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Old 10-25-2009  
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What do you think of the common criticism that depressed people rely too heavily upon antidepressants as treatment rather than just "getting over it"? In other words, how much control do you think we have over the disorder?

Also, what do you think of the naysayers who believe they are no more effective than placebo?
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This is a very good question and often pops up here.

For me they were useless, a placebo would have been better as you don't get the side effects

I found diet, exercise and thought change worked wonders, making an effort to learn social skills and practice them was very rewarding also.

of all things self help books helped me the most

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I can safely tell you all that antidepressants are not mere placebos. For awhile I was skeptical about their effectiveness, but once I was convinced to take them, I realized how well they aided my treatment. My skepticism did not hinder anything. To me, this is anecdotal evidence.

I honestly think in some cases, antidepressants are needed. I do agree some people rely on them too heavily, but that shouldn't cloud the fact that they can be beneficial.

Pharmaceutical corruption is a separate issue.
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Antidepressants are indeed useless IMO, but telling someone to "get over depression" is like telling someone to "get over cancer"
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I think everyone is different. Some people are more capable than others to deal with the symptoms of depression.

Some people can see the light at the end of it all, and some people are so deep into it, they just can't see a way out and it gets the best of them. Some people don't have the energy to keep trying and pushing on their own and need medication to help with that. I'm sure some people depend on the medication to solve their problems, and in that case, I think they need a bit of an eye opener.

So, to each their own. If you think you can do it without medication do it. If you think you can't try and see if you can. If you really can't, I mean REALLY can't.. Then maybe medication is a good option.

When dealing with depression or anxiety of any sort you fall off the wagon a lot.. It feels like shit but you need to keep picking yourself up and trying to move forward. Taking medication might help make falling not hurt so much, but you still need to resolve the issues you have - which cause the depression.

Soooo I would personally suggest that people give a good, honest try before resorting to medication. It's hard to muster that up though.. So.. Yea. Do what you gotta do.

I don't know how deeply depressed some people are, and it might be unfair for me to say this, but I think when people work on getting over their problems without medication - it makes them a stronger person.. Your body and mind adapts. One thing about life is that we're here to learn, at least imo.. And one thing to learn about is yourself and how to deal with yourself..

Anyway. Some people might rely too heavily, but I don't think that generally.. I would just prefer people did not resort to medication so often.

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I have dealt with a lot of medication in my life, I take them for both bipolar and social phobia. At first I hated the idea of relying on medication for anything, but after seeing how much good they can do, I have done a complete 180.

Basically my philosophy is: if it makes you better take it; don't bother with what people say or the controversies surrounding your treatment.
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Anti-depressants only keep me from Major Depression, they dont treat my Dsythymia really. I'm currently on Remeron, my like 7-8th anti-depressant.
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When I was 15, they gave me anti depressants and other pills. I didn't get any support from anyone, or some peace at least. The psychiatrist asked me two or three questions and bombed me with pills, and that was all.
It didn't help AT ALL. I just got addicted to them. It was hard as hell to get rid of them. I don't think I would take anything anymore... It would be easier to overcome depression and everything else with love and support, and maybe therapy. Without that, drugs are useless, in my opinion.

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I have always been cynical about med's after having a bad doctor for a while.But when I look back on periods where my mood has lifted,it has been down to meds I think.I do worry about side affects and stuff though.

I do think it's important to use therapy as well to make long term changes,but I think meds can be really usefull for just getting someone back on track.
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A combination of therapy and meds is the best treatment for SA/depression.
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