Many people with depressive disorders let their fears of antidepressants, which may have been born of their belief in its fiction, keep them from taking these prescription medications. This is such a shame because, along with psychotherapy and support, antidepressants like Prozac are among the most effective treatments for depression!
Let’s take a look at the fears that surround antidepressants including their use. When you finish reading, you will find that antidepressants can be your best friend in coping with depression provided regular consultations and proper use are adopted.
Fear: Antidepressants Turn You into Another Person
Many people even say that antidepressants will turn you into a zombie! But this isn’t true because antidepressants will not affect your personality when these are taken correctly. Instead, these will make you feel better about yourself so that you are better able to return to your normal level of functioning.
If you feel a loss of emotions (i.e., apathy or indifference), you should tell your doctor about it. Your doctor may have to reduce the dose or recommend another antidepressant.
You will also not forget about your life issues when you’re on antidepressants. If this were so, then more and more people will be on antidepressants, whether they have depression or not. But the proper use of antidepressants will contribute to better coping strategies for dealing with life issues.
Emphasis must be made that people without clinical depression will not feel better after they have taken antidepressants, even when they have the blues. Most of them will even experience side effects, such as headaches.
Fear: Antidepressants Will Ruin Sex
There’s a grain of truth in it because certain antidepressants can affect sex in people who take them. But there’s an ironic twist here, too, since the typical problem lies in achieving orgasm, not in the absence of sexual desire.
You may, for example, still enjoy a healthy libido yet experience difficulty in orgasm, which necessitates a visit to your doctor. You may be referred to a specialist, such as a sex therapist or an urologist, depending on the other underlying causes.
There’s also the fact that depression itself can decrease libido. So, a prescription drug that alleviates the symptoms of depression will also likely improve sex life! You may not notice it within weeks of taking your doctor-prescribed antidepressants but it will probably come.
The bottom line: Antidepressants have their side effects and drug interactions, which are also common in prescription and over-the-counter medications. The trick is in working with your doctor in finding the best types and dosage of antidepressants that will ease your symptoms and, hopefully, result in your complete treatment.