A lot of people are resistant to taking antidepressant drugs, or are on them with the hope/goal of getting off of them as soon as possible. When people find out that I take antidepressants they often ask “when are you going to get off of them” or “are you trying to reduce your dose?” My answers are probably never and no.
Getting enough fruits and vegetables, sunshine, omega fatty acids, and vitamins will help mitigate my issues, but the can’t cure messed up brain chemistry. Trying to keep a positive attitude only works if your brain has the right chemical balance to be able to have those feelings. Maybe diet, vitamins, or ultrviolet light together or alone can allow some people to get over depression but it’s not a panacea. Also ultraviolet light = skin cancer. I’ll burn before I get enough sunlight to create my own vitamin D, unfortunately. It takes about 18 minutes of exposure to mid-day sun at the latitude where I live. I burn in less than a third of that time.
I am thankful that I have found a combination of mediation that allows me to function normally with little-to-no side effects. The reason why I can appreciate the taste of fruits and vegetables, or enjoy the sunshine is because of the drugs I take everyday.
“Of course you won’t get off of them with that attitude!”
I don’t understand the push to not take prescription drugs. They’re antidepressants, not heroin or oxycontin. They allow me to fully live my life and allow the people I care for to live with me. My doctor and I have discussed seeing if I can taper one of them down to the lowest effective dose but for now I’m happy where I am.
That’s the point right there: I’m happy. If someone wants to judge me for taking pills to help keep me happy I won’t be able to change his or her mind, but I don’t particularly care. It’s my life. I only get one; I want to make the most of it.