Antidepressants are not "Happy Pills" nor are they the panacea for your depression for what is wrong with you.
Posted 16 September 2006 - 11:03 PM
A. Antidepressants are not "Happy Pills" nor are they the panacea for your depression.
There is no street-market for antidepressants; unlike "speed" which will improve the mood of almost everybody, antidepressants only improve the mood of depressed people. Also unlike the almost instant effects of speed, the mood-improving effects of antidepressants develop slowly over a number of weeks. "Speed" induces a highly artificial state, antidepressants cause the brain to slowly increase its production of naturally occurring neurotransmitters.
Q. "What percentage of depressed people will respond to antidepressants"?
A. Generally, about 2/3 of depressed people will respond to any given antidepressant. People who do not respond to the first antidepressant they have taken, have an excellent chance of responding to another.
Q. "What does it feel like to respond to an antidepressant? Will I feel euphoric if my depression responds to an antidepressant"?
A. The most common description of the effects of antidepressants is that of feeling the depression gradually lift, and for the person to feel normal again. People who have responded to antidepressants are not euphoric. They are not unfeeling automatons. The are still able to feel sad when bad things happen, and they are able to feel very happy in response to happy events. The sadness they feel with disappointments is not depression, but is the sadness anyone feels when disappointed or when having experienced a loss. Antidepressants do not bring about happiness, they just relieve depression. Happiness is not something that can be had from a pill.
In the United States, Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications affect the levels of serotonin in the brain. For many people, these medications are the first choice to treat depression. Examples of these medications are fluoxetine (Prozac
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