Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Do antidepressants work? Who cares? I'm still taking them.

So there's a "new study" out that says standard SSRIs only really work for the most severely depressed patients. That improvement in those taking them who are less seriously depressed is not more significant than a placebo. Well, as someone on fluoxetine (Prozac), I say, "Fuck you, British scientists." I don't care if it's a placebo effect, something's working. I went without my meds for about a year and did okay, but when I thought I needed to go back on, I did. There's no shame in that. I don't care if the relief I feel from my symptoms is all in my head, um, so is depression, so who cares? If I think I need pills to function and not constantly feel like shit, then I'm going to use them. If scientists say they don't really work, it doesn't really affect whether or not they really work for me. Do you see what I'm saying? Get out of my medicine cabinet, scientists! My chemical dependence is none of your beeswax.

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