Antidepressant Drugs

In case you are curious about how some antidepressant drugs and medications work, I am going to tell you my own experiences as well as giving you the generic “some people have these side effects” schpiel.    As I have mentioned elsewhere on this site, I am absolutely one of those people for whom antidepressant medications have very little effect, so I tend to ONLY experience the side effects without the benefit.   Also, I personally do not believe in the “you have to feel worse before you feel better” theory of waiting out the weird side effects to let the medication “get into your system.”  Why is that only a thing for the mental health community and nowhere else?   If you had an infection and you went to a doctor and got antibiotics, would the doctor say “you are going to feel so much worse for a month until these antibiotics get into your system”?   No, that is crazy and no doctor would say that.   I truly believe that if a medication is going to work, it is going to work right away.  THAT IS MY PERSONAL OPINION AND BELIEF, and I am not trying to get you to share it or to go off of your meds or encourage you to quit your medication trial.    I am not doing that AT ALL.

There are several different types (classes) of antidepressants.    They are:

Tricyclics:  this would be things like tofranil (imipramine),

With all that said, here are my experiences with a number of different antidepressants.   Some of them are scary.

Cymbalta (Duloxetine)

Paxil (Paroxetine)