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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?

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

SAD: SAD symptoms occur with change in season (often fall and winter) & can include carbohydrate craving, increased appetite with weight gain, low energy level, irritability, moodiness, sleeping more, heavy feeling in extremities, being overly sensitive to rejection and it can impact relationships. It is often treated withot use of antidepressants. In the US – 1 to 10% of adults experience SAD but ...Read more

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I have SAD and tried various antidepressant but found unhelpful,however as reducing Paroxetine feel more energy but increased neck ache/stiff,resolve?

I have SAD and tried various antidepressant but found unhelpful,however as reducing Paroxetine feel more energy but increased neck ache/stiff,resolve?

Light therapy?: Have you tried light therapy with exposure every a.m. during the winter months? The light unit is not expensive at all and certainly has little problem with side effects. ...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

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What can happen if you just stop taking antidepressants?

Talk to Doc first.: Please discuss with your physicians. Depending the nature of your depression and your meds you may get rebound of the symptoms. Further, certain medications must be tappered (such as SSRIs). Please consult your doctor soon. Always talk to your doctor before stopping any medication or changing the dosing. ...Read more

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I want to get off pills. Can I just stop taking my antidepressant and anxiolytic?

I want to get off pills. Can I just stop taking my antidepressant and anxiolytic?

No: It is not advised to stop without consulting with a doctor to see if you are ready and come up with a weaning schedule. If you do, you greatly increase your risk of having recurrent problems that can be even more severe. ...Read more

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I think I have depression and i'm crying a lot right now and i don't know what to do please help me! i'm just sad and can't get happy?

I think I have depression and i'm crying a lot right now and i don't know what to do please help me! i'm just sad and can't get happy?

Sad and Lonely: I am so sorry to hear you are suffering like this. But, you are not alone. Any wise doctor would sit down with you to get to the root of this problem and would most likely recommend starting on a journey that may include some medications and therapy. Counseling or life coaching with a good trusted therapist may very well bring you back to a place where you can experience joy again. ...Read more

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I've been really sad all the time and i've just been eating nonstop? I have to stop eating!

I've been really sad all the time and i've just been eating nonstop?  I have to stop eating!

Medical vs psychiatr: I would recommend a medical workup by your primary care provider to rule out a medical problem such as hypothyroidism or hypoglycemia, or other endocrinologic disorders. A screening for depression should also be done at that time. ...Read more

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Tomorrow is my birthday, but I don't feel any happy.. my bro didn't chat to me, I very sad.. I just have this best friend, I don't want lost my bro.

Tomorrow is my birthday, but I don't feel any happy.. my bro didn't chat to me, I very sad.. I just have this best friend, I don't want lost my bro.

Go and see a doctor: You are 18 you have your whole life ahead of you why you are so down so if your bro did not chat with you for a day it is the end of the world You are depressed go and see a counselor they can help you How things at home Do you have any siblings are you in school You could see a counselor there if you are worrying about expenses ...Read more

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If I am on a antidepressant to quit smoking can I just stop taking them?

If I am on a antidepressant to quit smoking can I just stop taking them?

DEPENDS: It really depends on the dose and the length of time that you have been on the medication. If the dose is relative high and you have taken the medication for more than one month, it is always best to discontinue the medication slowly over a few weeks. The other question is did you quit smoking and for how long. You may want to stick with the treatment a while to make sure you do not smoke again! ...Read more

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Why do antidepressants stop working sometimes? Does that mean the pill is defective or i'm just getting used to it?

Many possibilities: You should probably talk to the doctor who prescribed the medication. Sometimes a dose increase will keep the medication working. The body does get used to certain medications and this is why dose changes can sometimes help or if that does not work you could even discuss a change in the medication to a totally different kind of medication. I hope you get back on track real soon! stay safe! ...Read more

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Any reason why am i either extremely happy or extremely sad but never just content?

Any reason why am i either extremely happy or extremely sad but never just content?

Mood disorder: You could have a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder or cyclothymia. Please consider seeing a psychiatrist for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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I don't get what mania is. I concider it happy.. Am i right? I'm always pretty mildishhhh! not happy but not soooo sad. I just have moments

I don't get what mania is. I concider it happy.. Am i right?  I'm always pretty mildishhhh! not happy but not soooo sad. I just have moments

Mania: Mania certainly can feel happy.....even euphoric and incredibly energizing. Those with bipolar disorder often go off their meds because they feel so great. Why take meds when you feel like you're on top of the universe? The problem is, mania can lead to some very bad, impulsive decisions, and in extreme cases, psychotic episodes. This is why those with bipolar disorder need to stay on their meds. ...Read more

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