Hiya everyone! I thought I’d let you guys know that some myths associated with antidepressants are just that, myths. They are nothing factual and merely just something to strike fear into people’s heart about antidepressants.
1. The medication you are taking are merely just “happy pills”. I’ve heard so many people refer to them as this and it’s just not true. I avoid saying they are happy pills because it just adds to the stigma that mental health isn’t all too bad and can be fixed by some small pills. They don’t make you happier. When you take the antidepressant, it’s not like you swallow and then you’re happy. For one, it doesn’t work instantly as it takes maybe a few weeks to get in your system, but secondly, it more so just makes you more numb and prone to not feeling sad. You kinda just feel empty. It does get rid of the “laziness” side of depression and allows you to feel motivated. You can finally brush your teeth again without taking up all your energy!
2. There’s an ongoing myth that deciding to take antidepressants is a sign of weakness. Not at all true!! I find it truly upsetting that some people still believe that people with depression are weak minded people. If it was easy enough to just snap out of depression then I’m pretty sure that would happen in a flash. Reaching out for mental health problems is difficult due to the stigma that they have but it’s crucial. Please realise that you asking for support isn’t a lack of strength or willpower. In fact, asking for help shows your strength. Finding the right prescription can be a difficult journey and that’s a daunting journey as it is. I would say that deciding to seek help for mental health problems and attempting to take care of yourself is the bravest thing you can do.
3. That they change your personality. When you begin taking them, they don’t exactly alter your personality but they can lead to changes in your mood or sex drive etc. It’s not changing your personality, it’s the medication doing it’s job. Prior to taking antidepressants, a depressed person is used to feeling low and struggling with extreme fatigue, it may be so different to feel anything that is divergent especially if you’ve been struggling for many a year.
Those are a couple myths associated with antidepressants and I think it’s about time that they were debunked. Let me know if you have anymore!