16 Things No One Tells You About Taking Antidepressants
"Asking for help when you feel like you can't go on is one of the strongest things you can do."
We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most annoying misconceptions people have about taking antidepressants. Here's what they want you to know.
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1. Antidepressants work differently for different people.
2. And it requires a lot of trial and error to find the right fit sometimes.
3. It's just like taking medication for any physical illness.
4. They aren't magic pills that make you happy all the time.
5. Yes, they might affect your sex drive.
6. "Are you off your meds?" is pretty much the most annoying and inappropriate question ever.
7. The first few days on antidepressants might be a little rocky.
8. You don't have to reach a certain "low" to need them.
9. You don't necessarily need to be on them forever.
10. But if you do need to be on them for a long time, there's nothing wrong with that either.
11. They're not meant to turn you into a zombie.
"Before I took them I felt like I was living under a wet blanket that I couldn't lift no matter how hard I tried. Once the antidepressants started working, I vividly remember thinking, 'Oh, these are what emotions are!' Antidepressants help me have 'normal' moods. That means I experience the full range of emotions, from good to bad. I just have more control over them now."