Ah yes, medication. A little tablet to help relieve symptoms of any mental health disorder yet many people are too ashamed to share this with other people. Common ones prescribed are SSRI’s ( selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) they have fewer side effects but of course they do not suit everybody. They are designed to increase levels of serotonin in the body, serotonin is thought to have a good influence on emotion, mood and sleep. The theory behind it is that people who have low serotonin levels are more at risk of developing depression. SSRI’s take approx 4-6 weeks to take effect, in the mean time people can develop suicidal thoughts during this time so it’s important they are monitored by their primary care giver or mental health professional
( Psychiatrist- a Doctor trained in psychiatry, trained in the diagnosis and treatment of Mental health disorders and are trained to prescribe medications in this field)
I take a daily SSRI myself called Citalopram, I’ve tried various different SSRI’s over the years and this one so far has been the best suited, I don’t like the hideous night sweats that come with them but I’d rather that than depression so I just bear them. I’m not ashamed of taking it and maybe one day I may be able to stop taking them but that’s when I will be good and ready. Nobody should feel ashamed of taking antidepressants, I need my tablet as much as diabetic needs insulin it’s my lifeline, it keeps me on an even keel.
Most people need medication for approx 6 months, some people a little longer. I’ve been on antidepressants for the best part of 10years, due to my childhood and years of abuse it took its toll on me emotionally and after my first child was born it hit me hard. Somehow I’ve managed to hide my mental health illnesses from the children. This is a huge great effort and very much hard work, my worry is my children developing anxiety because of my display of anxiety. One thing I was told is that it’s not inherited! Phew. Bottom line is citalopram is my little best friend and for now will remain that way.