Keepin’ It Real…The Pros & Cons of Depression Medication
I have a chemical imbalance which requires me to take a depression medication. I have been on one for roughly 6 years and I have made the choice to stay on my medication for now. I have tried weaning off of my medication several times but always make the decision to go back on my regimen. Do I love taking medication? No. But do I think that I function much more fully and completely with it? You bet. That being said, there are still some major pros AND cons to being on a depression medication.
Here is what I’ve experienced…
- More energy
- Leveled emotions
- Greater patients with others and with myself
- Decreased anxiety
- The ability to cope in more healthy manors
- Increased concentration
- Better productivity
- Decrease in headaches
- Leaves me slightly jittery
- More difficult to sleep at night
- Not always able to cry when I feel like releasing myself
- Decrease in libido
- The feeling that I have to rely on a med to cope
I am not sure if I will be on a depression medication the rest of my life but if I am I am not going to stress about it. I would ideally love to be med free at some point but I know that in my current situation I need to remain on it. The decrease in stress, anxiety, and depression is so beneficial for my health that I am willing to deal with the Cons to reap the benefits of the pros.
I encourage you to be open minded when considering getting help for your depression and anxiety…medication may be of benefit to you.