Lost the joy in life and work

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Georgie Girl
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   Posted 6/18/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
As I've previously posted, I am bipolar and in March suffered anxiety that basically put me out of my mind - I was hospitalized for seven days.  After I'd been home two weeks, still suffering terrible anxiety, doc gave me Zyprexa which knocked out the anxiety within two hours.  I now only have to take 5 or 10 mg once a week which keeps my anxiety at bay but prevents some of the side effects, like uncontrollable hunger.  I get enough of that from the Depakote.  I also take Lamictal and Lexapro.
 
Since my recovery from anxiety, I find that I have no ambition in life or work, none of the joy in life or work I used to have.  Although I am taking an antidepressant already, maybe I need more or different.
 
Do you think this lack of joy and difficulty facing the day is still depression?
 
I just want the joy back. 
Georgie Girl


serafena
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   Posted 6/18/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
It definitely could be depression. Are you having trouble facing your friends? Do you want to just stay home rather than go out and have fun? Do you dislike doing things that used to make you feel good? Are you irritable and cranky with your family?

If you're turning into a hermit and you're consistently negative, I'd guess depression. Either way -- the symptoms you describe are no way to live and a trip to the pdoc are in order.

serafena
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Georgie Girl
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   Posted 6/19/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Serafina
I feel bad about complaining about this general lack of enthusiasm for life as it's minor compared to my earlier issues and to the things that many people on HW are going through.  But today the useless, worthless feeling at work is even worse.  I am praying about it.
Thanks again.
Georgie Girl
Georgie Girl


sukay
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   Posted 6/19/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Georgie Girl,

Don't feel bad about posting. How can we help support one another if we don't post what's going on with us. Depression is a part of bipolar as well and when we go through that it helps if we can get some support from our friends around here.

I agree with serafena. I've read your reply and I think you should consider calling your pdoc for some help.

I hope you'll be feeling better! (((Hugs))) sad


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missflip
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   Posted 6/20/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey.  I know how you feel.  I go through that too being Bipolar II.  I haven't worked in 4 years because it is just impossible for me to.  I have days when I feel so hopeless and worthless and lifeless.  I think it is part of the depression definitely.  Just keep praying and praying.  Try to see you pdoc soon as suggested by Serafena and Sukay.  You may need an adjustment to your meds.  Hang in there.  We are here for you.
 
Missflip
"I'm not crazy; I'm just a little unwell."  Matchbox Twenty


Georgie Girl
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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I made an important decision this morning.  I decided to see a therapist.  I see a pdoc for my important medication but as noted above, I am just not happy and productive.  I have thought about seeing a therapist to more fully examine what happened to me this spring - the anxiety that put me in the hospital, the 13 days I only vaguely remember.  That is, to pay someone to listen to me talk this out of my system.  Maybe she can help me understand and recover the joy in work and life.  It's especially telling that I am doing this as I have to self pay. I've reached my maximum for the year on pdoc/therapist visits. 
 
I'll also talk to my pdoc about how I'm feeling.
 
Thanks for your comments.



Georgie Girl

Post Edited (Georgie Girl) : 6/20/2008 8:36:09 AM (GMT-6)

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