sincerely, a person who has been on prozac for 9 years
this is in response to some shitty stuff i’ve seen on my dash recently. it’s super simplified, so if you’d like to know some more indepth stuff on how exactly it works, google it—OR BETTER YET actually talk to a mental health doctor psychiatrist person wowThis is a good simplification of SSRIs but… it’s important to remember that not all anti-depressants are SSRIs, and that SSRIs can be used to treat a wide variety of things, not just depression!
Additionally, while SSRIs and drugs classified as anti-depressants aren’t addicting, some psych meds *are* (lookin’ at you, tranquilizers) so if you are worried about that, make sure to inquire with your psychiatrist about this.
Also depending on your family history or your diagnosis or a bunch of things, you *might* be prescribed mood stabilizers! For example, if you are depressed but you have a family history of bipolar disorder, SSRIs have been known to trigger that and so they may work to put you on mood stabilizers first/instead! There is nothing wrong with mood stabilizers either.
And of course, your mileage may vary. When OP says SSRIs aren’t numbing, they mean when you have found the correct meds or cocktail of ‘em—meds can make you feel numb, hazy, and dull! But those are side effects. In some, they’re just transitionary feelings while your brain gets used to everything. If they stick around, then you switch meds if possible. But if functioning “correctly”, this should happen! And don’t be afraid—side effects can seem ridiculous, just like with *literally every other type of medication*, so you just have to keep an eye on them to find what works for you.
good commentary a+++ thank you