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“Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, oh what a RELIEF it is!”

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Antidepressants, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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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?

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Antidepressants: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Antidepressants, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Have you seen this old 1966 movie? It was a glorified bounty hunter story. The title became a memorable saying and many have used it since, including me, today.

In the movie, Clint Eastwood plays an enigmatic loner in search of a cache of stolen gold. He represents the good. His bad rival is Lee Van Cleef a ruthless bounty hunter, and his ugly rival is Eli Wallach, a Mexican bandit.

And what does this have to do with antidepressants? Well, I am just using that title to show you that I plan to tell you some good, some bad and some ugly sides of antidepressants in this series. Why? Because there good, bad and ugly sides of antidepressants!

I will begin at the beginning of my own journey into the world of depression.

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Antidepressants – the Good!

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Antidepressants, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

As we continue our series about 'Antidepressants: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly', I will continue with my story.

So, I have been prescribed an antidepressant for the first time ever, I take it for two weeks and voila! I feel better! No more questions for my doctor. I don't need to know anything more about depression, its causes, its symptoms, it cures, because, well, I feel better. That is all I need to know.

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Antidepressants – the Bad!

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Antidepressants, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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We are discussing the good, the bad and the ugly about antidepressants. The good part is when they work.

Now we are going to discuss the bad part.

If the antidepressant works, then that is good right?

Well, sort of.

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Antidepressants – the Ugly!

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Antidepressants, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

antidepressants,the,uglyYes, antidepressants are great when they work. But some antidepressants, even if they help somewhat, have side effects that are almost impossible to bear.

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.

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