Sunday, April 29, 2007

Question Of The Week, 4/29/07

Good morning. I've seen several articles about the Second Amendment, mental illness and antidepressants every day since the shooting took place at Virginia Tech University. I was expecting them. They have got me to start wondering about something. I hope you don't mind answering this weeks Question Of The Week. How many close friends or family members do you have that are taking antidepressants?

I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

4 Comments:

Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

For some years after brain surgery, my husband had to take anti-depressants. Gradually, the doc weaned him off the meds. Sometimes my husband has a bad day, but nothing like that awful day when he was curled into a fetal postion--naked.

Another family member, of the younger generation, needs meds for bipolar. But she drinks like a fish, so the doc won't prescribe the medication.

Of course, depression is different from schizophrenia.

BTW, an excellent book about depression is The Noonday Demon. A must-read if you or a loved one suffers from depression!

6:45 AM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

My Dad took them for a short while. Also, I had a girlfriend in college who took Prozac. Other that that, no one. Then again, over here in Europe, they don't hand them out like candy as they do in the States.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

It's hard to know for sure, since people don't always tell. I'd say I've had six or seven friends or relatives who've taken anti-depressants. I also have two friends on mood stabilizers and one who takes anti-psychotic medication.

The myth of anti-depressants causing violence is because anti-depressants flip some people with an undiagnosed, underlying bipolar disorder into mania. It's not that violence is a side effect of anti-depressants, rather it's that some people diagnosed as depressed are really bipolar and people occasionally become violent when they are manic. That's why a lot of psychiatrists these days start people off on a mood stabilizer even if they seem just depressed. However I believe this is a mistake, because no one should take a mood stabilizer unless they need it. Mood stabilizers can destroy the thyroid, cause weight gain, and sometimes cause liver damage.

2:37 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

First I want to thank you for stopping by to answer this weeks question. Right off the top of my head I can think of 8 close friends and family members that are taking antidepressants. That seems like a lot/to many to me. It seems like a little bit of each of these people has gone missing since they have started taking their medication. I'm not so sure that a pill is the answer to all of their problems, but I don't claim to have it. I agree with Praguetwin,they are handed out like candy.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

11:33 PM  

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