"There are risks to antidepressant treatment, but the risks of untreated depression are worse." ~ John Bailey So, the second time I was sick enough to start taking medication the first one they put me on was duloxetine - brand name Cymbalta. This was after I'd taken an overdose and then begun self harming. The… Continue reading Duloxetine

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So Mirtazapine

“Sylvie wishes the anti-depressants had been around when she was in her early twenties, not only to rescue her from the dark tunnels that came when her brother first got sick, but also to keep her from fucking all those assholes.” ~ Francesca Lia Block So, as I mentioned last week Mirtazapine was the second medication… Continue reading So Mirtazapine

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(Image: Wikimedia) "If you're taking an antidepressant, it's working, and you're not experiencing side effects, go on taking it. But if it's not working, or not working well enough, or if you have side effects you don't like, talk to your doctor about an alternative approach." ~ Irving Kirsch So, I said that I was… Continue reading Paroxetine

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Some Thoughts On Medication

"It takes, on average, six attempts to find the antidepressant that works for you." ~ my social worker I haven't really mentioned mental health medication since I named this page after one and explained what it was and my experiences of it. And I'm not actually on that one any more. I do make a… Continue reading Some Thoughts On Medication

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Because A Pretty Corpse Is No Use To Anyone

(Getty Images/Jose Juan Garcia) “It's not my responsibility to be beautiful. I'm not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” ~ Warsan Shire Like many other people I've put on quite a bit of weight since I started taking mirtazapine again. Unlike, seemingly, any other people I don't particularly care.… Continue reading Because A Pretty Corpse Is No Use To Anyone

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On Mirtazapine

I thought I should say some more about mirtazapine as it's part of this blog's title. I've been on this  noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressant since May now and only have good things to say about it. It took a bit of getting used to. As I said at the time, the first dose was like taking… Continue reading On Mirtazapine

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For those who don't already know, the mirtazapine referred to in the title is an antidepressant drug. It belongs to a category of noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressants. This basically means that it works to increase the amounts of noradereneline and serotonin in your brain, which in turn work to regulate your mood and hopefully… Continue reading Mirtazapine