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 What is your biggest fear?
I have no idea what category to put this under....haha. Anyway, mine is drowning. Actually, I have a few fears, but I'll just list one....

 Is suicide a selfish act?
So many people left hurting and wishing they could have helped!
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I myself am not suicidal, but thanks to those who ...

 Does anyone feel Christmassy?

 I hate myself and I want to die??
But not in an emo way, i'm sick of this world, i want out.

but there is a catch.....I'm also afraid of death.

Fun times >:(...

 RE QUESTION Yes or No....Would you ever put either/both of your parents in a Care Centre/Nursing Home???
I noticed a lot of people answered definately NOT


what if the parent was incontinent, agressive, deranged due to altzeimer's etc.

Could you really cope with ...

 What is the condition called where a person is afraid of confronting other people?
Not so much afraid , but not wishing to confront them or have any contact with them out of feeling of anxiety or nervousness?

What causes this? How does it develop? what is its cure?

 What are you worried about at the moment?

 I am losing faith in humankind! I feel my ship is sinking! Can you dig up and share any goodness with me?
My attitude is pretty sour lately, I hate to say. I am so heavily losing faith in my fellow human creatures, it is so sad. It really kills me...
Why do I have to worry about the whole world? ...

 What is weed?
there are 2 students in class who use weed i don't know a lot of things about that. and they always tell me to try one time. but i didn't .
but i actually donno what that is . is that ...

 I'm mental help!!!!?

 Is it possible to be addicted to this site?
I find myself on here constantly and I think it's becoming a serious problem.....really I have more important things to be doing, but always end up here!! And yes I do have a life!...

 What are the ill effects of mastubration?

 This is very personal, ashamed to share, but i am at my wits end?
My son was a good lad, he joined the army at 16, excelled, he went all over the world, doing all sorts, jumping out of planes, bull run in spain etc. I was so proud! He was posted to Iraq, excelled ...

Honestly, today I was more depressed than I have ever been... I spent a good majority of the day thinking about how I would kill myself....came up with the sleeping pill strategy . Now I feel a ...

if you live in a certain area does that number make ur phone bill go up cuz i need to know that right now please i am really thinking about suicide
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 Is money the answer to happiness?

 Will this sadness ever go away?
I have become extremely depressed, and before you say, I have already made an appointment to see my doctor. I just wanted to know if any one out there is also going through this illness. I feel ...

 Im 14 i cry over anything whats wrong with me?
its not my hormones i droped a 30p glass the other day and cryed my internet keeps going down i cry over that please help me am i dipressed or just plain stupid D: i feel horibile
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 What do you tend to do when you're the most stressed?
I go to the casino and drink.
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I only bring $20-$30 so I'm not tempted to overspend if I get a little tipsy!...

 Are u scared of dying?

Are antidepressants safe to take??
yesterday i was diagnosed with depression and put on medication i am only 21 and dont want to spend my life on tablets. i do feel really low at the moment so have started taking them but ive heard of people who can never get off them. is this true???
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im taking fluoxetine 20mg / day is anyone else on this??are they any good??

Don't go for a high dose. Start low. Get a second opinion, too. Diagnosing depression isn't like diagnosing a broken arm.

Most anti-depressants are safe to take if the instructions are followed. You should tell your doctor if you have thoughts of suicide, etc.

I have had good experience with Wellbutrin, but it can lower your seizure threshold.

I think there is definitely a place for Medicine and that antidepressants can change peoples lives (for the better!) but I also think that sometimes doctors are just too quick to put people on them. I was depressed at university (mainly eating disorder related) but instead of going on anti depressants (like I was advised) I sought councelling and got to the root of the problem and now I'm 100% healed and happy! SO...the point I'm trying to make is that antidepressants are FINE as long as they don't HIDE the REASON that you're depressed and low. So, as long as you're in councelling to deal with the ROOT of your problem, I think its fine. if you are DEALING with WHY you're low, then once you're dealt with it you will be fine to come off the antidepressants. All the best, you are brave to face your problems. that is the bravest thing to do.

only if ur doc says so

give them a try most Dr's don't push you to take any kind of drugs but ill give you a little advice only 25% of getting over your depression is meds the rest 75% is up to you to regain your self alot of clinical depression is other things in life go array so get busy working on you .. if you do have a mental illness you will know without the Dr's input and the same gos for other mental illness it takes more than meds

Do it for at least 6 months. If this is the first time you've been put on antdepressants, then your doctor has already scheduled a follow-up visit. I take lexapro. I can tell the difference if I miss my meds. But you've got to do more than just take meds. You've got to choose to decide to get better. You've got to choose to think good thoughts. You've got to decide that life is indeed worth living, even though the road has potholes. Hitting a pothold DOES NOT mean you're stupid or a bad person. And don't try to do this alone. Find a support group in which you can be comfortable. YOU CAN DO THIS.

Have you expressed your concerns with your psychiatrist? It's hard to say if you will be on the meds for life. Each person is different. I can tell you from my personal experience that I only had to take them for a short time. One thing you need to know, is that you have to be weaned off them, you can't just stop cold turkey and it's always best to do this with the supervision of your doctor.

Depression is highly over diagnosed. Sure some people have it, but much fewer than the doctors say. The antidepressants are just a legalized form of additive drugs. Get off them ASAP. Start doing some strenuous exercises. You'll feel better and be healthier. Oh yeah, you'll save a whole lot of money too.

If you have a good Doctor you wont be on your anti depressants long enough to become psychologically dependant.
Also your Doctor obviously feels that at this moment in time you will benefit from a course of antidepresents.
If you look at the packaging your medication came in it often lists any possible side effects of the drug.
I am sorry that you are depressed and I hope your medication helps in your recovery.
I would also try to think in the moment and not in terms of the rest of your life.
Get Well Soon

I have been off and on antidepressants for part of my life. I don't have a hard and fast answer for you, but I can give you some advice.

1. Ask your doctor what the half-life of your medication is and what complications there may be if you stop taking them or miss a dose. There are some anti-depressants (Effexor is the one I had a REALLY bad time with) that cause very bad withdrawal symptoms, even if you take a dose a few hours late. From experience, I think it's a good idea to know how you are going to get off a medication BEFORE you start taking it. It can be difficult and even cause lost work days to stop taking some of these meds. You also need to know how long you can go if you miss a dose before you feel sick. BE INFORMED!

2. Consider that you may need your brain chemistry altered to get through a hard time or a depressive period, but this is not a lifetime diagnosis. No, you do NOT have to take them for the rest of your life! Do make sure that you get help getting off meds though...you will likely need to taper off most medications.

3. Don't be ashsamed at relying on medication if you find they really help. Lots of people fit the criteria for clinical depression at some point in their lives. Taking advantage of medication to help you through this period is NOT a weakness...it's actually pretty smart and resourceful.

4. Question your doctors. If you're unahppy with your diagnosis, see another doctor. Do research on other possible help for depression. Suggest alternatives. Take an active role in your own health!

Good luck! No, depression is not a life sentence. In all likelihood, you will be fine and not have too many problems with medication. Just keep your chin up and remember that you deserve to be happy!

If in doubt , DON'T TAKE THEM. See if you can be referred to a psychologist councellor. They work for some people and you might be the person it works for. These pills can be addictive and also 'hide' the real reasons of your depression. Time flies by , and by the time you want to come of them , you can be addicted without you knowing. Sounds as if you DO have doubts.

claire g
yes as long as ur doctor controls them i take anti depresents for a eating disorder and have gained 2 stone now looking healthy

Each person is unique when considering medications. I'm sure the benefits outweight the risks. You should do some research on the particular med or talk with your doctor about your concerns. There have been cases where people have had worse symptoms when they tried to wean themselves off the meds but, again, each person is different.

Please listen... please take your medication as your doctor ordered. Anidepressants are not addictive.

I'll tell you about my experiences. My parents and two brothers would really benefit from taking some. But I am the only family member that is smart/brave enough to say I need help. I have been taking them for 9 years. The meds just take the edge off of stress, frustration, help boost morale and self confidence. Also, I do not want to ever hurt my children. I feel really good (but never drugged), just who I really am. But there has been a few times that I had worked with my doctor and decreased my dose and weaned of my med. I was off for a while. But eventually, I hit really low times again. I knew I had to start taking the meds right away. I am a person that have suicidal thoughts during deep down moments. That is really bad. We have two children and I would never want to ruin their life by doing such a stupid thing. So I know that I have to take it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is giving me my quality of life. I take Cymbalta 60 mg once Daily. I started taking an antidepressant at age 24. I also was very concerned about "being to young to have to take medication every day. And would I need to take it the rest of my life.?" But what helped me the most was that my mother-in-law said to me, "God, also heals through the use of medications." It has been a blessing to me to have such a med. Without it, my life would be very limited. Take care of yourself.

most likely you will be on them for a long time, but with counseling it helps alot. i was diagnosed with depression and have found out alot about it. i also went into a clinical study which helped alot. what depression basically is, is a chemical imbalance in the brain. go to this web site for more information:
www.instituteforhealthstudies.com don't worry you will be ok.

You wont get stuck on them forever. However what you must do is take them for a long enough period to enable them to work. Depression is caused by a chemical in the brain running low - the chemical being what allows you to 'feel happy'. What the tablets do is artificially restore the chemical until such time as your body can do it on its own. Its a bit complex to explain here. If you went to the doctor and he said you had low irin levels - you'd happily tke iron pills wouldnt you?? Well anti depressants are similar thing - like iron tablets for the mind so to speak. Dont expect miracles - they can take up to 4 weeks to kick in and you might have to be on them for a year or more. Please dont just stop taking them - honestly, the anti depressants now are not like the old fashioned ones. If you're worried speak to your GP about the tablets he has prescribed. I wish you all the best and hope you're back to your old self very soon xx

It is true, long term, but with your Doctor's understanding and help, you should be weaned off them OK. Give them a chance, check back with your Doctor.

stacey r
i went on anti depressants for depression, and i think, if it helps you along, take them. You shouldnt have to stay on them forever, unless its very severe, like bipolar. Of course you can come off them, its not true that you cant. I did, so i should know. I know how your feeling, but in a couple of weeks your mood should lift and you'll feel better. I thank god i went on them, as the helped save my whole life. They are only to help you along. Maybe chatting to someone about why you think you might be depressed will help too, your doctor or a councillor. Dont worry, they wont think your nuts! They ARE there to help! Good luck.

It is true, And I only believe in taking them in extreme depression cases.
I think tooooo many doctors prescribe these drugs tooooo often.
Excersise, getting out and enjoyng life, socialising, sport or going to the country, forest, or quiet beach for the day are much more effective. It clears your head and soothes your soul
Please stay happy, this earth needs as many stable people as possible

I am 24 and was diagnosed as depressed when I was in 7th grade. My parents didn't want me on medication but after a few years in high school I got worse and I started to take medicine. It wasn't until a year ago that I stopped. Depression is something I have struggled with for most of my life and in my opinion what it all boils down to is balance and control. I recommend taking anti-depressants for people who are at a point where they don't have the time to try and really figure out where the depression is coming from. I took pills for 6 years because I was in college and was trying to make it through--the pills helped a lot. An important word of advice I can offer is don't let your doctor put you on a pill because "it's the newest thing." You want to be on something that isn't going to make you feel anything different, except happier. I noticed a lot of positive results from taking my medicine, but I went through several different kinds before I found one that really worked well for me. It's kind of like birth control, the same pill doesn't work for everyone. I hated Paxil and liked Zoloft. Like I said, it's all about balance. After I got out of college I started to really do a self-evaluation. Being manic-depressive/bi-polar has always been hard, many of my doctors think it is actually genetic. Something else that also helped me stop taking pills was going to a psychologist once a week. Having someone who isn't going to judge you and will help you talk through your problems is really refreshing and helps tremendously. It's also private and confidential, which means you can talk about anything. The important thing is to understand what it all means and then try and take control. There are always going to be times where you feel like you can't control your emotions or feelings, but if you are on the same pills as I was, you can decide whether or not you need a little extra help that day, and pop your pill. There were some days where I didn't feel like I needed medication. You will learn what triggers your depression, the signs that you may be hitting a low--then you will learn how to avoid those situations and find things that really make you happy. I am living proof that you DO NOT HAVE TO BE ON PILLS THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. The people who stay on them the rest of their life don't want to help themselves and want to take the easy way out, others are just too depressed to move on from it. I used to think I was one of those people. Unfortunately being depressed is not easy, but if you know in your heart that it isn't the real you and it's not who you want to be, then in time you will find the person you want to be and accept the parts of you that sometimes hold you back.

there are some that can be addictive if taken for very long periods but not all. you dont have to spend your life on them. i had a few different ones over four years, one of them gave me really bad side effects but most of the others were ok. i haven't taken any for 5 years now and im fine. it depends what your on really. i mean i knew 2 other people who were taking the one that gave me bad side effects and they were fine on it. and the one that i found the best was no good for other people. also remember that its not an immediate fix, it could be a few weeks before they start working properly and you start to feel any better. try finding some information about the anti depressant you are taking and speak to your gp if your concerned in any way. Fluoxetine i took for about 18 months and for me it was the best one, but one of my relatives who took it felt worse. it is different for everyone.

sexy legs
Some are hard to come off but you will be monitored the whole time you`re on them and when the time comes when you`re feeling better and thinking of coming off them it will be controlled , its like a weaning process , the dose will be cut gradually and even the tablet may have to be cut in half ... Dont worry though ,you will be fine , its the people who dont understand that make these remarks ...

Good luck ... I have been off and on anti-depressants for the last 12 yrs following the death of my dad ..

I am taking Citalopram and its the best thing i could have done ....

There is an anti depressant called Seroxat and it is awful , try and avoid that one !

From experience I willl tell you that they do help, but when they say that they aren't addictive, that is not true...they are pretty safe if taken as directed...however, you won't have to take them forever...just know that when you are ready to come off of them, you should ween yourself...coming off them cold turkey can have some bad affects...Ex: really bad mood swings, deeper depression etc...Just make sure that you trust your doctor and get a second opinion if you can...you could also do some research on alternative treatments...hope this helps...good luck...feel better :)

it is true, but you have to be monitored very closely by your doctor. People with diabetes take insulin and people with heart problems take their meds, depression is a disease and should be treated as such. Stay in close contact with your physician. Espcially if you feel anxious or have any other side effects, other wise you should be fine.

depends on the type of drug you have been given.if the doctor wasnt clear about what he has given you or your worried about taking them,go back and speak to him.Some antidepressants you have to ween yourself off,some you dont.good luck dude x

Lost and found
I've been on and off them most of my adult life - its not that the antidepressants are addictive, more like the depression is hard to get on top of. At your next docs appointment ask about the risks of taking whatever medication you have been described. Or look up some info on the net.

Sara P
can be....all drugs have some degree of risk

jo w
no its not true, i,m on them and have been 4 about 3 yrs on and off.you,ll be fine good luck i know how your feeling, but it does get better.

I have Prozac, I have it for post natal depression and I think it's great. Most people come off them after 6 months-12 months. I'm 28 and don't intend to be on them forever but I certainly don't intend on spending my years feeling as low as I did a few months ago. Give them a try, they're not addictive, if your worried talk to your GP. It takes a month or so for them to work so at least give it til then......Good Luck!

Antidepressants are safe if taken as the doctor advises. The dependance can be an issue with some.
I was on antodepressants and came off them over a period of 6 months with no bad effects, it took that long coz I was on a massive dose to start with!
Ask for councelling, dont just rely on the tablets, and aim to get off them as the councelkling takes effect.

I understand how you feel; which is similar to how I felt at first.

Look at it this way; if you were suffering from a physical condition, where you needed to take certain medication every day for the rest of your life or you would die, would you have a problem taking meds for that? Probably not.

Psychological pain is real and can cause ireperable damage. It should be treated in a manner which ultimately improves your quality of life - whether it be via medication, psychotherapy or both.

If I told you that your depression would eventually kill you, if you stopped taking meds one day; would you think about not taking them?

If taken properly, under a Dr's supervision; antidepressants can do some great things for you. It's important to understand that there is a natural fear of taking any mind altering drugs, but it's obvious that your Dr feel the benefits of taking the drug against not taking it are substantially greater.

Trust your Dr; educate yourself on how your brain works, your diagnosis, how medication works and speak to others who are in a similar situation. If you do all this, you'll be able to defeat the depression in a very healthy and constructive way and possibly help others too.

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