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
Signal boosting this so hard. I missed years of my life because I stopped taking my meds and I stopped being able to function.
I’m not completely better, but I have a life. I have friends who aren’t shitty. I have learned how to survive my bad days entirely unscathed! Sad still happens, but it is so much better to be sad with a nextflix marathon and a cup of tea than it is to be sad with self hatred.
I would like to note that some antidepressants are mood stabilizers because they have other functions and are used for bipolar patients. SSRIs can also be used by individuals with anxiety because serotonin (along with some other chemicals) helps to reduce anxiety.
There is also a class of medication called SSNRIs, (Selective Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors) which work on both serotonin and norepinephrine, and these can be used with severe depression or for other mood disorders, including bipolar disorder. SSNRIs include Cymbalta, Effexor, Duloxetine, and others.
If you’ve tried several SSRIs and they haven’t helped, you might need and SSNRI. Also worth noting is that sometimes you need an SSRI in conjunction with other medication, including anti-anxiety medications. So don’t give up if one or two SSRIs don’t work! It can sometimes take years to find the right mixture!