View Full Version : Anti-depressants. Who are they for?
10-21-2000, 12:58 PM
Are they meant to only be taken by those who are clinically depressed (ie Chemical imbalance in their brain), or those who are just having a shit of a time (or both)?
10-21-2000, 02:12 PM
Antidepressants are for endogenous depression. (Chemical imbalance.) They really aren't supposed to be used to treat exogenous or reactive depression (i.e., your girlfriend breaks up with you.) They're more of a long term treatment.
10-21-2000, 02:26 PM
Although girlfriend breaking up with you can trigger borderline personallity disorder, or other forms of depression. Then they put you on meds.
10-21-2000, 04:05 PM
A lot of antidepressants are used to treat other things - migraines, for example.
Qadgop the Mercotan
10-21-2000, 06:29 PM
the new selective seritonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants are also being found helpful in such previously difficult to treat disorders such as obsessive-compulsive behavior (continuous hand-washing or hair pulling), and anhedonia (relative inability to experience pleasure).
10-21-2000, 06:49 PM
OCD isn't just handwashing. It basically consists of total irrational fears-even when the person KNOWS that they are irrational-and then compulsions-trying to protect oneself.
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