Just something to think about....

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Just something to think about....
Thu, 09-01-2011 - 7:41pm
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Registered: 01-20-2005
Thu, 09-01-2011 - 8:28pm

I have heard of this research before and have to wonder, if doctors shouldn't try prescribing placebos to those with milder depression and see what happens.

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Registered: 03-30-2003
Mon, 09-05-2011 - 2:29pm


I too have chronic depression, and went back on meds back last November. It was the hardest decision to make after being off for over three years.

I believe for some, they may have to be on anti-depressants for the rest of their lives, and then for some, not the case. I learned and was told that I can get off my meds too. I have been going through CBT now for about over a year and a half now. Some is a reminder and some is new to me. The fact of the matter is that the medication just relieves the symptoms so that you can lead a regular life. I learned with my own, I can eventually go off it and be okay. The reason why it didn't work the last few times, I had four relapses, the last one was really bad, was because I never learned how to manage it. I have been working hard with readings and doing the homework, therapy and being on meds for the time being to help me to get to that point. I'm now to a point where I can maybe start wean off a bit, but not completely go off yet and see how it goes. To do that, I would be seeing a doctor for this and discuss the matter.
The withdrawal symptoms are definately unpleasant, since I did put one person through a bit of a roller coaster ride as I was weaning off, but i warned about the issues of coming off. I'm currently on cymbalta, but at a low dose of 30mg. We will see.
I'm not sure if I ever had a placebo drug before, but when I was in school taking a psych course, they say that the people who were given a placebo, a sugar pill, felt they were getting better, because they were given a pill. The mind can do wonders, but I know depression is not all in your head. It is a mental illness, and medication is definately is needed for some in order to have a regular life. I know people who thanks to have the medication, because without it, they wouldn't be able to run a good life right now. Each person is different, and sometimes being on medication for life is something we must accept.

The article is interesting, thanks for sharing...

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Registered: 10-10-2007
Tue, 09-06-2011 - 9:09am

I finally had a chance to look at this, interesting.

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Registered: 11-04-1999
Wed, 09-07-2011 - 6:42am
PLEASE I am not telling anyone to go off their meds, but when I choose to, I did it gradually over months, skipped a pill one day a week, after a month, skipped 2 days spread out over a week, waiting a month, went to 3 days. But that was my choice, I researched on the internet and didn't listen to my family Doctor who would have had me off them totally in 2 weeks. But again, I am not telling anyone to go off their meds, just there is an option to do it very very slowly. Josie