These are some of the most annoying misconceptions people (not belonging to healthcare fraternity) usually have about anti-depressants. One of the most courageous acts to do is ask for help when you already start getting the feeling that you can’t go on. We would therefore always advice you to seek out for a doctor when you need any sort of medical advice.
- Antidepressants work differently for different people.
Just like your clothes don’t fit anyone else, anti-depressants don’t work all the same on different people. The general effects and side effects are quite different among respective individuals. We can partially owe this to the unique genetic makeup in every individual.
- Sometimes it takes a lot to find the ideal anti-depressant that works particularly right for you.
There have been evidences and instances where people have tried as many as 10 to 15 sets of drugs to find the correct one. Sometimes the side effects are enough to scare you away while the other times they don’t show any effect at all. All you need is determination and courage to keep trying till you find the right one.
- It is quite alike taking medicines for any other illness/infirmity.
Just like any other medicine, you will need to be regularly regular in your dosages. If you halt the schedule, it is a sure fact that depression might take a dreaded toll on you.
- They definitely aren’t magic pills that will keep you eternally cheerful.
Well, it is a universal fact that we all have our share of good times and bad times. Not anything on earth can keep you feeling merry all the time. A hopeful combination of suitable anti-depressants, healthy lifestyle, strong support network and counselling is the key to a depression free life.
- Frequent inquiry about regularity might get on your nerves.
Yes, this is definitely going to annoy you the most! People in and around your vicinity shall keep interrogating about your medicines and whether you are regular in them or not. A sincere advice to all the friends and relatives of those on anti-depressants to be optimistic and patient in your approach.
- The initial few days on antidepressants will be a bit cranky.
With every new thing comes some disappointing thing or trouble for sure, but it does get resolved very soon. You will feel like mood swings are getting frequently on you in the initial days of you anti-depressant schedule but that is sure to get normal very soon. Patience is the virtue.
- There is no certain defined limit where you have to reach to take them.
Just like no one can understand what you are going through unless getting in the situation by the self, no one can say that you are “bad” enough to take these pills. If you have been advised by your doctor to take them, just take them generously.
- You do not need to be on them forever.
None of us needs a plaster of Paris cast on the broken leg forever, right? So we do not need anti-depressants forever. Couple your drugs with appropriate therapy and you shall reach to a level of sorting things with yourself very soon. You need to stop after feeling alright with proper consultation with your doctor.
- Contrary to the above fact, there is nothing wrong if you need to take them for a long time.
It might seem like you are taking more than the usual time to get off those drugs, but it just isn’t the end of your life here. If you are taking longer than the prescribed time and still can’t start feeling better, then it will be ideal to continue them. Also, there is no certain deadline to define when the medicines should be halted.
- They’re not going to turn you into a zombie.
Anti-depressants help you come out
Anti-depressants help you have normal moods. They help you get rid of a majority of the pessimistic thoughts and experience full range of emotions. They help you have more control over your emotions. People have never turned into zombies while using them.
- They’re not necessarily always used to treat depression.
Never would you have known that these drugs work effectively for migraine as well. People have used them for chronic migraines and reported better sleep schedules. You do not have to suffer the pain of throbbing headaches.
- Antidepressants would never limit the perspective of your brain.
Avoiding anti-depressants due to the much assumed fact that they might ruin your creativity is indeed the most stupid thing to do. If you don’t treat depression in time, it will take a toll on your life as well as physical health. So, let alone art, you would not be able to get off your bed if you don’t get these drugs at time.
- And they don’t just give you “fake happiness.”
Anti-depressants are no sort of medicines that create the feeling of happiness. Rather, they help make the patient feel happy again. So, next time when people tell you that they would hate to depend on some drugs to get happiness, give them this punch line that nothing on earth can buy happiness, it’s us who create it.
- They don’t change the person you are — but they help you be the best version of yourself.
Teenagers refuse to take anti-depressants due to this frequent assumption that they will change the personality in them. No, they don’t change your total personality. They enhance your mental capacity and help you think clearer than you used to do while you were not on the drugs
- Last but not the least, taking antidepressants doesn’t make you weak.
As already mentioned at the beginning, the most courageous act on your part would be to ask for help when you feel like you can’t pull it on any longer. Medications are meant for the welfare of human lives, they don’t make you any weak!