Mental Health

Life with Anti-Depressants 

Hello my lovelies,

Today I am writing my experience with anti-depressants. I have had a fair few of them in my past due to them not suiting my body or making my illness worse.


The anti-depressants I have been on were called Citalopram and Fluoxetine I am now on Paroxetine which is currently working for me and I will be writing a life with Paroxetine post soon!

Types of anti-depressants

Tricyclic anti-depressants – Amoxapine, Dramamine, Imipramine, Clomipramine, Amitriptyline, Protriptyline, Doxepin, Amitriptyline and Amitriptyline.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors – Selegiline, Isocarboxazid , Phenelzine, Tranylcypromine and Rasagiline.

Atypical anti-depressants – Bupropion, Mirtazapine, Nefazodone, Trazodone , Vilazodone and Vortioxetine.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors – Citalopram, Escitalopram, Fluoxetine, Paroxetine and Sertraline.

Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors – Atomoxetine, Desvenlafaxine, Duloxetine, levomilnacipran, Milnacipran and Venlafaxine.

I have heard of many myths about anti-depressants in my time.

Here are some:

  • They will make you high and make you on cloud nine. (For how many years I have been taking anti-depressants I have not been on cloud nine or high! You cannot get high off anti-depressants and you do not see fluffy bunnies running on the fluffy clouds as there is not a stimulant effect with them!)
  • They will change your personality. (Anti-depressants do not change your personality they help build your quality of life up again while battling depression!)
  • You will get addictive to them. (Anti-depressants are not classed as addictive as you don’t need to increase the dose to get the same effect and you won’t crave them once you stop taking them slowly with the help from your doctors!)
  • Anti-depressants are a quick fix to your illness. (I can promise you that anti-depressants are not a quick fix as they do not work over night, you will need more than one treatment such as talking therapies or DBT to help you with your illness!)

 Side effects of anti-depressants


Feeling nauseous

Being sick

Dry mouth

Loss of appetite



Low sex drive

Tricyclic (TCAS)

Blurry vision

Dry mouth


Weight gain


Urine problems

Excessive Sweating

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIS)

Low blood pressure


Muscle twitching

Weight gain




Atypical anti-depressants

Dry mouth

Help you fall asleep more quickly




I can promise you that they do not change your personality when you are taking anti-depressants. I do not see fluffy rabbits running over clouds. I am just the same woman, but my quality of life is improving slowly than I was without medication I was numb and emotionless.  They are not a quick fix either. I am currently waiting for another treatment to help me with my bipolar disorder as talking therapy does not work well with my brain.

See you soon!

Shannon Diana x

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