• Share. Be Supported. Recover.

    We are a friendly, safe community supporting each other's mental health. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Panic attacks/Depression Anti-depressants a bad choice?

B

bassslappin

New member
Joined
Mar 21, 2015
Messages
1
Hey there, I guess I will give a quick story of my life since early december 2014.

I am a 28 year old man. I have ulcerative colitis and ankylosing spondylitis. (Form of arthritis) I was on a drug called Remicade, until I had a bad reaction in October 2014. I recovered thankfully, but it was found out I could no longer take Remicade. I had my first panic attack in early December which was immediately followed by depression.

I started seeing an "alternative psychologist" almost immediately. The panic attacks would happen everyday, and I always had this real bad feeling of almost too much adrenaline in my system, extremely negative and fearful mindset. I've developed health anxiety as well. February my Ulcerative Colitis acted up and I was basically bed ridden for 3 weeks. I am just starting to recover a bit now, because I've started on a new drug similar to Remicade called Humira. I am CONSTANTLY worried about the effects that Humira are having on me. My panic attacks, while not as bad are before, are still very able to happen. I rarely, if ever leave the house now... I'm afraid to do anything, incase a panic attack comes on. Obviously that adds to the depression....

I was prescribed Zoloft in December but have never taken it. My psychologist feels anti-depressants aren't good, and they generally aren't more effective then a placebo. I'm always hearing negative things about anti-depressants..... I don't know what to do, because while the therapy is helpful, I'm not getting that much better... (I couldnt see him for a few weeks) and my money from an aunt is running out... So I cant see him that much longer, and I'll be referred to a psychiatrist from the doctor.

Are anti-depressants really that bad? I had an experience when I was 17 with zoloft for a year. I had some intense depression and social anxiety back then. It did take the depression away, but I somehow developed an anti-pill mentality. The sexual side effect kinda sucked as well.

My question is.... Is there anyone who has had a successful time with anti-depressants? Are they really as terrible as people seem to make them out to be? My psychologist seems to think I don't need them, or that they're not worth it.... I'm so conflicted because part of me just wants to take them..... I'm constantly worried. Even my sweat smells different. I am depressed. But am I chemically unbalanced? I don't know... and is chemically unbalanced actually a real thing? I feel like a switch went off that night, and I'm broken now. I feel I'll never get better and live a normal life again..... I'm basically in the same room in my parents house everyday.


Sorry for the length and thank you for reading.
 
maybe.shes.a.wildflower

maybe.shes.a.wildflower

ACCOUNT CLOSED
Joined
Nov 25, 2014
Messages
4,861
Ive only experience of citalopram and mirtazipine and cit at first did help and the mirt at first for sleep but I am opened minded to new ones next as I dont cope well without.
If you feel therapy isnt fully fixing you can it really hurt to give the pills a go again?
 
C

Christobel

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 6, 2014
Messages
1,075
Location
South west
I was on antidepressants for years with no effect. I think it was mainly because my symptoms felt more like acute anxiety rather than depression. Like you, I suffered badly with panic attacks. On the whole my illness was considered treatment resistant till they put me on Lithium, which is a mood stabiliser - but even this can be injurious to health.
 
M

messed-up

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 19, 2009
Messages
83
Location
northern ireland
Me personally....I do better on them, although mine now aren't doing much for me.

By the sounds of it you don't feel the therapy alone is doing anything, maybe you should try them, just see if it helps,
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
S Does mindfulness meditation helps to overcome panic attacks? Depression Forum 9
D Anxiety and panic attacks Depression Forum 5
frisas45 Has anyone dealt with the burden of taking care of someone, especially you having panic attacks as a result? How did you overcome them? Depression Forum 1
S Panic attacks Depression Forum 5
Fairy Lucretia im in such a panic Depression Forum 4
M after panic attack Depression Forum 4
M After panic attack . Depression Forum 3
A Suicidal thoughts and panic Depression Forum 50
S Existential crisis gave me a panic attack Depression Forum 6
H Panic and suicidal thoughts Depression Forum 2
H New Job: Panic Attack / Depression! What can be done? Can't do anything else. Depression Forum 6
Fairy Lucretia me AGAIN! sorry-esa panic xx Depression Forum 13
snips31 on phone panic attack Depression Forum 12
B panic attack or just extreme anxiety? Depression Forum 4
M My dad has now caused me to get anxiety attacks Depression Forum 5
W Strange tips for anxiety attacks Depression Forum 0
B Panick attacks + periods Depression Forum 2
T Overcoming Depression Depression Forum 1
M A blood test for depression Depression Forum 2
KittyCat92 Depression tiredness is more than just needing sleep Depression Forum 21
D I feel dead from depression Depression Forum 9
P Physical side of depression Depression Forum 10
M Running and crochet for depression Depression Forum 1
D Depression, loneliness, anxiety and leaving school Depression Forum 4
S I feel like my depression is starting to affect me in secondary ways Depression Forum 4
S The Cure for Depression Depression Forum 14
S I was diagnosed with depression Depression Forum 4
S Depression could be a change in consciousness Depression Forum 3
GraceAmbassador Kiss Depression Goodbye - PART ONE Depression Forum 1
L depression - adhd - phd - imposter Depression Forum 6
C How to reach out to others about depression after a roommate tried to commit suicide? Depression Forum 3
I Recovered from depression Depression Forum 10
A My mum's depression is severely affecting my mental health Depression Forum 2
C Sertraline side effects & postnatal depression Depression Forum 2
C Parental love and depression: has anyone else suffered from too much love? Depression Forum 6
P Depression and Boss Depression Forum 5
L depression and addiction Depression Forum 4
N Depression & Work Depression Forum 9
KittyCat92 Is there a link between depression and repetition? Depression Forum 4
C Dealing with depression as a student athlete Depression Forum 1
MeAndMyDepression How is your memory and concentration affected by depression? Depression Forum 8
jajingna When we say "I have depression" Depression Forum 3
O Is this a symptom of Depression? Depression Forum 4
Bod IF YOU SUFFER DEPRESSION PLEASE READ IT'S FOR EVERYONE Depression Forum 175
A Depression and anxiety Depression Forum 2
S Does anyone else keep trying to think their way out of depression? Depression Forum 16
B14KWTFGO_x I hate depression. Depression Forum 6
H Wearing a mask to hide depression: Depression Forum 4
D Birthday depression Depression Forum 37
stevie_sloth Anyone taken the Beck Depression or Anxiety Inventories? Depression Forum 4

Similar threads

Top