Originally Posted by sunshine x x
I have been on and off my meds since I was about 20! At the moment i've gone back on Prozac as just split with boyfriend and have felt the old feelings of depression slowly coming back, I know my body pretty well and thought i'd do somehting about it before it really bacame a big problem like in the past. Now i'm feeling alot better after taking them for 4 weeks i'm not constantly crying, or feeling as depressed and worthless anymore I feel kind of calm and numb and I guess a little emotionless! What im wondering is are the meds just numbing everything and hiding how I really feel, once I come off them will all the emotions come flooding back and are the meds just putting off me having to deal with everything.
Would greatly appreciate any advice.
I think it depends. If you (general audience) are severely depressed then an antidepressant will pull you back out of the pit so you CAN deal with any issues. When you're at the deepest end of the pool struggling, it's very hard to work on issues. It's much easier to work on them when your feet are touching the bottom of the pool and you can breathe. That's what I think meds can
help with (but don't always)--getting one on firm footing.
Therapy is helpful, but if you are battling the depression it is really hard to take in other information, or see reality from the same place you normally would. Depression is like trying to see through mud. Once you get out of the mud, your perception is different. If meds help with that, great. If therapy helps with that, great. And rumor has it that the combination of meds and therapy is best.
With grief and loss......my experience is I could still cry and grieve--it just didn't run away with me. I could cope. --with meds that is.