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Response to sibelian (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 10:48 AM

32. First, good luck, I hope it continues to work.


I've been on antidepressants for the better part of twenty years, with a history of depression that goes back farther. I don't expect to ever be completely without them. I feel I have to warn you: depression is cyclical. I've gone without meds and thought I was doing well, had a new attitude, a new outlook, and so on. Some things you've written here have resonated with me. The line about believing that feelings were inherently suspect? I could have written that. Like you, I don't make happiness my goal now.

However, I consider myself serious with or without the meds. I still get sad, when appropriate, the difference is I lose days to inertia when I do. Whether I call it depression or sadness when it hits, it doesn't matter if it debilitates me, stunts the rest of my emotions, cripples my thinking, undermines my livelihood and relationships, and threatens my life. This is what I experienced.

I agree the world is a dark and terrible place. However, I would say it is off-kilter, upset, and out of balance. In fact, it is functioning abnormally. The reason why so many people take antidepressants is because we've created a system that depresses people. That's true the world over, not just in our society. Meanwhile, we're exposed to toxins such as insecticides and herbicides, which-- at low levels-- cause depression as part of their neuro-effects. I did read one article that said if we could get these out of our environment, suicides will drop drastically.

Otherwise, with things like environmental destruction and global warming, despair is the appropriate emotion. I could name a host of other issues that could depress people, or at least give them a lower threshold to it.

I'm not telling you to give up. You should try to do without meds, once or twice, especially if you've never been suicidal. Make sure your sure your doctor knows about it and try to be in therapy just to make sure.

More than anything, don't hold it against yourself if you find what you're experiencing now is the upward part of the cycle.

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