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[FONT=Palatino Linotype]One thing I think people have a misconception about is that AD's make you 100% happy. I hate it when people call them "Happy Pills". People who aren't educated assume you take one and in an hour you feel euphoria or something.

What I have noticed with the AD's I've taken in the past (I've been on Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, Wellbuterin, Effexor-I've almost tried them all!) is that when they do start work you don't notice it right away. I'll take Celexa, what was my first AD to really work with minimal side effects. About a month went by and it was like all of a sudden I realized, "Whoa, I didn't overreact to that situation like I would have a month ago." You almost have to step outside yourself to observe. And sometimes you'll even notice they work when you STOP taking them. You think, "Ok, that really was helping me!"

As far as side effects, it varies from person to person. Some of the side effects I've experienced in some of them were: excessive fatigue, larger appetite (weight gain), nausea, anxiety (butterflies in my stomach), snapiness. Some go away after a few weeks, some may never go away. That's why you may have to try several types before you find what works for you.

And there's things that most people should know before going on them. Something I keep having to remind myself is life is still going to throw you curveballs and you'll have bad days still. Life will not be perfect.

Good luck and never feel ashamed to go to the doctor if you feel you need them!