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Sunday, March 22, 2009 michelle_gwen18, Community Member, asks

Q: Is taking Antidepressants pills really good for you?

Hi, I am 32 years old. I have been dealing with depression for along time. And I hate feeling like this. And people that has never been through depression doesn't know how to react.  They just kind of look at you like you can snap out of it. Which isn't true. But I have been on different pills. And I hate taking pills. Even though the pills sometimes work. But my question is. Is taking Antidepressants pill really good for you? Is there any Herbal vitiamins we can take stead of pills?

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
3/23/09 12:23pm

Michelle,

 

Depression is a disease, and for some of us, it requires ongoing treatment. I don't like taking pills every day either, but the alternative is being ill, possibly debilitated, and possibly hurting myself. When I weigh those alternatives, I continue taking my medications.

 

Paul gave you some good links. There are a few herbal things that can be used including St. Johns Wort and Sam-E, BUT remember that such things were the first drugs used by mankind, and they DO act as drugs in our bodies. There are some people sho shouldn't take them, and they have potential side effects just as prescription medications do. I'm not saying that you shouldn't try them, but please do so under a doctor's supervision so you'll be safe.

 

In the end, I don't think the antidepressants are any worse for us than the disease would be if left untreated.

 

Good luck,

Teri

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Paul, Community Member
3/22/09 10:45am

Ironically, there is an article written by a writer here entitled, Just Snap Out of It.

It's a great idea, in theory, isn't it? She's also written one on her experience taking a nonprescription substance called, SAM-e here. She may mention other substances in there too.

 

I think everyone hates taking pills because of the side effects they may cause. I'm not sure anyone can say it is completely safe. It's a trade off between risks, because as you say, sometime they work and depression is a horrible place to live. So, if the drug works, a lot of people take the chance.

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