Antidepressants don’t work for me — can I use marijuana instead?

 

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Dear Stanton:

Hi I am 19 years old and I have been on anti-depressants for years. I have also been in theropy, and hospolisied for my depression. I am currently taking 60mg of Prozac and 1000mg of Depakote and I still have my rage fits and I am constantly depressed the medicine does not work for me. Depression is a diease that runs in my family and I was wondering if marijuana would help my depression?

Ash


Dear Ash:

I can’t tell you to use marijuana. It’s illegal and you’re young. I can say that antidepressants often don’t work and people try a variety of methods to combat depression, and some find their own solutions. But if you use an illegal drug and it works, the problem is then you need to use it all the time (which is also a problem with antidepressants, but at least they’re legal).

Stanton

Stanton Peele

Stanton Peele , recognized as one of the world's leading addiction experts by The Fix, developed the Life Process Program after decades of research, writing, and treatment about and for people with addictions. Dr. Peele is the author of 14 books. His work has been published in leading professional journals and popular publications around the globe.

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