sincerely, a person who has been on prozac for 9 years
this is in response to some shitty stuff i’ve seen on my dash recently. it’s super simplified, so if you’d like to know some more indepth stuff on how exactly it works, google it—OR BETTER YET actually talk to a mental health doctor psychiatrist person wow
A good way to get on my shit list is to say crap like “LOLOLOLOL MEDICATION KILLS UR SOUL HURR DURR.” If you say things like that, kindly punch yourself hard in the gonads.
So some damage control for this post:
1. SSRIs do not make depressed brains like “not-depressed brains,” in fact, most medications acting on the brain just simply wont because we don’t understand the brain all too well and pharmaceuticals that effect neurotransmitters usually just douse the brain, rather than acting on the specific regions where they need to go (and the thing is, we don’t even always know the specific regions of the brain where neurotransmitters are needed in the cases of some diseases because we’re still trying to figure out how the brain works in the first place)
2. I know at least one person personally who has reported a “numbing” sensation from taking antidepressants. While I know a bit about chemical interactions in the brain, I don’t know as much about the research on actual effects of antidepressants, but several of the anecdotes I’ve heard/read from people who have taken antidepressants and were prescribed these antidepressants (meaning that a doctor told them to get them and the patients weren’t misusing them!) have reported some changes in personality going on and off medication.
3. Never, ever, ever gloss over the potential side effects of any drug. Suicidal thoughts and tendencies, serotonin syndrome, nausea, drowsiness…are some of the reported potential issues with SSRIs. Though drugs effect individuals differently, that doesn’t mean that it’s okay to ignore the potential risks involved with any drug, no matter how unlikely they are to occur.
4. Newsflash, there’s a such thing as SSRI withdrawal, so even though it’s a debated issue, saying that SSRIs aren’t addictive at all isn’t quite right because the way the brain behaves and produces (or stops producing) serotonin is effected by SSRIs and should be a factor in doctors and patients choosing whether antidepressants are the correct course of action.
Bottom line: So while, yeah, if you feel antidepressants will make your quality of life better (AND a doctor has prescribed them), then take them, but know about the potential issues that come with them. In general, all drugs have risks and side effects associated with them because they ARE drugs and change the way your body behaves. While it’s not right to stigmatize people who do choose to take antidepressants, glossing over the issues involved with going on them is downright dangerous.
Credentials and disclaimer stuff: getting a neuroscience certificate and studying cognitive behavior as a biology major, so I’m definitely not an expert in antidepressants and human stuff because I actually study dog behavior, but I know general and basic stuff about brain disorders and molecular things through taking classes