Re: How exactly do antidepressants make you feel?
There is a distinction between being sad and being depressed. I haven't seen or heard people call themselves sad in a long time. Nowadays, all I hear is "I'M DEPRESSED!" at the drop of a hat, when what they mean to say is "I'M SAD!" I guess depression being the extreme
version of sadness grabs more attention from others.
For depression that is expectedly normal (ie, due to the death of someone close), I think psychotherapy is generally used as treatment. If the loss of a pet completely devastates you and makes you practically unable to do anything, then medication might be warranted. Antidepressants are not substitutes for emotional coping mechanisms.
That is just my point of view, though. If you went to any family doctor and let out a sneeze that sounded like "I'm depressed", you'd probably have a prescription for an antidepressant in your hands before you could wipe your nose. They really are prescribed rather haphazardly and in excess (especially if they're still under patent
For me, I would say that antidepressants (of the SSRI type) make it harder to feel sad. Consequently, it's also harder to feel happy. They pretty much dull my emotions so I can learn to react to emotional stimuli in an appropriate way rather than the exaggerated way that depression can cause (ie, crying all the time for no reason, feeling bleak and hopeless, etc.)
Wellbutrin SR 300mg, Eskalith CR 900mg, Luvox 100mg
Things I have tried:
Lexapro, Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, Effexor XR, Remeron, Wellbutrin SR, Eskalith CR, Topamax, Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Ambien, Restoril, Desyrel, Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, Inderal, Lopressor, Thorazine, Lamictal, Abilify, Depakote, Geodon, Seroquel, doxepin, chloral hydrate