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Depression: Getting Tweaked

As someone who struggles with clinical depression, I feel for Head Nurse. In this post she talks about coming to grips with her depression and the drawbacks of mood medication. Read on:
Y'know, the hardest thing to deal with when you're a freshly-diagnosed or freshly-re-medicated depressive is this: You will have to do this for The Rest Of Your Life. Santa ain't gonna put normal brain chemistry into your stocking some Christmas. We are all stuck with the brains we have; some require more tweaking than others, and it's the thought of tweaking at intervals until I'm dead that daunts me.

But tweaking is better than depressed. Depressed is boring as hell; tweaking at least is interesting.

Side effects suck, too. I mean, I'm 40 pounds heavier than when I started this whole shebang; just tapering from 150 to 137.5 mg of Effexor showed me that the antidepressant is mostly to blame. My appetite is gone.
Stories like this make me proud of my decision to combat my depression with healthy diet, exercise, and therapy—no drugs for me. Not a bad idea when you consider Tuesday’s post about antidepressants and bone breaks.

Since depression is a popular topic, here are all of DiseaseProof’s posts on the subject:
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Jude - January 28, 2007 2:21 PM

I do not regret having taken anti-depressants when there seemed to be no other way to deal with my depression. My daughter is now on anti-depressants, and I can see that she will need medication for the rest of her life because she is bipolar and not fun to be around unless she's on medication. However, I am grateful that I no longer have to take anti-depressants. All drugs are horrible.

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