Do anti-depressants make you more outgoing and do they help for social anxiety?By admin
If you have ever taken or known somebody who has taken anti-depressants what was your experience?
1) Did they work
2) Do you have to take them forever
3) If you no longer feel like socializing does it help this problem
4 Looking at my situation do you think they would help me?
All of my life I’ve been depressed more often than not. I just started university and although I’m interested in what I’m doing I find my self skipping classes and not having the motivation to go. I’ve withdrawn from a lot of my friends and am always inventing excuses not go hang out because i feel like in my current state i would not be much fun. At work I’m very anti-social i just do my work don’t make small talk and than go home. The worst part is that I know that this is not me, in high school and college I was very social in spite of my depression i was still able to maintain a very good social life. I feel as if I’m ruining my life by being so withdrawn… I have also become very mistrusting of people and tend to resent everybody for no reason…
Another problem I have is social anxiety is their a medication that works for both depression and social anxiety?
I have been on anti-depressants most of my life now so I’ll tell you directly from my experience.
It sounds like you have a lot of the same issues I have with the social anxiety and stuff and the simple answer is YES, anti-depressants (or some other form of medication) can help tremendously!
The drugs themselves don’t MAKE you more social… but when you’re happier, you tend to want to be around people more and that’s what helps. Some organizations that prescribe meds even have events and activities planned every once in a while or a couple times a week because there are a lot more of "us" than people think. It really helps when you know other people are dealing with the same things you are.
The hardest part is finding what’s right for you, a dose that works, or even a combination of drugs that works right.
That is the absolute worst part of it. When they/you do find the right combination though, it’s almost like a miracle. When you can’t feel anything different (aka-you don’t feel like you’re on drugs) and you feel social and happy and energetic again, like you used to. Then you’ve found it.
Head Meds (as I affectionately call them) are NOT supposed to make you feel different. They aren’t "happy pills" or "downers" or whatever people use them illegally for. They’re just supposed to get the chemicals back into balance or make sure they stay balanced – so you can feel like the person you are.
Anyone who has experience with depression or anxiety or any other mental illness like that knows what I mean.
As for whether or not you have to stay on them forever… I do. I was in a car accident when I was 17 and I had a head injury. I’m also bi-polar. It differs from person to person. Most people are on them short-term, others longer. Either way, I wish you luck, and I hope you get a good doctor who can help you.