Elon

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Either way. Guy reckons it's like an allergy, so why not just get OTC meds for it?
No, I reckon antidepressants are like antihistamines, because early antidepressants were discovered through antihistamine research.

But I get your issue, only psychiatric medication isn’t so well understood that I’d trust a psychiatrist in the same way I’d trust a GP or another specialist. Antidepressants are basically a sledgehammer where a scalpel is required, not a precise science. Psychiatrists will try a few different medications on you until they find one that works, and then when they do, the effects might fizzle out two weeks later and they’ll have no idea why. Brains are just too complex.
 

RedViking

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So it's been a while.

I weaned myself off my anti-depressants about a month ago. I felt like my life is in a much better place than when I started taking them so it should be better now if I go off it... and I'm an emotional wreck.

I fight with my fiancée constantly about little things. There's just so much stuff going on right now. We're looking for a house to buy. We're both studying. The cat is sick. We're getting married in Feb. None of our parents have saved for retirement so that'll be on us (mostly SO's parents) to care for them.

We're trying to lose weight and be fit. But I've been so grumpy due to an ear infection that we haven't been to gym in like a month.

I've decided to talk to a doctor tomorrow and go back on them. I was taking Serdep and I'm considering going into an SNRI now.

So I'm looking for advice regarding this. SSRI vs SNRI?

One of the reasons for going off in the first place is the low sex drive, but after going off, I've been so moody, that sex isn't even an interest for me.

I just want to be less angry again, even if it means less sex. I'm definitely not doing well currently :(
Hormones. Your hormones are messed up.

/not joking
 

Elon

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Hormones. Your hormones are messed up.

/not joking
Possibly , but methinks you saw the word “sex” and jumped to that conclusion. Obviously never been on antidepressants or you’d know how they can numb your Johnson :ROFL:

My depression eases when I do things that increase testosterone production like working out and taking ZMA/eating high fat meals.
 

pinball wizard

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Guy jokes about psilocybin as if it isn’t one of the most potent mind-altering substances known to man :ROFL:
It's endearing that you think you have the faintest idea what I know and don't know. Well, I say endearing, maybe to some.
 

RedViking

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Possibly , but methinks you saw the word “sex” and jumped to that conclusion. Obviously never been on antidepressants or you’d know how they can numb your Johnson :ROFL:

My depression eases when I do things that increase testosterone production like working out and taking ZMA/eating high fat meals.
Anti depressants mess with your hormones.
 

Elon

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Ssshhh. Elon thinks depression is like an allergy.
Because science says it is. Ssshhh, people without mental health issues dishing out advice to people who have actually had ample motivation to do the research for themselves.
 

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Maybe? I'm still learning to deal with it :(

I was on SSRI's for 14 years and decided to stop about a year ago. The first couple of weeks afterward are pretty kak.

Anyway, my opinion is now is not he best time to go off the meds. With your wedding and all that. Maybe revisit it when the stressful things are over.
 
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Ancalagon

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No, I reckon antidepressants are like antihistamines, because early antidepressants were discovered through antihistamine research.

But I get your issue, only psychiatric medication isn’t so well understood that I’d trust a psychiatrist in the same way I’d trust a GP or another specialist. Antidepressants are basically a sledgehammer where a scalpel is required, not a precise science. Psychiatrists will try a few different medications on you until they find one that works, and then when they do, the effects might fizzle out two weeks later and they’ll have no idea why. Brains are just too complex.

I don't trust psychiatrists at all.

Having read up on what they prescribe, and what the side effects are, I'd never take medication prescribed to me by one.

Some of them have such terrible withdrawal effects that you can become really stuck.
 

Elon

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I don't trust psychiatrists at all.

Having read up on what they prescribe, and what the side effects are, I'd never take medication prescribed to me by one.

Some of them have such terrible withdrawal effects that you can become really stuck.
Yeah. I do think it’s an important profession, but only as a last-resort kind of thing where the potential upside outweighs the risk.

Not that you are going to tell your patients this when $$$ is at stake.
 

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I don't trust psychiatrists at all.

Having read up on what they prescribe, and what the side effects are, I'd never take medication prescribed to me by one.

Some of them have such terrible withdrawal effects that you can become really stuck.
I also thought so until I actually saw a psychiatrist. One who is competent, cares about his patients and spends a great of time and effort in researching medications, treatments and looks at your overall health not just your illness. Granted, not all doctors are like this and there are some dangerous medications out there. However that is also true of many other medication types
Yeah. I do think it’s an important profession, but only as a last-resort kind of thing where the potential upside outweighs the risk.

Not that you are going to tell your patients this when $$$ is at stake.
Like any profession, you get good practitioners and unfortunately you get bad ones.
 

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Anyone ever had problems with life insurance cover being declined due to being diagnosed with depression?

Family member is having endless issues because of simply being diagnosed and the condition being listed as chronic with medical aid.
 
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