No exctly a newcomer . Just want o share (also further discuss with others) some info from my own experience and many readings and years of depression .
1. antidepressants (SSRI,s) may be ineffective for most people because they do not easily cross the BRAIN blood barrier . End up being digested and flushed out .
2. if you blame (or think) your family/parents for your depression, better not go to them for support. You will only be going round & round in maddening circles , getting more depressed . Better turn to a self help group (preferably regular meetings ) . Problem is the are rather th on the ground or just not specifically focused enough . Create your own ! ( one of my big dreams! )
3. experiment & persevere when 1st taking antidepressants despite all kinds of horrible sideeffects for at leas 4 weeks (unless you are very lucky) Easier said than done, I know . Took me years to educate & help myself & be brave enough to go through the nightmare . Felt rotten , highly emotional and suicidal for a long while . It indeed does get much much worse before it gets better !
4. people (incl. professionals) who claim you can' t get addicted to antidepressants must not be blindly believed . Remember we are all different . Found out to my dear cost though doing it gradually over several weeks ( was on brink of hysteria and suicide) .