Antidepressants, Depression and Suicide

Antidepressants, Depression and Suicide

There are 161 comments on the Bellaonline.com story from May 5, 2006, titled Antidepressants, Depression and Suicide. In it, Bellaonline.com reports that:

Suicidal thoughts and depression can and have worsen in adults, children and adolescent while taking antidepressants.

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beverly

Conroe, TX

#1 May 11, 2006
I am a 52 year old women that has been taking effexor for depression, 2 month's ago i tried to commit suicide, and almost suceeded. I could not figure out why i tried to do that. Now i know, it had to be the effects of the effexor.
kristie2490

Powder Springs, GA

#2 May 11, 2006
I took Paxil several years back. It made me a zombie. I could see something sad on TV and think - this SHOULD make me cry! But nothing! I started gaining ungodly amounts of weight while taking it so I decided to stop. Immediately after stopping Id have electrical feeling shocks that would start in my head and radiate through my limbs. I felt INSANE to say the least. Id get back on them because of this... FINALLY I pressed thru and got off of them . They are DEADLY! Learn to DEAL with your problems and STAY OFF of these killer pills ! They WILL kill you if you arent strong enough!
Shoemaker

Pleasant Valley, NY

#3 May 14, 2006
Paxil is known to cause people to gain upwards of 30+ pounds. Some people simply can't handle certain antidepressant medications, as everybody's brain chemistry is different. There is no universal pill; sometimes it takes several tries to find the right one, and sometimes there is none. It is better to cope with life without being under the influence of a drug that affects the chemistry of the brain, but for some people it is impossible. Better to ask yourself if you are one of those cases.
cyberbob

AOL

#4 Jun 4, 2006
When you take Effexor, there is a period of time when the effect of the med starts to wind down. That is the window period before your next dose ewhich you have ot be careful of. I had the same experience.
It can be tough to combat. I hope your OK....
beverly wrote:
I am a 52 year old women that has been taking effexor for depression, 2 month's ago i tried to commit suicide, and almost suceeded. I could not figure out why i tried to do that. Now i know, it had to be the effects of the effexor.
metoo

Austin, TX

#5 Jun 21, 2006
cyberbob wrote:
When you take Effexor, there is a period of time when the effect of the med starts to wind down. That is the window period before your next dose ewhich you have ot be careful of. I had the same experience.
It can be tough to combat. I hope your OK....
<quoted text>
Lexapro almost killed me..suicide attempts...actually died twice on the way to the hospital...that stuff is dangerous. Instead of changing the meds...what did the doctor do? Increased the mgs, so naturally my suicide attempts increased right along with the higher dosage. I finally just went cold turkey and go off all of that crap. Still dealing with severe depression but at least I'm not in the hopsital every two weeks with suicide attempts and I'm not living in a fog any longer
foobie

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Jun 24, 2006
kristie2490 wrote:
I took Paxil several years back. It made me a zombie. I could see something sad on TV and think - this SHOULD make me cry! But nothing! I started gaining ungodly amounts of weight while taking it so I decided to stop. Immediately after stopping Id have electrical feeling shocks that would start in my head and radiate through my limbs. I felt INSANE to say the least. Id get back on them because of this... FINALLY I pressed thru and got off of them . They are DEADLY! Learn to DEAL with your problems and STAY OFF of these killer pills ! They WILL kill you if you arent strong enough!
I understand what you're saying. However, I tried dealing with my anxiety problems for 7 years with no medication. I have all the insights I will ever need. Other coping mechanisms were not effective. It was a living hell. Paxil has enabled me to cope with my anxiety. Sure, there is always a trade-off,but at least I can function. We are all different and have varied reactions to medications.
best of luck,
foobie
Pablo GDL

Mexico, Mexico

#7 Jun 25, 2006
I have had a severe depression and anxiety disorder which led me to use alcohol as an anti anxiety medication about 3 yeras ago, after my wife went through severe breast cancer and surviving after treatment. I was left with no home, no income and I had to leave the US where I found treatment for alcohol and anxiety and depression with Lexapro and clonazepam. I quit dinking for almost 3 years and Lexapro geve me an Euphoria where the world did not mean anything and I made many bad desicions such as leaving my wife, hanging out with many girlfriends and not working hard. I left the medication after two years and I felt electic shocks allover my brain while discontinuing the treatment, but I became well. After a year, I started to feel depressed again, Im now taking Celexa, and it has taken well over 2 months to begin to feel better again, the combination of Celexa with Xanax was not working, I switched to Clonazepam instead and it has allowed me to feel better just in a matter of a week! Is there any combination of Xanax and Celexa working against each other that one should be aware of? Versus Clonazepam and Celexa, why the difference? Keep trying you guys, I been in and out two times during the last 22 years of deppression, alcohol works for very short periods of time, do not dig another hole by drinking!
Bobby Pittsburgh Pa

Altoona, PA

#8 Jul 3, 2006
After reading some of these blogs it scares me I have severe depression. I am presently on celexa and Xanax it is working very well. my doctor tryed to move me up to cymbalta last year it worked very very well but had sexual side effecets I could'nt handle so Ive been on current treatment for many years, to those of you out don't give up it takes a GOOD doctor and a lot of trail and error to find something your body will handle. Don't worry about comming off of it because you shouldn't anyway.......................
Bangalee

Kingston, Canada

#9 Jul 4, 2006
I think too many of us here are obsessed with getting off the medication when it's the medicine that is keeping us going. Some antidepressants work better for some people than others so if one doesn't work that doesn't mean you should give up looking for the one that will work for YOU.

By saying "learn to deal with your problems and stay off these killer pills", this implies that people with depression have some character flaw or weakness and lack willpower. I've had more experience with depression than I care to remember, and I can say that your strength of character has little to do with it. If you've got a chemical imbalance in your brain, involving natural chemicals (serotonins) that affect your mood and emotions, then there is little you can do by "willpower" to wish this illness away.

I've tried to reason with myself to understand why I am depressed, but you can't apply logic to it. My family life is fine, I've got a job that causes me virtually no stress, I don't have to worry about not having enough money to pay the bills. I can't identify anything in my life that is causing this depression, yet here I am fighting my fourth battle with depression and still trying to find the right mix of medications.

Since I've had so many episodes of depression, I'm now told that I will have to be on an antidepressant for life. I didn't settle for the first doctor's opinion - I've now had three doctors tell me the same thing. So I've reconciled myself with having to take Celexa or some other antidepressant for the rest of my life, and I'm not even 35 yet! The only uncomfortable side-effect I've found from Celexa is that I sweat much more easily. I tried to be a hero and took myself off Celexa in October 2000 without advising my doctor. I did just fine for nearly 5 years, but in May 2005 I had to go back on it. It is now July 2006 and the Celexa has not worked for me like it did 5 years ago. My doctors tell me that is because people like me who have had multiple episodes of depression should stay on the antidepressants even when they feel like they are in remission 100%. Yes, they call recovery from depression "remission", just like they do for cancer!

So starting tomorrow I will be adding Wellbutrin to my arsenal against depression. 100 mg/day of Wellbutrin and 40 mg/day of Celexa.

The point of my long-winded post is to stop obsessing about getting off your meds as soon as possible. If you have concerns about your antidepressants causing you harm in the long-term, or about the financial burden of these medications, discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist. Even if there are long-term risks, these may far outweigh the risks of NOT being on an antidepressant. If you try to go macho like I did and treat yourself without your doctor's knowledge/approval, you might end up in the situation I'm in now, where the medicine doesn't work as well as it would have if I had just stayed on it rather than stopping it when I felt better. Celexa isn't the only antidepressant out there. If your meds are causing you unpleasant side effects that you can't live with, you and your doctor should keep working on it to find a medication (or combination of medications) in the right dose(s) that work specifically for you.
Lextastic

United States

#10 Jul 8, 2006
I came off Lexapro six months ago. Actually I've been completely off about three, it took a long time for me to taper off.(Interesting hearing the comedown effects described as "electric shocks." I thought it was like being drowned, dizzy, nauseau of the brain, like my brain was being knocked around in my head. Shocks is a great way to think of it though.) I'd been on Lexapro about five years, Effexor for six years before that. I'm 26 now, I was started on the drugs when I was 15.

I guess I wanted to know if I was really depressed. I've always doubted things I don't personally know to be true, so I guess I had to test out whether I really needed to be medicated.

Little side note here: I hadn't been exactly healthy and balanced and sane since I'd been ON the meds. I started drinking pretty heavily pretty young, partying, etc., I'd quit periodically, but I drank for the most part of those ten years--still do--and quit largely because of the blackouts I had started having when I drank on the Lexapro.

So I go off the meds, lay off the partying, and discover I'm a textbook depressive. I feel completely hopeless, I have a really hard time finding anything worth living for in the world. More than just my thoughts though (there are times when I think my depression is just extreme self-obsession & selfishness), it's physical. I'm exhausted, I feel quite literally weighed down, awkward. I cry constantly. I'm always teetering on the edge of a breakdown. Everything is sad and indicative of all that's wrong with the world.

For a while I just thought: I'm really sensitive, I see things differently, but that's ok. I'm a tortured genius, it's a gift as well as a curse. Riiiight...

I'm realizing that a) I need to stop drinking (& the other recreational drugs I use on occasion), and b) I'm depressed, people don't normally feel like this, this is not right, and if there's something I can do (take the right medication[s]) to make myself feel better I should.

Well at this point I'm rambling, I thought it was really ironic to stumble onto this blog today. I feel like I should contribute something worthwhile...

I believe we all owe it to ourselves and each other to be the best and most honest people we can be, and we should try to do good things. I personally felt like I couldn't pursue that belief and be medicated. I hate that we live in a country where we're all about taking drugs to make ourselves feel really really good, then we start to feel bad, then we take other drugs to make ourselves feel better again. Our world is pretty sh**ty right now--can't we do something about it, rather than ignoring it and popping pills to put the smiles back on our faces?

But here I am in my living room, feeling crappy, hoping with everything that I am that if I take one of those pills every morning again it'll make this feeling, this weight, go away.

Somehow I just don't think it will.
metoo

Austin, TX

#11 Jul 8, 2006
Lextastic wrote:
I came off Lexapro six months ago. Actually I've been completely off about three, it took a long time for me to taper off.(Interesting hearing the comedown effects described as "electric shocks." I thought it was like being drowned, dizzy, nauseau of the brain, like my brain was being knocked around in my head. Shocks is a great way to think of it though.) I'd been on Lexapro about five years, Effexor for six years before that. I'm 26 now, I was started on the drugs when I was 15.
I guess I wanted to know if I was really depressed. I've always doubted things I don't personally know to be true, so I guess I had to test out whether I really needed to be medicated.
Little side note here: I hadn't been exactly healthy and balanced and sane since I'd been ON the meds. I started drinking pretty heavily pretty young, partying, etc., I'd quit periodically, but I drank for the most part of those ten years--still do--and quit largely because of the blackouts I had started having when I drank on the Lexapro.
So I go off the meds, lay off the partying, and discover I'm a textbook depressive. I feel completely hopeless, I have a really hard time finding anything worth living for in the world. More than just my thoughts though (there are times when I think my depression is just extreme self-obsession & selfishness), it's physical. I'm exhausted, I feel quite literally weighed down, awkward. I cry constantly. I'm always teetering on the edge of a breakdown. Everything is sad and indicative of all that's wrong with the world.
For a while I just thought: I'm really sensitive, I see things differently, but that's ok. I'm a tortured genius, it's a gift as well as a curse. Riiiight...
I'm realizing that a) I need to stop drinking (& the other recreational drugs I use on occasion), and b) I'm depressed, people don't normally feel like this, this is not right, and if there's something I can do (take the right medication[s]) to make myself feel better I should.
Well at this point I'm rambling, I thought it was really ironic to stumble onto this blog today. I feel like I should contribute something worthwhile...
I believe we all owe it to ourselves and each other to be the best and most honest people we can be, and we should try to do good things. I personally felt like I couldn't pursue that belief and be medicated. I hate that we live in a country where we're all about taking drugs to make ourselves feel really really good, then we start to feel bad, then we take other drugs to make ourselves feel better again. Our world is pretty sh**ty right now--can't we do something about it, rather than ignoring it and popping pills to put the smiles back on our faces?
But here I am in my living room, feeling crappy, hoping with everything that I am that if I take one of those pills every morning again it'll make this feeling, this weight, go away.
Somehow I just don't think it will.
I'm right there with you. Lexapro did terrible things to me,...please hang in there.
depression101

Powder Springs, GA

#12 Jul 10, 2006
Lextastic wrote:
I came off Lexapro six months ago. Actually I've been completely off about three, it took a long time for me to taper off.(Interesting hearing the comedown effects described as "electric shocks." I thought it was like being drowned, dizzy, nauseau of the brain, like my brain was being knocked around in my head. Shocks is a great way to think of it though.) I'd been on Lexapro about five years, Effexor for six years before that. I'm 26 now, I was started on the drugs when I was 15.
I guess I wanted to know if I was really depressed. I've always doubted things I don't personally know to be true, so I guess I had to test out whether I really needed to be medicated.
Little side note here: I hadn't been exactly healthy and balanced and sane since I'd been ON the meds. I started drinking pretty heavily pretty young, partying, etc., I'd quit periodically, but I drank for the most part of those ten years--still do--and quit largely because of the blackouts I had started having when I drank on the Lexapro.
So I go off the meds, lay off the partying, and discover I'm a textbook depressive. I feel completely hopeless, I have a really hard time finding anything worth living for in the world. More than just my thoughts though (there are times when I think my depression is just extreme self-obsession & selfishness), it's physical. I'm exhausted, I feel quite literally weighed down, awkward. I cry constantly. I'm always teetering on the edge of a breakdown. Everything is sad and indicative of all that's wrong with the world.
For a while I just thought: I'm really sensitive, I see things differently, but that's ok. I'm a tortured genius, it's a gift as well as a curse. Riiiight...
I'm realizing that a) I need to stop drinking (& the other recreational drugs I use on occasion), and b) I'm depressed, people don't normally feel like this, this is not right, and if there's something I can do (take the right medication[s]) to make myself feel better I should.
Well at this point I'm rambling, I thought it was really ironic to stumble onto this blog today. I feel like I should contribute something worthwhile...
I believe we all owe it to ourselves and each other to be the best and most honest people we can be, and we should try to do good things. I personally felt like I couldn't pursue that belief and be medicated. I hate that we live in a country where we're all about taking drugs to make ourselves feel really really good, then we start to feel bad, then we take other drugs to make ourselves feel better again. Our world is pretty sh**ty right now--can't we do something about it, rather than ignoring it and popping pills to put the smiles back on our faces?
But here I am in my living room, feeling crappy, hoping with everything that I am that if I take one of those pills every morning again it'll make this feeling, this weight, go away.
Somehow I just don't think it will.
Oh You sound like ME! I too drink to feel better.(Only in the evenings) BUT I'd rather drink than be social with anyone.
Ive drank since I was about 20 (Im 37 now) It didnt effect me until I hit 30. My husband cheated. I got a new boss. The girl that he cheated with harrassed me (We got back together) He drinks too.(only at night) I took the antidepresants and coming off was HELL! The brain shocks!! I thought Id die!!I gained SO much wait on the pills and CANT get it off. Though Id rather sit in front of this pc and talk to strangers than get out into the world.(Before the trauma's I was VERY outgoing - a nervous person - but very social) I just DONT have an answer or a fix. Its an awful feeling - yes!
KC CASEY

Redmond, WA

#13 Jul 10, 2006
beverly wrote:
I am a 52 year old women that has been taking effexor for depression, 2 month's ago i tried to commit suicide, and almost suceeded. I could not figure out why i tried to do that. Now i know, it had to be the effects of the effexor.
You think people didn't try to commit suicide before they had antidepresssants? This is a disservice. Antidepressants help people. I took Prozac and it was a lifesaver the whole time everybody was saying how horrible it was and made people violent. PEOPLE COMMITTED SUICIDE BEFORE ANTIDEPRESSANTS. LET IT SINK IN.
KC CASEY

Redmond, WA

#14 Jul 10, 2006
Lextastic wrote:
I came off Lexapro six months ago. Actually I've been completely off about three, it took a long time for me to taper off.(Interesting hearing the comedown effects described as "electric shocks." I thought it was like being drowned, dizzy, nauseau of the brain, like my brain was being knocked around in my head. Shocks is a great way to think of it though.) I'd been on Lexapro about five years, Effexor for six years before that. I'm 26 now, I was started on the drugs when I was 15.
I guess I wanted to know if I was really depressed. I've always doubted things I don't personally know to be true, so I guess I had to test out whether I really needed to be medicated.
Little side note here: I hadn't been exactly healthy and balanced and sane since I'd been ON the meds. I started drinking pretty heavily pretty young, partying, etc., I'd quit periodically, but I drank for the most part of those ten years--still do--and quit largely because of the blackouts I had started having when I drank on the Lexapro.
So I go off the meds, lay off the partying, and discover I'm a textbook depressive. I feel completely hopeless, I have a really hard time finding anything worth living for in the world. More than just my thoughts though (there are times when I think my depression is just extreme self-obsession & selfishness), it's physical. I'm exhausted, I feel quite literally weighed down, awkward. I cry constantly. I'm always teetering on the edge of a breakdown. Everything is sad and indicative of all that's wrong with the world.
For a while I just thought: I'm really sensitive, I see things differently, but that's ok. I'm a tortured genius, it's a gift as well as a curse. Riiiight...
I'm realizing that a) I need to stop drinking (& the other recreational drugs I use on occasion), and b) I'm depressed, people don't normally feel like this, this is not right, and if there's something I can do (take the right medication[s]) to make myself feel better I should.
Well at this point I'm rambling, I thought it was really ironic to stumble onto this blog today. I feel like I should contribute something worthwhile...
I believe we all owe it to ourselves and each other to be the best and most honest people we can be, and we should try to do good things. I personally felt like I couldn't pursue that belief and be medicated. I hate that we live in a country where we're all about taking drugs to make ourselves feel really really good, then we start to feel bad, then we take other drugs to make ourselves feel better again. Our world is pretty sh**ty right now--can't we do something about it, rather than ignoring it and popping pills to put the smiles back on our faces?
But here I am in my living room, feeling crappy, hoping with everything that I am that if I take one of those pills every morning again it'll make this feeling, this weight, go away.
Somehow I just don't think it will.
Hang in there. Mental illness/depression is a horrible thing and for me its been a lifelong battle. And people tend to rag on you saying just snap out of it! Well, duh, why didn't I think of that. Stupid, don't they realize we don't want to feel like this. Do they honestly think anyone CHOOSES this. Many other kinds of illnesses you will get care and concern, but this just makes people tired of you. Like I said, hang in there. Hope todays better.
KC CASEY

Redmond, WA

#15 Jul 10, 2006
metoo wrote:
<quoted text>I'm right there with you. Lexapro did terrible things to me,...please hang in there.
I don't think that taking Lexapro and large amounts of alcohol is a fair assessment for whether Lexapro works or not. More than likely, the combination made things what they were. He/she should try again without the booze. Booze is self medicating. There's a reason why they say not to drink when you take these meds.
KC CASEY

Redmond, WA

#16 Jul 10, 2006
depression101 wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh You sound like ME! I too drink to feel better.(Only in the evenings) BUT I'd rather drink than be social with anyone.
Ive drank since I was about 20 (Im 37 now) It didnt effect me until I hit 30. My husband cheated. I got a new boss. The girl that he cheated with harrassed me (We got back together) He drinks too.(only at night) I took the antidepresants and coming off was HELL! The brain shocks!! I thought Id die!!I gained SO much wait on the pills and CANT get it off. Though Id rather sit in front of this pc and talk to strangers than get out into the world.(Before the trauma's I was VERY outgoing - a nervous person - but very social) I just DONT have an answer or a fix. Its an awful feeling - yes!
I drank too, to cover up the pain and the terrible fears and anxities. But like everyone, eventually the booze quits working and the fear kicks in bigger than ever. Its a hell some never escape from. Whatever is wrong with me, I know drinking isn't the answer.
KC CASEY

Redmond, WA

#17 Jul 10, 2006
beverly wrote:
I am a 52 year old women that has been taking effexor for depression, 2 month's ago i tried to commit suicide, and almost suceeded. I could not figure out why i tried to do that. Now i know, it had to be the effects of the effexor.
PEOPLE KILLED THEMSELVES AND STILL DO EVERYDAY WHO ARE NOT TAKING ANTIDEPRESSANTS. DON'T blame it on your antidepressants. You could be worse without it. Remember: people kill themselves everyday and they are not on antidepressants so to say they are the cause is obviously flawed thinking.
Serah

AOL

#18 Jul 11, 2006
After taking pain pills for years for the pain I have from depression the doctor said I should get on Celexa ASAP that it would help the physical pain and fatique from depression. Does anyone have body aches and fatique from their depression like I do? He said it will give me energy and help my pain go away, or make me view my pain differently, was what he said. Is Cymbalta much like Celexa in reliewing pain as well as depression?
Bobby Pittsburgh Pa wrote:
After reading some of these blogs it scares me I have severe depression. I am presently on celexa and Xanax it is working very well. my doctor tryed to move me up to cymbalta last year it worked very very well but had sexual side effecets I could'nt handle so Ive been on current treatment for many years, to those of you out don't give up it takes a GOOD doctor and a lot of trail and error to find something your body will handle. Don't worry about comming off of it because you shouldn't anyway..........
Serah

AOL

#19 Jul 11, 2006
Yes, maybe the high suicide rate would be less if more people tried anti depressants instead of self medicating themselves with alcohol and other chemicals. The suicide risk from taking anti depressants is suppose to be for children and teenagers, but reports are always changing. Maybe its when people combine drugs or drink alcohol with their anti depressants that it increases suicide thoughts.
KC CASEY wrote:
<quoted text>PEOPLE KILLED THEMSELVES AND STILL DO EVERYDAY WHO ARE NOT TAKING ANTIDEPRESSANTS. DON'T blame it on your antidepressants. You could be worse without it. Remember: people kill themselves everyday and they are not on antidepressants so to say they are the cause is obviously flawed thinking.
everydaystruggle

Austin, TX

#20 Jul 12, 2006
Serah wrote:
Yes, maybe the high suicide rate would be less if more people tried anti depressants instead of self medicating themselves with alcohol and other chemicals. The suicide risk from taking anti depressants is suppose to be for children and teenagers, but reports are always changing. Maybe its when people combine drugs or drink alcohol with their anti depressants that it increases suicide thoughts.
<quoted text>
My history showed that the drugs did, in fact cause me to try and commit suicide 6 times. Each time I tried to kill myself the doctor would INCREASE my dosage. I kept telling him that the medication was a huge problem, yet he continued to increase the mgs. With each increased dosage my suicidal ideation increased until finally I went cold turkey from all the meds. I am much older than a teen and can be proof that suicide ideation does not only happen with younger kids when taking these medications. I have been free from any psychotropic drug for a little over a year. I will say that in that time, I feel a renewed need to return to some medication as my black hole syndrome is back again. This time I will be much more attentitive and and educated on any drug they attempt to give me. I have learned the hard way to do my own homework and not be afraid to stand up to a doctor and tell them over and over if necessary that the med is not working.

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