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Panic attacks/Depression Anti-depressants a bad choice?



New member
Mar 21, 2015
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.


Nov 25, 2014
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?


Well-known member
Jun 6, 2014
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.


Well-known member
Oct 19, 2009
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,
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