According to the NYT, the recent study showing that antidepressants don't do much for mild depression has several limitations. Dr. Richard Friedman writes, "it would be a shame if it discouraged depressed patients from taking antidepressants." [NYT]
Ugggh I don't know what to think of antidepressants. I have been on them since I was 13. Sometimes I wish I had never started, because every time I have tried to stop I am 10x more depressed than I ever was and am a horrible person to be around. I don't want to be dependent on drugs. I have had to constantly switch between different kinds because after awhile, they lose their effect. I'm worried I'm honestly going to run out of types of drugs. I've been on everything. Prozac, Zoloft, Cymbalta, Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Celexa, and now I'm onto Effexor. Not to mention the Xanax and Valium I have taken for anxiety. If I don't take my drugs at exactly the same time every day I will start to become irritable and have horrible headaches.
I want to stop but I know I can't handle life without them very well. But life with them isn't so peachy either. If I had never started them, though, I might have killed myself.
I am left not knowing what to say when a friend says they were diagnosed with depression and are considering drugs. I just shrug and try to explain what I've been through.
Oh, and also, I'm about to go off my parents' health insurance and I have heard that if you have a history of mental illness it's a serious pain in the ass to get ANYONE to cover you. :(