Thursday, July 18, 2019

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  • This is an intriguing theory. So much so that I am honestly irritated that this is the first time I have seen mention of it anywhere – and I have trawled through a lot of depression research in the past few years, in an attempt to understand my own situation.

    A brief background of my experience with antidepressants: I had my first episode of major depression when I was 18, and succumbed to my second at 21, despite having been on a constant dose of ‘maintenance’ meds in the intervening time. I expected it might last another 6 months, perhaps require treatment with a different class of antidepressant. I had no way of knowing what I was in for. Throughout the course of the next three years, I did trials of over a dozen medications in different doses and combinations. I submitted to this in a continuing downward spiral until my psychiatrist and I agreed that if anything was going to help me, more medication wasn’t it. It wasn’t until I ceased all of my psychiatric meds that I began to fight my way out of the terrible mess my mind was mired in.

    I am lucky that I had a doctor who was observant enough to recognize the harm that was being done, and to attribute it – correctly – to the medications I was taking. I recognize that not everyone can cease medication with their doctor’s support and approval – there is still a terrifying majority of medical professionals who wholeheartedly believe that an episode of depression can be successfully treated – and relapse successfully averted – with antidepressants.

    It’s been almost six years since I’ve been med-free, and I have yet to fully recover. I’m still not certain if the damage done is permanent. But I know that I will never willingly take another antidepressant again, and I am not shy about encouraging others to seek alternative options. This article gives me some tentative confidence that I have made the right decision, and that there is some hope for the future. Perhaps, if enough research is done, there will be a serious re-evaluation of how depression is currently treated.