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  1. I'm a 31 year old male who suffered two bouts of major depression. The first was more than ten years ago. I fully recovered from it with the help of citalopram which I stopped taking after two years of use; for years thereafter I was ok without antidepressants. The second depression hit me more than a year ago. Again I seem to have recovered from it, and recently stopped taking the SSRIs (first escitalopram, then fluoxetine). The reason why I prefer to be without SSRIs is because the side effects are very strong for me (worse than for other people it seems), and because I know that I can always go back to taking an SSRI if I get hit by major depression again in the future. My current psychiatrist (who I have visited about ten times) is not very supportive of me trying to go without SSRIs again. While I am willing to follow a doctor's advice, I find her argument very alarming. As the title suggests, she claims that if I don't continue to take SSRIs indefinitely then I will likely get depressed again but with an increased risk that SSRIs will no longer be an effective treatment. I have been unable to find any scientific research that supports her view. To the contrary, some reports suggest that long term use of SSRIs might trigger tachyphylaxis (though this too seems to be a controversial theory). What concerns me most is that this psychiatrist is trying to get patients with a history of depression to remain on antidepressants forever by playing on their fears, an easy tactic since people with a history of depression usually also have anxiety. Shouldn't patients who think they've recovered from major depression (and not bipolar) be supported in their endeavour to taper off of their medications? I am considering asking another doctor for a second opinion. What do you guys think?
  2. I hope you had a fantastic day :)

  3. Hey, I'm interested in the stories of people who have succesfully overcome depression, but it's a bit hard to find them here. I was wondering if my current state is normal when recovering from depression. I got a very heavy depression a year ago at the age of just 19, half a year later I started using citalopram. This worked tremendously well, especially when I highered the dose later on. However, I wouldn't say that I am the old self yet. I used to be very happy and alive and was very much in control of myself. I think I'm experiencing side-effects as I am sleepy a lot, have concentration problems I never had before, bad memory, a weird hungry feeling and odd dreams. I generally feel good, but I can't feel very happy and I'm often still a little down. My doctors say I have to do more stuff to get out of my depression, and that maybe I can expect to fully become the old person again later on, once I gradually stop using antidepressants. My doctors ask me if there's still need for me to visit them. I tell them yes, because I'm not fully satisfied yet. So far work and going out and stuff haven't changed much, but I'll keep doing these things. I'm wondering if the stage I'm currently in is normal when recovering from depression, and how can I beat it? Hugs to everyone
  4. hehe i didnt mean it like that im just worried that its not going to change at all, that i have reached whatever i can get out of the meds. isnt that possible?
  5. Hey people, I'm on citalopram for 6 days now, and i felt the sad feeling disappearing after only a couple of days. I don't exactly know how everything changed since I was just recovering from the flu at that time. Anyway I'm experiencing some side effects. My minds is very relaxed, too relaxed actually, I hardly think and I can't concentrate. My libido decreased too, but what bothers me most is that i am really tired all the time. I just feel like sleeping constantly. My question is, can I expect this to end soon, since Im only on it for 6 days now?
  6. This guy seems to be bothered most that the medecine might change his metabolism forever. But isn't it logical that if you were to stop taking the meds the metabolism will turn back to normal? I'm asking.
  7. Right now 85% (excluding those still waiting) have said that it worked for them. That matches the percentage I read about.
  8. Hey, I'm 19 years old and I have a depression for about 6 months now. I'm really scared that things aren't ever going to go back to normal, because before it hit I felt really good and now I just feel sad for no reason and don't feel like doing anything. I've started to speak with a psychologist and I guess at some point I'll be put on medication, but I fear this won't do much good. In the meantime the doc said I should try to pick up my life, but I experience that with this condition it seems practically impossible. thanks for your time
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