A local man has admitted to only taking antidepressants for their taste, and not for their intended purpose. The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said that he started taking the medication after being prescribed them by his doctor for depression about five years ago.
“I was really depressed at one time and my doctor prescribed me some pills,” the man said. “I took them for a while but they didn‘t seem to be helping, so I stopped. I got better eventually but that taste… I could never forget the taste of the antidepressants. It was so good, it was unforgettable. So I dug up my old supply of them and started taking them again just for that.”
The man said that he’s not mentally ill or anything. “I’m just a foodie. As for my depression, that is old history. I’m so not mentally ill.” When asked if he’s concerned about taking antidepressants without a doctor’s supervision, he replied, “I don’t know if this is good for me or not but I do know that they make me feel happy when I take them.” When it was pointed out that this may be due to the antidepressants, the man became irate and replied, “I am not depressed!”
Now, he’s in love with the bitter, chemical taste of antidepressants. As these medications require a prescription, he has to turn to the black market for his supply of antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anti-psychotic medication. He takes up to 10 varieties of medicine every day, depending on what he’s able to get from his supplier.
When asked if he may be experiencing some form of addiction to antidepressants, he responded, “I don’t think you could say I’m exactly addicted but that’s an interesting concept.”