"The mind is like a see-saw , and it our mind that controls our emotions - the highs and low or the ups and the downs!"
"Antidepressants are like putting a chock in the brain and stop the ups and downs, allowing your mind and thinking to stabilise. Then you are able to deal with the issues. "
"This is what I told myself. 'You know, antidepressants are like mental steroids. And nobody ever has any sympathy for an athlete who takes steroids.'
"Antidepressant medication is effective for both seasonal and non-seasonal depression. Antidepressants have the advantage of not requiring you to get up at zero-dark-thirty to sit in front of a light box, but they too have side effects and may take longer to work. I tell patients antidepressants are like bodybuilding: You have to take them every day and results become evident in time. Moreover, if you stop taking them their benefits - like a bodybuilder's muscles - melt away quickly."
"A good analogy of medications is Antidepressants are like . They overcome the loss or lack of neurotransmitters and allows people get a adequate dose of neurotransmitters to function. I think in this case its needed. "
"Most antidepressants are like gasoline additives, they help a person hang on to the serotonin or epinephrine their brain is already producing. Most individuals don't have any serotonin or epinephrine in their brain to re-uptake. A gasoline additive doesn't help when the tank is empty! Most individuals with depression or mood disorders are deficient in serotonin and epinephrine; they've used it all up and their brains are empty. This is why they are depressed, have more pain, suffer from insomnia, and anxiety. Using a gasoline additive isn't going to help. Serotonin and epinephrine are made from the amino acids. Why use a gasoline additive (that has all kinds of potential side-effects) when you can just pour gasoline into your tank. Yes, please take amino acids."
"I tell people the antidepressants are like a rope ladder for my anxiety. I'm still climbing the mountain, but the medication helps me feel more secure about my steps."
"Antidepressants are like airbags in a car crash. They soften the blow, but sometimes you're still hurt and you have to do work on the car to get it in working condition. That's the depression."
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