Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pros and Cons of Using Anti-Depressants and Marijuana

The feeling of never being good enough. You look at the world and see everyone else around you succeeding in their career, succeeding at life but you are just not good enough; you’re not worthy of having that success of being content. You are constantly doubting yourself and you feel overwhelming sadness more than you feel contentment or happiness.  This short synopsis is what depression really feels like and today I am going to discuss the use of antidepressants and treating your depression with medication.
Depression Treatment with Marijuana leaves


In one of my old posts, Depression: The Truth, I wrote about what it was like to live with severe depression and how it can affect your life. It’s more than just feeling blue after a bad break up; depression affects your entire life for most of your life.


Some people believe in treating depression with medications while others don’t want to medicate and prefer to suffer through the symptoms of depression on a regular basis.


I have been on Effexor for the last 7+ years. Wow, I didn’t realize it has been that long but I guess it has. It has just become a part of my life now.


Pros and Cons of Anti-depressants


Pros:


  • Once you get the correct medication and dosage for your body, it can be life changing
  • I don’t hate my life every single day like I used to
  • I don’t have horrid mood swings like I used to
  • I don’t cry at the drop of a hat like I used to
  • Most days I enjoy my life and I can see the good in it again
  • I deal with most things calmly instead of breaking down into an anxious mess


Cons:


  • It can take a lot of trial and error to find the medication that works with your brain chemistry
  • They have alot of side effects including: loss of libido, weight gain, dizziness, excess sweating, insomnia, changes in vision, rise in blood pressure, brain “zaps”
  • If you suddenly stop taking anti-depressants or forget to take them, side effects may worsen
  • Can be costly if you don’t have good insurance


I admit I don’t always remember to take my depression medication. I try to remember every day to take them because I know if I don’t there will be consequences. If I forget to take them for a couple of days I notice a huge shift in my mood. I will become more moody and cry over every small thing (imagine P.M.S. crying X 1000).


I really don’t like having to depend on medication, and earlier this year I attempted to wean myself off of my anti-depressant. I thought that if I worked through the initial shift in my brain maybe I could deal with my depression better. I’ve been through a lot over the last 4 years and realized how strong I really am which made me think I could overcome all of this depression shit.


Big Mistake.


My moods were out of control. I went from one extreme to the other and my kids even began commenting on how grumpy and snappy I had become. I was miserable and I was making everyone around me miserable with my mood swings so I had to go back to chemical treatments for depression. It was overwhelming. I was disappointed that I had to go back to the meds but I couldn’t deal with the craziness any longer.


Marijuana for Depression


I’ve researched and written many articles on the numerous benefits of Marijuana in treating a variety of illnesses. Depression is one of the many illnesses Marijuana can be effective in treating and it is a much safer alternative.


Before going on my depression medication, I turned to Marijuana for treating it. I am a big advocate for legalization of Marijuana for this reason.


I would have an anxiety induced panic attack, crying hysterically feeling like my life was worthless and I was the most pathetic human being on the face of the earth… until I smoked some weed. Marijuana was the only thing that could calm me down and bring me back down to reality. It would stop the mood swings, it made me calmer and happier.


It also helped me to be more patient, get better and deeper sleep, and just enjoy life more.


Unfortunately, right now, using Marijuana on a regular basis is not an option for me. I live in a state where it is still illegal, and it is not readily available. Plus my kids are older now and I have to be more careful with what I do in the same house with them.

It’s a shame that using Marijuana to treat depression isn’t an option for me. I’m not going to make this a pro-Marijuana post but if I could use weed regularly, I would go off of my meds in a second. It is definitely a much safer alternative. I wouldn’t have to deal with the shitty side effects of the antidepressants and the withdrawal symptoms if I miss a pill here and there. I wouldn’t be pumping my body full of addictive chemicals, either. I also wouldn't have to wait for the pills to begin working. The effects are immediate with Marijuana.

You don’t have to suffer with depression forever. Sometimes our brains lack certain chemicals that we need in order for us to function properly. Put your stubbornness aside and get help for dealing with depression. If you have a good doctor, medication and treatment can make a world of difference in your quality of life. Don’t suffer in silence for the rest of your life; be proactive and do something about it. Anti-depressants can improve your life significantly.

Do you have an experience with using anti-depressants? Let's talk about it in the comments!

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