The hashtag is helping to shatter the stigma surrounding antidepressants
After a recent major study found antidepressants to be an effective treatment for clinical depression, people began opening up on Twitter about their own experiences with medication and their mental health.
The study, published by The Lancet, measured the effectiveness of 21 different drugs over the span of six years before concluding that medication provides more of an effect on those living with clinical depression (age 18 or over) compared to no treatment.
Writer Holly Brockwell supported the results of the study, sharing her own experience with medication and her mental health.
Damn right they work. Took until the third try to find one that works for me, but man was it worth it. Never be afraid to ask for help, that's why it's there ✨ https://t.co/waGYdFrkYL
— Holly Brockwell (@holly) February 22, 2018
I have depression & anxiety. Citalopram made me sleep, sertraline gave me a mega-dry mouth. But fluoxetine (prozac) makes me functional and effective, and gives me back my life force. It rules. #MedsWorkedForMe— Holly Brockwell (@holly) February 22, 2018
This led to several others adding to the conversation, inspiring Brockwell to start the hashtag “#MedsWorkedForMe.
So @holly started a hashtag, #medsworkedforme. If they did, join in. As for me, I was diagnosed with depression and an anxiety disorder – much of it with a family history – in 2000. Venlafaxine gets me out of bed and able to think straight. It's saved my life.
— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) February 22, 2018
My therapist said "you might not use plasters for every cut, but sometimes you need to... and mental health is like that. You can get by with talking, sometimes you need help..." and what help the meds were. They shut my brain down and I had calm and peace, and stabilised.— Laoi Ó Murchú (@RightSaidDredd) February 22, 2018
That’s honestly a great analogy. Sometimes, for some people, therapy isn’t enough by itself in terms of treatment.
I’ve been in therapy on and off for over 10 years. There was also a period of my life where it wasn’t enough by itself, so my doctor prescribed me Zoloft. I honestly don’t think I would have been able to cope with the tumultuous events occurring in my life at that time if I hadn’t utilized both.
Sertraline helped me rebalance my mood during an especially dark period. After some adjustments in dosage, it helped me through recovery, and also allowed me to function with day-to-day tasks again #MedsWorkedForMe— ｢SAYEM AHMED｣ (@SayemAhmd) February 22, 2018
Tried different SSRIs over two pretty miserable years, then I was put on a tricyclic antidepressant called lofepramine that is meant to be more effective in those resistant to previous treatment. That was two and a half years ago, haven't looked back since. #MedsWorkedForMe https://t.co/5IRnyhnurc— Matt Turner (@MattTurner4L) February 22, 2018
Amazing hashtag, great to encourage more open discussion of mental health issues - been way too much suffering in silence. #MedsWorkedForMe & saved my life, more than once. If you experienced intense physical pain, you'd medicate. We need to look at mental health in the same way. https://t.co/xIJ6KkYOnU— ★ZOË HOWE★ (@zoehowe) February 22, 2018
Open, honest, public conversations like #MedsWorkedForMe help fight the stigma surrounding depression and mental health. We wouldn’t look down on someone for needing medication for a physical condition — so why judge those who need antidepressants or other medications to maintain their mental health?
Medication can save lives, period.
My brain is a whizzing supercomputer of generalised anxiety and brilliant ideas, and it has taken a lot of prescription SSRIs and SNRIs and some decent psychotherapy to figure out how to work it properly. #MedsWorkedForMe https://t.co/0w37XMIruF— Sara Tasker (@meandorla) February 22, 2018
I wouldn’t be here. It is that simple. #MedsWorkedForMe
— Paul Mitchell Will Tweet You Now (@mrmitchell78) February 22, 2018
I have diagnosed General Anxiety Disorder and Chronic Depression. When I'm unmedicated life is pain. With my current prescription for Fluoxetine (and a very occasional low dose of Lorezapam) I live a happy, productive life.#medsworkedforme
— Jennifer Chance Cook (@jenchancecook) February 22, 2018
It’s important to remember finding the right medication for you can take time and more than one trip to your doctor’s office. There’s not a one-size-fits-all antidepressant — what may work for one person may not have the same effect for another.
There are also plenty of resources available if you feel you may need help right now. Confidential telephone hotlines at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have trained professionals on staff who can help guide you with multiple areas of your life — and they’re just a phone call away: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).