5 FAQs about Major Depression Treatment

Got a question about major depression? Check out this video — we have the answers to the five most common inquiries.

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Marianne Good
Past Member 2 years ago


Diane K.
Diane K.3 years ago

Dr seems to be a drug pusher. "SSRI's" can make one suicidal if bipolar. Older anti-depressants are safer, not what she stated in this video, which I could barely finish watching.

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush3 years ago

If I'm not on my 'meds', you don't want to be around me.
In fact, I don't want to be around me.

I tried approximately 10 different ones, before I found the one that worked.

If you need anti-depressants, do yourself a favor and don't attempt to explain it to those who don't.
They can't possibly comprehend the problem. They find it arduos to understand, that all you are seeking is some sort of normalcy. You will have good days and bad days, the same as most other people, but you don't want to have suicidal days.

Carolanne Powell
Carolanne Powell3 years ago

Side effects DO NOT always get better & SSRIs can leave you with problems when attempting to stop them. She does not tell you about the electric shock type feelings, headaches & irritability that can occur. Also, you need to come off them gradually or you can relapse into a depressive episode far worse than the original episode. SSRI's have their place, along with other anti depressants but there are ALWAYS side effects on some sort (RMHN)

Steve M.
Steve McCrea3 years ago

This is not a news article - it's an advertisement for antidepressants!!!

First off, not only is there no proof that depression is caused by a "chemical imbalance," the specific "serotonin imbalance" theory that supports SSRIs was disproven back in the early 1980s! Read Robert Whitaker's "Anatomy of an Epidemic" for more details on that. I'm not saying biology isn't involved in depression, but the 'chemical imbalance' theory is 99% pharmaceutical marketing.

Second, to say that psych drugs "rebalance" these chemicals is absurd, because they actually outrageously increase the serotonin levels way beyond anybody's "normal," besides which, we don't know what a real "balance" should look like anyway. There is good evidence that long-term use of SSRIs may actually INCREASE the body's vulnerability to depression in the long run by messing with the natural processes that the brain normally engages in. (Read up on "neurological up- and down-regulation" - it's a well-known phenomenon in the addiction medicine field.)

The summary of side effects is also incredibly mild compared to reality - she doesn't even mention manic episodes or suicidal feelings, even though these are hardly rare and potentially very dangerous side effects. And she suggests that most side effects "go away" with time, which most users of SSRIs will tell you is absolutely not the case.

I am glad she mentioned some alternative approaches, but as usual, it's all considered "extra" rather than primary, e

Andy Kadir-Buxton

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Melissah Chadwick
Past Member 3 years ago


Rodrigo O.
Rodrigo O.3 years ago

Yeah really as someone else pointed out there is no real proof that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance. Your best bet in my opinion is get plenty of exercise, get plenty of omega 3's in your body and try St. John's Wort. I have to give her props though for recommending supplements and exercise at the end although I think that those should be the first things on your to do list if you suffer from depression. Something I would personally recommend is to stay away from caffeine and alcohol. Just my two cents. www.natureknow.com

SuSanne P.
SuSanne P.3 years ago

TY...I have severe manic depression OR bi polar OR...I have tried to remedy my mental*illness for decades and find the side effects close to death ALWAYS. Spirituality, Meditation, Service, and of course an EXCELLENT diet is my saving grace.

Carol Mckinnon
Carol Mckinnon3 years ago

beware of suicidal thoughts with effexor. it happened to me. I am thankful to still be alive.