Tablets or no tablets for depression/anxiety?

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‘Are pills really the answer?’

So as you will know from previous posts I’ve been on a variety of anti depressants and beta blockers since I was about 16 to help calm my depression and anxiety symptoms. Over the years I’ve been on so many different medications to try and combat  my symptoms with little to no effect that at times I was convinced they were all just a placebo and would never ever feel better.

I’ll always remember when I first built up the courage to tell someone about my feelings and visit my GP, it was the first time in months I’d seen a hint a light at the end of the dark tunnel I now know as depression, anyone who has suffered from any sort of mental health issue will know how hard it is to tell your GP for the first time, all sorts of crazy thoughts run through your mind about how they’ll perceive you. I was so happy after getting it all out but one thing that shocked me more than anything was how quickly my GP prescribed me a bunch of pills, after a quick 15 maybe 20 minute appointment. So very reluctantly I started taking my prescribed pills but now when I think back I’m really shocked at the fact that no other option was offered to me, to help me feel better and how incredibly quick I was told that the pills would pretty much change it all.

So as reluctant as I was I told myself I’d do anything to feel better and anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m one of these people who is perhaps overly careful when it comes to taking medication weather it has been prescribed to me or not, I will spend hours upon hours reading information leaflets and over analysing every possible side effect. I did eventually start my Fluoxetine and because I’d never taken anti depressants before I think I was sort of expecting some sort of mirical happy pill so after nearly a year of persisting with them I was incredibly disappointed when nothing had changed, So I went back the doctors expecting them to hopefully offer me some better forms of support but once again I was just asked a form filled with questions and handed some more pills.

It wasn’t until about 3 years ago after being completely fed up of taking pill after pill that I decided to do my own research into other forms of help and found that I could get loads of different therapies through GP referral. So after waiting lists and fighting to prove I needed the help, I finally started seeing councillors and then eventually moved onto a CBT therapist which I truly believe is the best thing I could’ve ever done, I’m now almost virtually OCD free thanks to that amazing women 😀 After my 12 weeks of CBT I was over the moon at how much it has seemed to help but also upset and angry that I’d spent years on numerous tablets that had little effect on my mood and no sort of emotional support, when if I’d of been offered therapy sooner I may not of needed to go through all the physical and emotional effects the tablets seem to bring with them.


The point to me writing this post isn’t for me to slate the use of medication because I’m really not against using tablets to help with mental health issues because I really do think that I wouldn’t be where I am now without them but I just think that pills shouldn’t be handed out so quickly without any proper support or advice. I’d love to know what you guys think, Have you found medication helpful for you? or Have you found better ways to deal with your depression/anxiety rather than medication?


12 thoughts on “Tablets or no tablets for depression/anxiety?

  1. I was on Fluoxatine for 6 months for depression and it did nothing for me either. It was only when I figured out the reason I was feeling overwhelmed and worthless from struggling with simple actions due to fatigue, balance, memory and co-ordination problems was due to demylination (progressive nerve damage) that I strangely felt more positive. Two years later I’ve still not been offered consistent treatment yet but at least I know I’m a bit crap at everything for an actual reason! Those things are part of me and that’s ok :o)

    I do think peoples mental health can be helped massively by counselling, CBT and realising that we are able to learn a different perspective and reaction to situations, we usually struggle with.

    I referred to CBT by my Dr 3 years ago but on the first meeting the therapist browbeat me into being a case study for his student who was still at uni and said it was actually her who’d be my therapist instead of him. So I walked out, went online and studied the theory and did mental/emotional exercises myself!

    I’m so glad you are feeling more optimistic after having CBT :o)

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    • Aww it is awful that you still haven’t been offered any proper forms of treatment, they take forever don’t they but like you said having a reason sort of makes it that little bit better for you to deal with!

      I can’t believe they threw that at you on your first meeting, I’ll always remember my first meeting, I was an absolute mess and wouldn’t of been able to deal with that happening to me. Good on you for going home and studying it yourself, that must of took a lot of determination! 🙂


      • I was so indignant and angry I thought, “I could do a better job myself, oh wait…I’ll try.”

        Yeah I’ve gone through three different Neurologist because they just keep coming and going and passing on their patients to the next one.

        Your positive out look but also recognising when you might need help and seeking it out, is what good mental health is all about, I reckon. Sounds like you are very determined yourself :0)


      • Yeah I hate that being passed from pillar to post like you just don’t matter, fingers crossed they will get there act together and help you!

        Yeah definitely I spent a long time in my life feeling like I couldn’t admit I found things hard but once I admitted I was struggling that’s when things slowly started to improve 🙂


  2. I took Sertraline for three days last spring for really bad anxiety and it pretty much instantly made me depressed. The doctor told me I might feel a bit down before feeling up but I couldn’t do it. This wasn’t a “bit down,” it was full out depression. I couldn’t do it. I was losing myself even further than before the pills. I never went back to them and, with the help of my counseling center at school, turned to a cranial electotherapy device that I ultimately helped me get through the rest of the semester and pull out of my anxiety.
    Medication is great for some people, but it certainly wasn’t for me.


    • I’ve been on sertraline for my depression for over 2 years now and although it hasn’t ‘cured’ me, I feel it’s the best type of medication I’ve been on. It’s strange how some meds work for certain people and not for others isn’t it. I’m so glad though that although medication wasn’t for you, you do feel that you got the right type of support! 🙂


      • Perhaps I could have found another medication that would have worked for me. I know it can take a few times to find one that does the trick. One of my friends takes Sertraline too, and I know it works for her. I was just too scared after that experience to try anything else. Right now I’m at a place where my anxiety isn’t super bad, but maybe in the future if it gets worse again, I’ll want to try medication again.
        I’m glad you found the right medication for you, though!


      • Yeah I don’t blame you for being scared after the first experience I was lucky really I didn’t have too many side effects but since taking sertraline my hair has got really thin, apparently the main side effect is hair loss. I’d like to get off it all completely though if I could so hopefully then my hair will gain some thickness!


  3. I started seeing a therapist a few months back and she offered me some medication but gave me an advice against them. I was in a affirmatory mode before that regarding pills but then I decided against them and thought why not try fighting with my conscience for a few months and see if I can improve myself. I started communicating about every problem I thought I can get help on, and found it best. Sometimes, I am still hesitant about communicating with my family or my therapist about a specific thing, but communication relaxes me, Of course, it depends from person to person.


    • Yeah my therapist wasn’t too keen on medication either but I’d already been taking meds by the time I saw any type of therapist sadly, looking back now I sometimes wish I would’ve tried a little harder to stay off medication but like you said talking really does help me once I actually build up the courage to let it all out.

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