between taking anti depressants and IBS. I stumbled upon the possibility that they were linked when I was sourcing threads from users about the withdrawal process of Efexor and realised that most of the symptoms being recounted were more severe versions of the symptoms that I have had off and on for a decade and a half and had associated with IBS. Interesting, No? I’ll have to check with family members, but I’m 90% sure that I commenced taking Efexor prior to the manifestation of the (allegedly) IBS symptoms. For a while there,, they were so severe that I really strugged to function properly. The only treatment to give me any real relief was Chinese acupuncture utilizing a mild electrical current. That period of several months was the worst of it and since then I have intermittently experienced mild bouts lasting generally no longer than 24 hours (as opposed to a week) and usually coinciding with the advent f my menstrual cycle – another interesting thing to note since, in your article, you also mention that serotonin is also involved in the regulation of the reproductive system.

    Circles within circles!

    Re. your article, I can understand and appreciate the validity of your conclusions with regard to the prescribing of anti depressants in situations where the depression is NOT SEVERE AND LONGSTANDING or where other options such as CBT, diet, exercise, lifestyle analysis etc have not been explored. HOWEVER, I also deem your conclusions to be extremely concerning in that they appear to be on the path of demonizing anti depressants wholesale rather than the obscene over-prescribing of them willy billy as a quick fix ‘happy pill’, rather than as a last resort.

    As someone either born with clinical depression (runs rampant in the family genes) or a vulnerability to it which was quickly triggered by an abusive parent (unsurprisingly the one with depression) who endured crippling anxiety and associated miserable depressive episodes for over 30 years before trying ADs, I can truly say that I tried everything else first. 17 years ago mental health had not yet become a fashionable oxymoron, and taking drugs was serious business.

    I still vividly remember the first time I woke up, stretched, smiled (the sun was streaming through my window) and very HAPPY just for being there. An unforgettable experience for someone who had until then had felt like every day was a battle just to exist and maintain a facade of normalcy, all the while waiting for the axe to fall and to be ‘found out’ for the abysmal example of humanity I really was. Nice, huh? It was like being in a constant state of Fight/Flight syndrome. Awful, exhausting and relentless.

    Anyway, life didn’t magically become a fairy tale but the drugs did give me a space to breathe, to be calm, to understand what was happening and to stop blaming myself.


    Now, I know they don’t work for everyone. For some people it takes many tries and different combinations of drugs and therapy etc. The fact that every sufferer is SO individual and each regime needs to be finely-tuned to each individual for maximum efficacy, makes anti depressants an easy target when they are mis-prescribed or not properly monitored by members of the medical profession. I was lucky because the first drug prescribed for me worked and, in tandem with my doctor (who was refreshingly honest about the fact that, REALLY, they didn’t know exactly why these drugs worked), got to a dosage which seemed optimum and away I strode into my future.

    It really is tediously, boringly predictable that anti depressants were going to go from being Humanity’s Saviour to the latest excuse for lazy doctors and their lazy patients to blame anyone but themselves for the fact that ADs are causing problems for those that never should have been taking them in the first place.

    A little aside after that rant. I have the greatest respect for most medical practitioners and, indeed, sympathize with the increasing pressure they are under to ‘production line’ patients and from patients to provide a ‘quick fix’ but these drugs are too strong to hand out like candy.

    It’s time for everyone to take some responsibility. We all know, after all, that anything worth having has to be worked hard for. What kind of world are we living in that our mental health is given such short shrift in the value stakes?

    Yes, for Goodness Sake let’s be more circumspect about WHEN we use these drugs but don’t make the mistake of making desperate people too afraid to take them when they may be the only thing that could alleviate their suffering.

    I’m not a ‘party of one’ either. There are many, many stories out there about people who have reclaimed their lives with the help of ADs, and no doubt many millions more who are out there quietly and calmly living meaningful lives who do not feel the need to advertise. And Yes, I know there are plenty of horror stories out there too. Often these individuals are the victims of ignorance, negligence or irresponsibility. Also, we all know that more than anyone, whingers like a forum. When I read comments such as “the dr gave me this drug and it’s made me feel all speedy and nauseous” I have to roll my eyes. Firstly, didn’t you read up about this “hardcore” drug first Doofus? And secondly, I still remember a time when feeling “speedy and nauseous” instead of anxious and depressed, would have been BLISS.

    Wow. Dem dere’s a lotta words. Thankyou and Goodnight.

    Kathryn 🙂