Find out if antidepressants are effective

Jonah Lester
Find out if antidepressants are effective

We are going to talk about antidepressants, anxiolytics and if they really are as effective as they seem or many people are over-medicated.


  • Antidepressants
  • The role of the psychologist
  • Face problems
  • Combine therapy and medication
    • Let's reflect


We are not going to treat all the medications that exist, because there are many, but we are going to talk about the best known such as Alprazolam or Diazepam, which are the ones that are more focused on treating anxiety.

We also have some well-known antidepressants such as duloxetine, which is a selective norepinephrine and serotonin reuptake inhibitor, and we also have paroxetine, which is only a serotonin reuptake inhibitor.

When someone enters a state of sadness, depression, restlessness, melancholy, and feels carried away by this wave that overtakes them, they go to the psychiatrist with the hope that their problem will be solved.

In many cases, these medications can come in handy to help us, such as crutches to get out of that state, out of that well of sadness, but in most cases, what is hidden behind a low mood, after a depression , after a restlessness, it is a lack of ability to face the day to day.

The role of the psychologist

Psychologists meet many people who, despite taking antidepressants or anxiolytics, in the morning to face the day, and when they go to bed to sleep peacefully, they comment to you and say that, even so, they are not happy. Perhaps they are somewhat calmer, but they are not happy, because the basic problem has not been solved.

If what makes you unhappy is the way of life you have, your work, your environment, if you see that all that makes you unhappy, perhaps the problem is not in the environment, but in you, in your way of facing that what's wrong with you and a pill is not going to help you solve that.

We have to reflect on whether the pill can really help us to solve conflicts, because the vast majority of negative moods come from the fact that we do not have adequate tools to face day-to-day problems.

Face problems

If we fail one exam after another, perhaps the problem is that we do not have the appropriate tools to study, or that we do not have the most appropriate study method, so it is surreal to think that a pill can help us pass an exam. In this case, we have to change the study method, dedicate more hours, or fewer hours but with better quality, and we will pass that exam.

That is what happens to us in life, we have to face complicated family situations, problems with our friends or partner, work difficulties, in short, everyday situations of the day to day, bills to pay, and many other situations.

Many people, these types of commitments or responsibilities, make them very nervous, they do not know how to face them. Many people cannot face a new job because they are scared, or they are not able to get on an elevator, in short, any type of problem related to their relationship, lack of communication, etc..

All these adverse situations gradually accumulate and undermine our mood, our self-esteem and joy of living diminish, and we resort to what we think is easier, which are pills, antidepressants..

Combine therapy and medication

Paroxetine or doloxetine can increase our levels of serotonin at the brain level, but the problem is still out there, or rather it is still within us, in our environment coping mechanism.

The important thing is to know how to combine the two things, it is not a matter of rejecting medication 100%, nor is it a matter of rejecting psychology 100%, because there are psychiatrists who reject psychological therapy, stating that the solution to this type of problem is medication.

It's about reaching a balance. If the person needs medication at first, such as crutches like the one who learns to walk again, or like the one who learns a new skill, they may need to be helped at first, like the one who learns to swim with floats, to help to get up, to take the first steps.

In this scenario, the medication would be very good initially, so as not to have that anxiety, increase those levels of happiness a little and combine it with therapy so that we have that necessary tool to face life, and that these problems do not cause us so much discomfort.

Let's reflect

It is necessary to reflect on whether it is really necessary to medicate so much. There are patients who arrive over-medicated to the psychologist's office, they arrive asleep, almost unable to reason or think clearly, with a very slow speed of reasoning, lost eyes, ...

In these cases, this overmedicalization hides a problem that cannot be tackled. From here and we send a message to all the "actors", since it is important to know how to maintain a balance between medication and psychotherapy, which is as necessary as medication.

Let's not forget that all of these drugs have side effects. We are going to make an effort, and we are going to make a reflection on the part of all and we are going to think about whether many of us are really leaving happiness in the hands of a pill so as not to face our environment.

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