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(after experiencing postpartum depression...)

Is it wrong to take antidepressants???? Is it really a sin problem or is it a hormonal/physical problem??? Can a pill PREVENT you from sinning??

Sometimes I feel guilty taking it, thinking that Im not a good enough Christian or not "strong" enough, KWIM?

hilhill, Rapture Ready 34 Comments [8/28/2009 2:48:11 PM]
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Shut up, you're depressing me.

8/28/2009 2:53:08 PM

Zeus Almighty

"Is it wrong to take antidepressants????"

Yes, very wrong! ... However, it is permissible for you to take massive quantities of arsenic.

8/28/2009 2:54:51 PM

Philbert McAdamia

I agree with Zeus A. Massive quantities. ASAP
Enough to stun a Norwegian Blue parrot.
And I'm a doctor, you can trust me
P. McAdamia, B.S., M. S., Ph D.

8/28/2009 3:06:18 PM


Just take the things already.

8/28/2009 3:24:28 PM


Andrea Yates would like a word with you....

8/28/2009 3:28:42 PM

And they think religion does no harm.

8/28/2009 3:28:43 PM


I am takings meds for depression also and I can definitely relate to what you're going through. Would it be more of a sin to not medicate and end up hurting yourself or someone else?

This has nothing whatsoever to do with not being christian enough and everything to do with your personal biology. Take the meds and stop feeling guilty over it. You haven't done anything wrong.

8/28/2009 3:29:30 PM

Doubting Thomas

No, the pill is there to help you. I know it was invented by evil scientists, but it is good for you. And there's really no such thing as sin.

8/28/2009 3:34:21 PM


As my great aunt said to my mom after my dad's sudden death: Take the damn pills.

Put your stupid religion aside and think of your family. Jesus would have wanted it that way.

8/28/2009 3:47:04 PM


I... I don't really know what to say.

Tell me, what kind of sin makes you want to possibly hurt your own children? How can you be "Christian" enough and/or "strong" enough to overcome your own body's chemistry that's out of whack? And why would it be wrong to take a pill that stops you from possibly hurting or killing your children?

I just really, really wish you had never had children. And that opinion has nothing to do with you postpartum depression.

8/28/2009 3:48:07 PM


It's okay to admit you're not strong enough to deal with it. It's okay to take meds -- trust me, they can be a real life saver. Without mine, I'm useless, and I've seriously considered taking my own life. Depression is not a rational disease, there's no logic to it, it makes you feel like a failure at life, when you're not. All it takes is a couple of pills, sometimes the right combination of pills, and therapy, to get you back on your feet.

I sincerely hope hilhill gets the meds and therapy she needs to get out of this funk.

8/28/2009 3:52:31 PM


And that's the problem with your strict, hateful religion.

8/28/2009 4:09:41 PM


If there's a pill that can help you cut down on the question marks, you really should start taking that.

8/28/2009 4:17:43 PM


I love how fundies only agree with science and medicine when it benefits them (doctors give them the wisdom but of course it all goes away if said doctors tell them you cannot cure homosexuality.)

8/28/2009 4:18:41 PM


Depression is not sinning, nor is it a result of sin, unless of course you are so obsessed with obtaining an impossible standard of perfection in a set of arbitrary things that you get depressed, and it's still not sin that caused it. Think about it. Do you get a little (or a lot) moody or grouchy near your period? You know that hormones fluctuate then, right? Ok, so logically that means hormones can affect mood. You're perfectly fine taking the meds, and hopefully you'll only need them for a little while.

8/28/2009 4:34:21 PM


I think we need to ask ourselves how Jesus would cope with postpartum depression.

8/28/2009 4:38:03 PM


Have you been talking to Tom Cruise?

If you need help for a little while after your baby is born, then by all means get the help. I'm not saying that you should use it forever, but until you can get yourself on you feet, take the pill!!!

8/28/2009 4:53:05 PM

Caustic Gnostic

Either take your meds, or die in prison.

8/28/2009 5:19:16 PM

Shifty Eyes

This isn't that fundy. A response against would likely be very fundy. But anti-depressants are scary (they change how you think) and address problems far more complex than penicillin does. To worry about a religious conflict isn't terrible. A Jew might ask similar questions about what constitutes a serious enough medical issue to not fast on Yom Kippur. The problem is that the responses for poor hilhill will be very bad.

8/28/2009 6:02:27 PM

Reverend Jeremiah

Please keep taking the pills as prescribed until your health care professional says otherwise.. for you and your childrens sake.

P.S. - stop obsessing over it as well..no sin..okay, you have a chemical imbalance - dont be ashamed.

8/28/2009 6:20:00 PM


Just an hero now and save yourself some angst.

8/28/2009 7:10:21 PM


I agree with Shifty Eyes - but that could probably be because I've had several Drs try to "fix" me using SSRIs no matter how bad a reaction I've had to the last one. (Try a 6 week constant mirgrain, "But that's not one of the listed side effects.")

If they help for EVERYONE'S sake take them, but counseling is sometimes enough too and there are a lot of things to think about before taking any medication. But I'm sure the thread sounds more like Cruise than rational...

8/28/2009 8:13:16 PM


You're on RR, you should perhaps bump up to anti-psychotics?

On a plus side, nobody over there is saying it's a sin. Some are absolutely useless answers (just pray and god will heal you) but they don't say to go off the meds.

I really was expecting them to say so.

8/28/2009 10:46:00 PM


Anti-depressants aren't anti-sin measures.

8/28/2009 11:23:59 PM


If your antidepressant is anything like my Paxil, then I urge you for the sake of other people to take it.

8/28/2009 11:56:40 PM

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