Have you ever even taken antidepressants, or a large dosage of them?
Yes, I have taken them for 22 years. I have taken trilafon and other tricyclics, Prozac, Zoloft, buproprion, Effexor, and lithium. I've also taken minor tranquilizers to relieve the horrible mental pain of depression.
You become dull, and can't do much.
Whoa, baby!! My entire career from my first good job (at NASA, editing space shuttle manuals--not as technical as it sounds) to my present dot-bomb unemployment has been done while taking antidepressants. I always have too many projects going. The present major one is buying a house and moving and finding a job (!).
(Watch A Beautiful Mind for a perfect example)
You must absolutely ignore any depiction of mental illness or psychiatry that you see in a TV show or in a movie. They are wildly, horribly wrong 99% of the time.
Antidepressants stop the thought process...
Look up texchanchan+slashdot on google and see if you think I have a thought process that works.
it might work for some people; unfortunately I don't know any.
You do now! :)
Antidepressants DO ---- with your head
To be more accurate: Antidepressants CAN ---- with your head, if you are taking one or more that aren't right for you. Sometimes you have to try several (sequentially) to find the one that works for you. You would need to work with a specialist for this. Your GP probably doesn't know enough about the different types.
Depression is a physical illness. I know this personally because, thanks to various factors, I don't get the low mood much any more when I have an episode of depression. But I still experience severe discomfort until the higher levels of antidepressants kick in.
I personally, would much rather live a short, eventful life where I had feeling, had thoughts, and had to deal with the occasional extreme depression, than live a long, dead live with I'm drugged up all the time
And so would any sensible person--BUT--even better is a long, LIVE life where you have feelings and thoughts. And that's what I'm doing now.
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