Doesn't that look yummy? Can you resist?
These are the UGLY ANTIDEPRESSANTS. Now what may be ugly for some may be fine for others so don’t listen to what others are saying about their antidepressants.
Headaches, weight gain, lack of sex drive etc. are examples of the ugly side of some drugs. Hey, just those things alone could cause depression.
Do you remember this Alka Seltzer tv commercial from 1976?
“Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is” was an advertizing slogan which won many awards.
What a wonderful and cute promise. Just plop two tablets into a glass of water, drink it and voila! Instant relief! I can’t even tell you if it worked because I never tried it. But ‘Alka Seltzer’ is still in business so I imagine it does work to some extent.
The ad promises RELIEF and SPEED! Don’t we all want some of that?
"These boots were made for walkin
And that's just what they'll do
One of these days these boots
Are gonna walk all over you!"
It was a popular song in my day. There wasn't a girl around who wouldn't love singing that song if she had been mistreated or dumped by her boyfriend. There is something powerful about the image of walking all over someone who you feel has walked all over you.
I assure you however, that the first time you ever sink into a deep dark depression, you will probably take any pills offered to you! Why? Because you will be so desperate to stop feeling the way you feel.
Diagnostic journaling could be a great job for a detective.
My doctor has a gift for detective work and I am glad she does. When she first began treating me, she would start me on a small dose of the medication and then continue to increase it to the ‘recommended therapeutic dose’. Sometimes I would start to get better and when she increased it I would get worse. Puzzled by this, she took my chart, reread all of her notes and noticed that I always did better on a smaller dosage than the one recommended. If she didn’t have good notes, she would not have been able to figure that out.
Diagnosis may not be as complicated as you imagine.
Do you remember when you first realized you had some symptoms of depression?
Here was my initial experience.
I was going through a stressful time in my life (divorce), but coping, or so I thought. One of the ways I dealt with stress was through exercise, particular, walking. One day, while on my walk, I felt like I could not go at my usual pace. The only other time I remembered feeling that awful was when I had anemia. So, assuming that it was the same thing this time, I went to my doctor.