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I was recently diagnosed with depression. I was prescribed with medication but now I stopped taking them because I think I’m fine. Will I ever feel “fine” again? Cause I feel like I can't believe myself

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Last Updated: 04/06/2020 at 10:53pm
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Anonymous
March 30th, 2020 9:58pm
Mood altering medication usually takes, at minimum, 2 years to alter, or "fix" your brain chemistry. If you feel well now, that means it's working! Or it could be a placebo effect. However, either way, it's best to continue taking the medication as prescribed, and keep in touch with your health care provider. I don't know if you've had side effects at the beginning of taking the medication or not, but those are terrible to get time and time again if you're not taking it regularly. Either way, following up with your physician is a good idea. If you think you're fine, but wondering, 'if [you] will ever feel fine again', then you're probably not doing as well as you think you are. Try to be honest with yourself about how you're feeling. Maybe write a journal, or jot notes, or take a voice recording of yourself rambling, to become more in tune with yourself. Writing yourself a letter, or someone else to whom you'd never send it, even a mythical person, can help get down on paper that which you don't know you need to say, or hear. Medication is a tool, in your arsenal, to help you get better. You're not weak or broken, for taking medication or asking for help. You're giving yourself the care you need. Now give yourself the space, and the time. I promise, it will be worth it.
Anonymous
April 3rd, 2020 1:38pm
I myself was also diagnosed with depression a couple of years ago, i tried everything to help before medication such as counceling; however nothing worked, after becoming diagnosed with post pardum depression when m y son was born was when i knew i needed to try something better, I was started on medication and felt so much better, but stopping them when i was feeling "fine" wasn't what i needed, I do thing being on medication is a good thing and it does not make you a vulnrable or bad person or dependant on medication just because it is helping you feel better. Deprssion is a hard thing to deal with and all though medication does not need to be long term if it was helping then i think you deserve to feel fine. You have a purpose to do so in life, believe that you are wonderful person and it will be possible to feel fine once more.
Anonymous
April 3rd, 2020 6:35pm
That sounds tough. Depression is a very long and difficult path. I'm sorry that you're going through this. Depression does this thing to us called "negative filtering" in which we can only focus on the negative. It also does this thing called "catastrophizing" where we feel like every tiny thing is a huge deal. And it really does feel like it is! I can't promise you if you'll ever feel "fine" again. But I can tell you that it's hard work. It takes a lot of effort. You have to identify these thoughts and challenge them. You have to step out of your comfort zone. You have to fight for yourself. We can all try and help you, but only you can help yourself. Feeling fine is very much possible, but you have to work at it. There will be ups and downs, as their are with everything.
positiveFriend5356
April 6th, 2020 10:53pm
I am sorry you went through this. Depression is a very difficult illness to go through and the fact you're starting to feel better is amazing! Recovery is hard, you get through ups and downs a a lot. I can see that you're confused about you're feelings. But I promise you it does get better! Never stop fighting and if you are unsure about how you are feeling I would advice you to ask you're doctor or parent. Never stop believing in yourself. I hope you get through this and I am very happy that you seeked for help. Stay strong.