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    SquareOne got a reaction from BeyondWeary in 3 months of brain zaps?   
    I took 10mg of sertraline for a month, then decided to go off.  Then took 5mg once every 3 days for a month before going off completely. That was 3 months ago, will this ever stop?
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    SquareOne got a reaction from LonelyHiker in Success! I quit Effexor Xr cold turkey!   
    Why is it so popular to cold turkey this drug?  Why would you do that to yourself if you don't have toi?
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    SquareOne got a reaction from ladysmurf in Trazadone   
    I have serious issues with fatigue and trazadone seemed to help me quite a bit, but i keep having to take more.  250mg is not working so I'm thinking 300mg might be enough.  But my doctor (family practice) says 200mg is the max dose, which seems low.  There are plenty of people taking 400 out there.  Thoughts? 
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    SquareOne got a reaction from Floor2017 in Tried Zoloft and Trazadone now what?   
    Zoloft was a pretty good med except I just had no desire to do anything. I just wanted to sleep all day even though I wasn't even that tired.  Trazadone was a wonder-drug until it stopped working after only a couple of months, wow the things I could accomplish in my life if I just had that kind of energy on a regular basis.  It all faded away and now it's like I'm on nothing at all. 
    So before I try something else, since I've tried a SSRI and whatever Trazadone can be considered, does that mean SSRI's are not right for me?  Isn't a different SSRI's going to be essentially the same? 
    Fatigue is what I'm trying to fix, sometime I hardly have enough energy to speak.  
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    SquareOne got a reaction from MusicLover2 in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    I haven't posted here in almost a year. I started taking Zoloft one year ago and my life is completely different. Every single apsect of my life is better. I wanted to share this with you here because for years and years I came to this forum and was often overwhelmed by so many stories about people suffering from this horrible, horrible disease. I never wanted to belive drugs could work for anyone, so even when I did try one for a few weeks, the side-effects would be too much and I'd give up.
    Last year I went through one of those "once in a lifetime breakups" that nearly ended my life. It was through this I discovered my depression was as severe as it can get without needing hospitilization, and this is when I decided I needed to stop taking trazadone (which did hardly anything for me) and get on a stronger, more effective antidepressant. If only I knew then what I know now...
    1) Don't believe ANY placebo antidepressant studies that claim they are ineffective. Most people in those studies are not clinically depressed and therefore it will have no effect. In my opinion, unless you have actually planned or visualized commiting suicide, you are probably not depressed enough to need medication. Life can be brutal, but just because you are feeling depressed doesn't mean you have a chemical imbalance, which is the only circumstances for a person needing an anti-depressant. They are massivly over-prescribed to patients that have sufficiently functioning brain activity.
    2) The internet is the world's greatest resource for complaining and negativity. There are many people doing very well that come here to help, but the vast majority are not doing so well. This gives the impression to onlookers that everyone with depression feels this way and there is no hope for any of us.
    3) These medications are only to get the chemicals flowing, it's up to you find what makes your brain stay healthy and get the most out of the meds you are taking. For me it's 60% meds and 40% staying hydrated, taking B-complex, Omega 3, staying active and having goals. None of what I have achieved would be possible without Zoloft, but 60% won't get anyone very far, you have to work for the rest.
    4) Find a med that works well enough and get on with it. There is no perfect drug and you will always get depressed from time to time. It's vital to remember how bad things were in the past, and how much better they are on the right meds. Always tell yourself how much worse things could be and count your blessings daily.
    5) Fight through the side-effects. If I wasn't so desperate for help during my break-up I never would have stayed on it, plain and simple. They were aweful and came at the worst possible time in my life but I stuck it out because I didn't want to feel like I was feeling EVER again.
    I posted this because I told myself if I ever did get better, I would want others to read about how I got to where I am, rather than just stop posting here and go about living a normal healthy life. This is only written from my perspective and I have no intentions of stepping on any toes or offending anyone, I just wanted what I have experienced and learned this past year to be known to my fellow sufferers of depression.
    Be well,
    Ryan
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    SquareOne got a reaction from darkdaxter in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    I haven't posted here in almost a year. I started taking Zoloft one year ago and my life is completely different. Every single apsect of my life is better. I wanted to share this with you here because for years and years I came to this forum and was often overwhelmed by so many stories about people suffering from this horrible, horrible disease. I never wanted to belive drugs could work for anyone, so even when I did try one for a few weeks, the side-effects would be too much and I'd give up.
    Last year I went through one of those "once in a lifetime breakups" that nearly ended my life. It was through this I discovered my depression was as severe as it can get without needing hospitilization, and this is when I decided I needed to stop taking trazadone (which did hardly anything for me) and get on a stronger, more effective antidepressant. If only I knew then what I know now...
    1) Don't believe ANY placebo antidepressant studies that claim they are ineffective. Most people in those studies are not clinically depressed and therefore it will have no effect. In my opinion, unless you have actually planned or visualized commiting suicide, you are probably not depressed enough to need medication. Life can be brutal, but just because you are feeling depressed doesn't mean you have a chemical imbalance, which is the only circumstances for a person needing an anti-depressant. They are massivly over-prescribed to patients that have sufficiently functioning brain activity.
    2) The internet is the world's greatest resource for complaining and negativity. There are many people doing very well that come here to help, but the vast majority are not doing so well. This gives the impression to onlookers that everyone with depression feels this way and there is no hope for any of us.
    3) These medications are only to get the chemicals flowing, it's up to you find what makes your brain stay healthy and get the most out of the meds you are taking. For me it's 60% meds and 40% staying hydrated, taking B-complex, Omega 3, staying active and having goals. None of what I have achieved would be possible without Zoloft, but 60% won't get anyone very far, you have to work for the rest.
    4) Find a med that works well enough and get on with it. There is no perfect drug and you will always get depressed from time to time. It's vital to remember how bad things were in the past, and how much better they are on the right meds. Always tell yourself how much worse things could be and count your blessings daily.
    5) Fight through the side-effects. If I wasn't so desperate for help during my break-up I never would have stayed on it, plain and simple. They were aweful and came at the worst possible time in my life but I stuck it out because I didn't want to feel like I was feeling EVER again.
    I posted this because I told myself if I ever did get better, I would want others to read about how I got to where I am, rather than just stop posting here and go about living a normal healthy life. This is only written from my perspective and I have no intentions of stepping on any toes or offending anyone, I just wanted what I have experienced and learned this past year to be known to my fellow sufferers of depression.
    Be well,
    Ryan
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    SquareOne got a reaction from taney in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    I haven't posted here in almost a year. I started taking Zoloft one year ago and my life is completely different. Every single apsect of my life is better. I wanted to share this with you here because for years and years I came to this forum and was often overwhelmed by so many stories about people suffering from this horrible, horrible disease. I never wanted to belive drugs could work for anyone, so even when I did try one for a few weeks, the side-effects would be too much and I'd give up.
    Last year I went through one of those "once in a lifetime breakups" that nearly ended my life. It was through this I discovered my depression was as severe as it can get without needing hospitilization, and this is when I decided I needed to stop taking trazadone (which did hardly anything for me) and get on a stronger, more effective antidepressant. If only I knew then what I know now...
    1) Don't believe ANY placebo antidepressant studies that claim they are ineffective. Most people in those studies are not clinically depressed and therefore it will have no effect. In my opinion, unless you have actually planned or visualized commiting suicide, you are probably not depressed enough to need medication. Life can be brutal, but just because you are feeling depressed doesn't mean you have a chemical imbalance, which is the only circumstances for a person needing an anti-depressant. They are massivly over-prescribed to patients that have sufficiently functioning brain activity.
    2) The internet is the world's greatest resource for complaining and negativity. There are many people doing very well that come here to help, but the vast majority are not doing so well. This gives the impression to onlookers that everyone with depression feels this way and there is no hope for any of us.
    3) These medications are only to get the chemicals flowing, it's up to you find what makes your brain stay healthy and get the most out of the meds you are taking. For me it's 60% meds and 40% staying hydrated, taking B-complex, Omega 3, staying active and having goals. None of what I have achieved would be possible without Zoloft, but 60% won't get anyone very far, you have to work for the rest.
    4) Find a med that works well enough and get on with it. There is no perfect drug and you will always get depressed from time to time. It's vital to remember how bad things were in the past, and how much better they are on the right meds. Always tell yourself how much worse things could be and count your blessings daily.
    5) Fight through the side-effects. If I wasn't so desperate for help during my break-up I never would have stayed on it, plain and simple. They were aweful and came at the worst possible time in my life but I stuck it out because I didn't want to feel like I was feeling EVER again.
    I posted this because I told myself if I ever did get better, I would want others to read about how I got to where I am, rather than just stop posting here and go about living a normal healthy life. This is only written from my perspective and I have no intentions of stepping on any toes or offending anyone, I just wanted what I have experienced and learned this past year to be known to my fellow sufferers of depression.
    Be well,
    Ryan
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    SquareOne got a reaction from Cupcake_girl in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    I haven't posted here in almost a year. I started taking Zoloft one year ago and my life is completely different. Every single apsect of my life is better. I wanted to share this with you here because for years and years I came to this forum and was often overwhelmed by so many stories about people suffering from this horrible, horrible disease. I never wanted to belive drugs could work for anyone, so even when I did try one for a few weeks, the side-effects would be too much and I'd give up.
    Last year I went through one of those "once in a lifetime breakups" that nearly ended my life. It was through this I discovered my depression was as severe as it can get without needing hospitilization, and this is when I decided I needed to stop taking trazadone (which did hardly anything for me) and get on a stronger, more effective antidepressant. If only I knew then what I know now...
    1) Don't believe ANY placebo antidepressant studies that claim they are ineffective. Most people in those studies are not clinically depressed and therefore it will have no effect. In my opinion, unless you have actually planned or visualized commiting suicide, you are probably not depressed enough to need medication. Life can be brutal, but just because you are feeling depressed doesn't mean you have a chemical imbalance, which is the only circumstances for a person needing an anti-depressant. They are massivly over-prescribed to patients that have sufficiently functioning brain activity.
    2) The internet is the world's greatest resource for complaining and negativity. There are many people doing very well that come here to help, but the vast majority are not doing so well. This gives the impression to onlookers that everyone with depression feels this way and there is no hope for any of us.
    3) These medications are only to get the chemicals flowing, it's up to you find what makes your brain stay healthy and get the most out of the meds you are taking. For me it's 60% meds and 40% staying hydrated, taking B-complex, Omega 3, staying active and having goals. None of what I have achieved would be possible without Zoloft, but 60% won't get anyone very far, you have to work for the rest.
    4) Find a med that works well enough and get on with it. There is no perfect drug and you will always get depressed from time to time. It's vital to remember how bad things were in the past, and how much better they are on the right meds. Always tell yourself how much worse things could be and count your blessings daily.
    5) Fight through the side-effects. If I wasn't so desperate for help during my break-up I never would have stayed on it, plain and simple. They were aweful and came at the worst possible time in my life but I stuck it out because I didn't want to feel like I was feeling EVER again.
    I posted this because I told myself if I ever did get better, I would want others to read about how I got to where I am, rather than just stop posting here and go about living a normal healthy life. This is only written from my perspective and I have no intentions of stepping on any toes or offending anyone, I just wanted what I have experienced and learned this past year to be known to my fellow sufferers of depression.
    Be well,
    Ryan
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    SquareOne got a reaction from Lilysparkles in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    Sly, I would never want to tell another person how to live their life, but I would encourage you to look into what all that sugar is doing to your brain chemistry. I'd bet you a weeks worth of my zoloft it's a HUGE contributor to how you feel. Speaking of vitamins, B6 is not only an extremely important precursor to serotonin, but it's needed to process white sugar and flour. The typical american diet depletes your B6, so you are left with scarce amounts to produce serotonin. I feel every single person here should be on high doses because the reason your urine is bright yellow after you take a vitamin is that they are so hard to absorb, not because they are a waste of money. Just taking the recommended daily allowance will pass right throught your system. You have to flood your bloodstream (this is safe because B-vitamins are water soluble and we all drink lots of water, right ;) so your body has time to scavange what it can.
    Slostang, the simple life is only what works for me. I'm very tolerant of living alone and this works well for me because there are many things I am passionate about to keep my mind busy, traveling on my motorcycle for example is a huge source of joy for me and has done wonders for my life. Most others need a companion in their life (which is actually more natural), but I've found it to create more stress in my life than it worth but that's just me :)
    As for meds that work well enough, don't settle...but you can't expect it to move mountains either.
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    SquareOne got a reaction from Just Adam in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    I haven't posted here in almost a year. I started taking Zoloft one year ago and my life is completely different. Every single apsect of my life is better. I wanted to share this with you here because for years and years I came to this forum and was often overwhelmed by so many stories about people suffering from this horrible, horrible disease. I never wanted to belive drugs could work for anyone, so even when I did try one for a few weeks, the side-effects would be too much and I'd give up.
    Last year I went through one of those "once in a lifetime breakups" that nearly ended my life. It was through this I discovered my depression was as severe as it can get without needing hospitilization, and this is when I decided I needed to stop taking trazadone (which did hardly anything for me) and get on a stronger, more effective antidepressant. If only I knew then what I know now...
    1) Don't believe ANY placebo antidepressant studies that claim they are ineffective. Most people in those studies are not clinically depressed and therefore it will have no effect. In my opinion, unless you have actually planned or visualized commiting suicide, you are probably not depressed enough to need medication. Life can be brutal, but just because you are feeling depressed doesn't mean you have a chemical imbalance, which is the only circumstances for a person needing an anti-depressant. They are massivly over-prescribed to patients that have sufficiently functioning brain activity.
    2) The internet is the world's greatest resource for complaining and negativity. There are many people doing very well that come here to help, but the vast majority are not doing so well. This gives the impression to onlookers that everyone with depression feels this way and there is no hope for any of us.
    3) These medications are only to get the chemicals flowing, it's up to you find what makes your brain stay healthy and get the most out of the meds you are taking. For me it's 60% meds and 40% staying hydrated, taking B-complex, Omega 3, staying active and having goals. None of what I have achieved would be possible without Zoloft, but 60% won't get anyone very far, you have to work for the rest.
    4) Find a med that works well enough and get on with it. There is no perfect drug and you will always get depressed from time to time. It's vital to remember how bad things were in the past, and how much better they are on the right meds. Always tell yourself how much worse things could be and count your blessings daily.
    5) Fight through the side-effects. If I wasn't so desperate for help during my break-up I never would have stayed on it, plain and simple. They were aweful and came at the worst possible time in my life but I stuck it out because I didn't want to feel like I was feeling EVER again.
    I posted this because I told myself if I ever did get better, I would want others to read about how I got to where I am, rather than just stop posting here and go about living a normal healthy life. This is only written from my perspective and I have no intentions of stepping on any toes or offending anyone, I just wanted what I have experienced and learned this past year to be known to my fellow sufferers of depression.
    Be well,
    Ryan
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    SquareOne got a reaction from SloStang in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    I haven't posted here in almost a year. I started taking Zoloft one year ago and my life is completely different. Every single apsect of my life is better. I wanted to share this with you here because for years and years I came to this forum and was often overwhelmed by so many stories about people suffering from this horrible, horrible disease. I never wanted to belive drugs could work for anyone, so even when I did try one for a few weeks, the side-effects would be too much and I'd give up.
    Last year I went through one of those "once in a lifetime breakups" that nearly ended my life. It was through this I discovered my depression was as severe as it can get without needing hospitilization, and this is when I decided I needed to stop taking trazadone (which did hardly anything for me) and get on a stronger, more effective antidepressant. If only I knew then what I know now...
    1) Don't believe ANY placebo antidepressant studies that claim they are ineffective. Most people in those studies are not clinically depressed and therefore it will have no effect. In my opinion, unless you have actually planned or visualized commiting suicide, you are probably not depressed enough to need medication. Life can be brutal, but just because you are feeling depressed doesn't mean you have a chemical imbalance, which is the only circumstances for a person needing an anti-depressant. They are massivly over-prescribed to patients that have sufficiently functioning brain activity.
    2) The internet is the world's greatest resource for complaining and negativity. There are many people doing very well that come here to help, but the vast majority are not doing so well. This gives the impression to onlookers that everyone with depression feels this way and there is no hope for any of us.
    3) These medications are only to get the chemicals flowing, it's up to you find what makes your brain stay healthy and get the most out of the meds you are taking. For me it's 60% meds and 40% staying hydrated, taking B-complex, Omega 3, staying active and having goals. None of what I have achieved would be possible without Zoloft, but 60% won't get anyone very far, you have to work for the rest.
    4) Find a med that works well enough and get on with it. There is no perfect drug and you will always get depressed from time to time. It's vital to remember how bad things were in the past, and how much better they are on the right meds. Always tell yourself how much worse things could be and count your blessings daily.
    5) Fight through the side-effects. If I wasn't so desperate for help during my break-up I never would have stayed on it, plain and simple. They were aweful and came at the worst possible time in my life but I stuck it out because I didn't want to feel like I was feeling EVER again.
    I posted this because I told myself if I ever did get better, I would want others to read about how I got to where I am, rather than just stop posting here and go about living a normal healthy life. This is only written from my perspective and I have no intentions of stepping on any toes or offending anyone, I just wanted what I have experienced and learned this past year to be known to my fellow sufferers of depression.
    Be well,
    Ryan
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    SquareOne got a reaction from ellemint in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    I haven't posted here in almost a year. I started taking Zoloft one year ago and my life is completely different. Every single apsect of my life is better. I wanted to share this with you here because for years and years I came to this forum and was often overwhelmed by so many stories about people suffering from this horrible, horrible disease. I never wanted to belive drugs could work for anyone, so even when I did try one for a few weeks, the side-effects would be too much and I'd give up.
    Last year I went through one of those "once in a lifetime breakups" that nearly ended my life. It was through this I discovered my depression was as severe as it can get without needing hospitilization, and this is when I decided I needed to stop taking trazadone (which did hardly anything for me) and get on a stronger, more effective antidepressant. If only I knew then what I know now...
    1) Don't believe ANY placebo antidepressant studies that claim they are ineffective. Most people in those studies are not clinically depressed and therefore it will have no effect. In my opinion, unless you have actually planned or visualized commiting suicide, you are probably not depressed enough to need medication. Life can be brutal, but just because you are feeling depressed doesn't mean you have a chemical imbalance, which is the only circumstances for a person needing an anti-depressant. They are massivly over-prescribed to patients that have sufficiently functioning brain activity.
    2) The internet is the world's greatest resource for complaining and negativity. There are many people doing very well that come here to help, but the vast majority are not doing so well. This gives the impression to onlookers that everyone with depression feels this way and there is no hope for any of us.
    3) These medications are only to get the chemicals flowing, it's up to you find what makes your brain stay healthy and get the most out of the meds you are taking. For me it's 60% meds and 40% staying hydrated, taking B-complex, Omega 3, staying active and having goals. None of what I have achieved would be possible without Zoloft, but 60% won't get anyone very far, you have to work for the rest.
    4) Find a med that works well enough and get on with it. There is no perfect drug and you will always get depressed from time to time. It's vital to remember how bad things were in the past, and how much better they are on the right meds. Always tell yourself how much worse things could be and count your blessings daily.
    5) Fight through the side-effects. If I wasn't so desperate for help during my break-up I never would have stayed on it, plain and simple. They were aweful and came at the worst possible time in my life but I stuck it out because I didn't want to feel like I was feeling EVER again.
    I posted this because I told myself if I ever did get better, I would want others to read about how I got to where I am, rather than just stop posting here and go about living a normal healthy life. This is only written from my perspective and I have no intentions of stepping on any toes or offending anyone, I just wanted what I have experienced and learned this past year to be known to my fellow sufferers of depression.
    Be well,
    Ryan
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    SquareOne got a reaction from yesican in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    Hello everyone, the hydration thing for me is huge. Think about it, nearly every function and chemical reaction is regulated by the presence of H20 in your brain. It's VITAL for those of us lacking neurotransmitters.
    The simply life is highly underrated, especially for those of us that have felt the need to seek out this forum. My life lacks a lot of variety, social interaction and personal relationships but I've found this is what's best for me to survive this life, which is why we're all here, am I wrong?
    Sammi, I think it's wonderful that you want to have kids so you should see your doctor about the questions you have concerning getting pregnant while taking antidepressants. That being said, would you believe my ex broke up with me because I didn't want to have kids? My instincts deep inside told me that if I did have kids, my life would become so complicated the depression would be the end of me. How ironic I'm only on Zoloft because she broke up with me but even now I'm still the same person and feel it's best not to become a father.
    Anyway, about the side effects I think everything that can be said has been said on this site. For me it was a matter of reaching a point where I realized my life wasn't worth living unless something changed, so I never looked back. When I think about it, that's extremely unusual for me. It's like anything else in life, if you want it bad enough, you'll get it.
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    SquareOne got a reaction from Brokenme in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    I haven't posted here in almost a year. I started taking Zoloft one year ago and my life is completely different. Every single apsect of my life is better. I wanted to share this with you here because for years and years I came to this forum and was often overwhelmed by so many stories about people suffering from this horrible, horrible disease. I never wanted to belive drugs could work for anyone, so even when I did try one for a few weeks, the side-effects would be too much and I'd give up.
    Last year I went through one of those "once in a lifetime breakups" that nearly ended my life. It was through this I discovered my depression was as severe as it can get without needing hospitilization, and this is when I decided I needed to stop taking trazadone (which did hardly anything for me) and get on a stronger, more effective antidepressant. If only I knew then what I know now...
    1) Don't believe ANY placebo antidepressant studies that claim they are ineffective. Most people in those studies are not clinically depressed and therefore it will have no effect. In my opinion, unless you have actually planned or visualized commiting suicide, you are probably not depressed enough to need medication. Life can be brutal, but just because you are feeling depressed doesn't mean you have a chemical imbalance, which is the only circumstances for a person needing an anti-depressant. They are massivly over-prescribed to patients that have sufficiently functioning brain activity.
    2) The internet is the world's greatest resource for complaining and negativity. There are many people doing very well that come here to help, but the vast majority are not doing so well. This gives the impression to onlookers that everyone with depression feels this way and there is no hope for any of us.
    3) These medications are only to get the chemicals flowing, it's up to you find what makes your brain stay healthy and get the most out of the meds you are taking. For me it's 60% meds and 40% staying hydrated, taking B-complex, Omega 3, staying active and having goals. None of what I have achieved would be possible without Zoloft, but 60% won't get anyone very far, you have to work for the rest.
    4) Find a med that works well enough and get on with it. There is no perfect drug and you will always get depressed from time to time. It's vital to remember how bad things were in the past, and how much better they are on the right meds. Always tell yourself how much worse things could be and count your blessings daily.
    5) Fight through the side-effects. If I wasn't so desperate for help during my break-up I never would have stayed on it, plain and simple. They were aweful and came at the worst possible time in my life but I stuck it out because I didn't want to feel like I was feeling EVER again.
    I posted this because I told myself if I ever did get better, I would want others to read about how I got to where I am, rather than just stop posting here and go about living a normal healthy life. This is only written from my perspective and I have no intentions of stepping on any toes or offending anyone, I just wanted what I have experienced and learned this past year to be known to my fellow sufferers of depression.
    Be well,
    Ryan
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    SquareOne got a reaction from LibraryLady in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    I haven't posted here in almost a year. I started taking Zoloft one year ago and my life is completely different. Every single apsect of my life is better. I wanted to share this with you here because for years and years I came to this forum and was often overwhelmed by so many stories about people suffering from this horrible, horrible disease. I never wanted to belive drugs could work for anyone, so even when I did try one for a few weeks, the side-effects would be too much and I'd give up.
    Last year I went through one of those "once in a lifetime breakups" that nearly ended my life. It was through this I discovered my depression was as severe as it can get without needing hospitilization, and this is when I decided I needed to stop taking trazadone (which did hardly anything for me) and get on a stronger, more effective antidepressant. If only I knew then what I know now...
    1) Don't believe ANY placebo antidepressant studies that claim they are ineffective. Most people in those studies are not clinically depressed and therefore it will have no effect. In my opinion, unless you have actually planned or visualized commiting suicide, you are probably not depressed enough to need medication. Life can be brutal, but just because you are feeling depressed doesn't mean you have a chemical imbalance, which is the only circumstances for a person needing an anti-depressant. They are massivly over-prescribed to patients that have sufficiently functioning brain activity.
    2) The internet is the world's greatest resource for complaining and negativity. There are many people doing very well that come here to help, but the vast majority are not doing so well. This gives the impression to onlookers that everyone with depression feels this way and there is no hope for any of us.
    3) These medications are only to get the chemicals flowing, it's up to you find what makes your brain stay healthy and get the most out of the meds you are taking. For me it's 60% meds and 40% staying hydrated, taking B-complex, Omega 3, staying active and having goals. None of what I have achieved would be possible without Zoloft, but 60% won't get anyone very far, you have to work for the rest.
    4) Find a med that works well enough and get on with it. There is no perfect drug and you will always get depressed from time to time. It's vital to remember how bad things were in the past, and how much better they are on the right meds. Always tell yourself how much worse things could be and count your blessings daily.
    5) Fight through the side-effects. If I wasn't so desperate for help during my break-up I never would have stayed on it, plain and simple. They were aweful and came at the worst possible time in my life but I stuck it out because I didn't want to feel like I was feeling EVER again.
    I posted this because I told myself if I ever did get better, I would want others to read about how I got to where I am, rather than just stop posting here and go about living a normal healthy life. This is only written from my perspective and I have no intentions of stepping on any toes or offending anyone, I just wanted what I have experienced and learned this past year to be known to my fellow sufferers of depression.
    Be well,
    Ryan
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    SquareOne got a reaction from Lilysparkles in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    I haven't posted here in almost a year. I started taking Zoloft one year ago and my life is completely different. Every single apsect of my life is better. I wanted to share this with you here because for years and years I came to this forum and was often overwhelmed by so many stories about people suffering from this horrible, horrible disease. I never wanted to belive drugs could work for anyone, so even when I did try one for a few weeks, the side-effects would be too much and I'd give up.
    Last year I went through one of those "once in a lifetime breakups" that nearly ended my life. It was through this I discovered my depression was as severe as it can get without needing hospitilization, and this is when I decided I needed to stop taking trazadone (which did hardly anything for me) and get on a stronger, more effective antidepressant. If only I knew then what I know now...
    1) Don't believe ANY placebo antidepressant studies that claim they are ineffective. Most people in those studies are not clinically depressed and therefore it will have no effect. In my opinion, unless you have actually planned or visualized commiting suicide, you are probably not depressed enough to need medication. Life can be brutal, but just because you are feeling depressed doesn't mean you have a chemical imbalance, which is the only circumstances for a person needing an anti-depressant. They are massivly over-prescribed to patients that have sufficiently functioning brain activity.
    2) The internet is the world's greatest resource for complaining and negativity. There are many people doing very well that come here to help, but the vast majority are not doing so well. This gives the impression to onlookers that everyone with depression feels this way and there is no hope for any of us.
    3) These medications are only to get the chemicals flowing, it's up to you find what makes your brain stay healthy and get the most out of the meds you are taking. For me it's 60% meds and 40% staying hydrated, taking B-complex, Omega 3, staying active and having goals. None of what I have achieved would be possible without Zoloft, but 60% won't get anyone very far, you have to work for the rest.
    4) Find a med that works well enough and get on with it. There is no perfect drug and you will always get depressed from time to time. It's vital to remember how bad things were in the past, and how much better they are on the right meds. Always tell yourself how much worse things could be and count your blessings daily.
    5) Fight through the side-effects. If I wasn't so desperate for help during my break-up I never would have stayed on it, plain and simple. They were aweful and came at the worst possible time in my life but I stuck it out because I didn't want to feel like I was feeling EVER again.
    I posted this because I told myself if I ever did get better, I would want others to read about how I got to where I am, rather than just stop posting here and go about living a normal healthy life. This is only written from my perspective and I have no intentions of stepping on any toes or offending anyone, I just wanted what I have experienced and learned this past year to be known to my fellow sufferers of depression.
    Be well,
    Ryan
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    SquareOne got a reaction from Trace in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    I haven't posted here in almost a year. I started taking Zoloft one year ago and my life is completely different. Every single apsect of my life is better. I wanted to share this with you here because for years and years I came to this forum and was often overwhelmed by so many stories about people suffering from this horrible, horrible disease. I never wanted to belive drugs could work for anyone, so even when I did try one for a few weeks, the side-effects would be too much and I'd give up.
    Last year I went through one of those "once in a lifetime breakups" that nearly ended my life. It was through this I discovered my depression was as severe as it can get without needing hospitilization, and this is when I decided I needed to stop taking trazadone (which did hardly anything for me) and get on a stronger, more effective antidepressant. If only I knew then what I know now...
    1) Don't believe ANY placebo antidepressant studies that claim they are ineffective. Most people in those studies are not clinically depressed and therefore it will have no effect. In my opinion, unless you have actually planned or visualized commiting suicide, you are probably not depressed enough to need medication. Life can be brutal, but just because you are feeling depressed doesn't mean you have a chemical imbalance, which is the only circumstances for a person needing an anti-depressant. They are massivly over-prescribed to patients that have sufficiently functioning brain activity.
    2) The internet is the world's greatest resource for complaining and negativity. There are many people doing very well that come here to help, but the vast majority are not doing so well. This gives the impression to onlookers that everyone with depression feels this way and there is no hope for any of us.
    3) These medications are only to get the chemicals flowing, it's up to you find what makes your brain stay healthy and get the most out of the meds you are taking. For me it's 60% meds and 40% staying hydrated, taking B-complex, Omega 3, staying active and having goals. None of what I have achieved would be possible without Zoloft, but 60% won't get anyone very far, you have to work for the rest.
    4) Find a med that works well enough and get on with it. There is no perfect drug and you will always get depressed from time to time. It's vital to remember how bad things were in the past, and how much better they are on the right meds. Always tell yourself how much worse things could be and count your blessings daily.
    5) Fight through the side-effects. If I wasn't so desperate for help during my break-up I never would have stayed on it, plain and simple. They were aweful and came at the worst possible time in my life but I stuck it out because I didn't want to feel like I was feeling EVER again.
    I posted this because I told myself if I ever did get better, I would want others to read about how I got to where I am, rather than just stop posting here and go about living a normal healthy life. This is only written from my perspective and I have no intentions of stepping on any toes or offending anyone, I just wanted what I have experienced and learned this past year to be known to my fellow sufferers of depression.
    Be well,
    Ryan
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    SquareOne got a reaction from Woman32 in My Wish Is That Everyone Here Will Read This   
    I haven't posted here in almost a year. I started taking Zoloft one year ago and my life is completely different. Every single apsect of my life is better. I wanted to share this with you here because for years and years I came to this forum and was often overwhelmed by so many stories about people suffering from this horrible, horrible disease. I never wanted to belive drugs could work for anyone, so even when I did try one for a few weeks, the side-effects would be too much and I'd give up.
    Last year I went through one of those "once in a lifetime breakups" that nearly ended my life. It was through this I discovered my depression was as severe as it can get without needing hospitilization, and this is when I decided I needed to stop taking trazadone (which did hardly anything for me) and get on a stronger, more effective antidepressant. If only I knew then what I know now...
    1) Don't believe ANY placebo antidepressant studies that claim they are ineffective. Most people in those studies are not clinically depressed and therefore it will have no effect. In my opinion, unless you have actually planned or visualized commiting suicide, you are probably not depressed enough to need medication. Life can be brutal, but just because you are feeling depressed doesn't mean you have a chemical imbalance, which is the only circumstances for a person needing an anti-depressant. They are massivly over-prescribed to patients that have sufficiently functioning brain activity.
    2) The internet is the world's greatest resource for complaining and negativity. There are many people doing very well that come here to help, but the vast majority are not doing so well. This gives the impression to onlookers that everyone with depression feels this way and there is no hope for any of us.
    3) These medications are only to get the chemicals flowing, it's up to you find what makes your brain stay healthy and get the most out of the meds you are taking. For me it's 60% meds and 40% staying hydrated, taking B-complex, Omega 3, staying active and having goals. None of what I have achieved would be possible without Zoloft, but 60% won't get anyone very far, you have to work for the rest.
    4) Find a med that works well enough and get on with it. There is no perfect drug and you will always get depressed from time to time. It's vital to remember how bad things were in the past, and how much better they are on the right meds. Always tell yourself how much worse things could be and count your blessings daily.
    5) Fight through the side-effects. If I wasn't so desperate for help during my break-up I never would have stayed on it, plain and simple. They were aweful and came at the worst possible time in my life but I stuck it out because I didn't want to feel like I was feeling EVER again.
    I posted this because I told myself if I ever did get better, I would want others to read about how I got to where I am, rather than just stop posting here and go about living a normal healthy life. This is only written from my perspective and I have no intentions of stepping on any toes or offending anyone, I just wanted what I have experienced and learned this past year to be known to my fellow sufferers of depression.
    Be well,
    Ryan
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