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Doctor insights on: Do Antidepressants Make You Feel Happy Or Just Stop You From Being Sad

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Do antidepressants make you feel happy or just stop you from being sad?

Do antidepressants make you feel happy or just stop you from being sad?

Depends: Usually patients that take these medicines tend to report that their symptoms decrease ie. Less sadness, anger and anxiety than before. As a result they feel better and more functional. So they really help to stabilize your moods. And these medicines are mostly increasing serotonin in the brain because it is thought that patients have depression by not having enough serotonin in the brain. ...Read more

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What would happen if you were really happy and took antidepressants? Would they make you sad?

Not necessarily.: Regardless of what your mood was - antidepressants may cause side effects. If have a normal mood- the antidepressant may not have any significant effect on your mood. If you have bipolar pre-dispostion, the medication could cause you to be irritable, elated or have particularly high energy. I have not heard of antidepressants causing major depression in people who don't have mood disorders. ...Read more

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5days of hypomania.Now i'm very sad.I can't take antidepressant because it get my mood too up.I take ability5mg, but isn't enought in my opinion.Help!

5days of hypomania.Now i'm very sad.I can't take antidepressant because it get my mood too up.I take ability5mg, but isn't enought in my opinion.Help!

You're right: If you've been hypomanic for 5 days, you're correct that your current regimen is not enough. Please see your psychiatrist asap so you can get your moods under better control. There are other options besides abilify, (aripiprazole) if dose adjustments don't help. ...Read more

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When switching antidepressant meds, can it be normal to feel sad / anxious in the beginning?

Yes: The symptoms of coming off, changing, or adding a new medicine can vary. Having your symptoms may be completely normal and will likely resolve over time, but if they continue or worsen, you will need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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How prevalent is seasonal affective disorder? What are the criteria for a SAD diagnosis? Is it treatable in some cases w/out antidepressants?

Info: Now considered a type of depression rather than unique - prevalence varies by region (N vs S) and quite often treatment is not medicine but CBT therapy/life style changes. Read: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2013/02/seasonal-disorder.aspx Best! ...Read more

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Does needing antidepressents mean that i just don't know how to handle my sadness and could medication be replaced with coping skills?

Does needing antidepressents mean that i just don't know how to handle my sadness and could medication be replaced with coping skills?

Perhaps: But the best way to succeed without medication is w/ a coach - a CTB therapist you trust and work well with can teach you coping skills and more. If they think you would benefit from meds, they'll help you see why. I'd try it drug free for a bit if you want to give it your best! ...Read more

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Why do Dr's prescribe ssri's & anti depressants- when there are NO blood test or any test to prove "made up disorders" as bipolar - Sad -Gad?

Why do Dr's prescribe ssri's & anti depressants- when there are NO blood test or any test to prove "made up disorders" as bipolar - Sad -Gad?

Depression is real: Depression is a real medical disorder caused by chemical imbalances in the brain that lead to mood changes. Studies have consistently shown benefit in depressed patients treated with these meds. Doctors often treat disorders without tests, diagnosis can be made by talking with and examining patient. It may take a trial of 3-4 different meds to find the one that works best. Don't give up! ...Read more

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What to do to stop being sad, & have a happy life ?

What to do to stop being sad, & have a happy life ?

Make the decision to: Be happier ! don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to get 8 hours or > of sleep per night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Recommend the “feeling good book" by dr. David burns. ...Read more