Appointment w/Pdoc today

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mogli
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   Posted 2/16/2010 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I have been in an episode of depression for 5 months this week (minus a strange high for one week in November).  Today in my appointment my goal is to take charge and make my pdoc see that I am suffering every day and that I cannot go on like this.  I am going to plead with him to put me on an antidepressant to get me through this episode.  Enough is enough. I cannot keep struggling like this. It's not right.
 
I have a question....Has anyone been put on a antidepressant just for the purpose of coming out of the depression?  In other words, has anyone been on an antidepressant (with the other stabilizers) for a temporary period of time? If so, what happened going off the antidepressant?  My fear would be crashing.....
 
This episode has taken such a toll on me and my body. I've gained weight, my tension in shoulders, neck and back from all the anxiety is so painful, and the increased anxiety and panic attacks has been so hard to cope with. Mostly I just hate getting up every day and going to work. I don't want to take a leave of absence b/c I just started this job 5 months ago...so right now that's not an option.
 
Anyway,  I will post later to let you all know how the appointment went.
Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Methoprazine 8mg/day, Mirapex 1.5 mg/day & Lamictal 400 mg/day.


slz727
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   Posted 2/17/2010 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Mogli,

I can relate to you. I have been on welbutrin for several months now because I could not get out of my depressed state. My pdr tried me on Lexapro first and I went into a manic state that was so bad I ended up in a day program. When I came off the Lexapro I was fine but then again I was manic at that time. After I got over the manic episode I became depressed again. so my pdr put me on the Welbutrin wich seems to work with out the side effect of mania. I cycle every few months so this has worked for me. I have been in a manic state now for 2 weeks but I believe that it has nothing to do with the antidepressent because of how long I have taken it. Just a word of worning to you if you start feeling manic or mania please contact your pdr. Dont think it is a side effect that will just go away. Let him know and he can be the judge if you should be taken off. I waited to long and it took about 2 months to settle down. I hope everything went well please let me know and I hope that any of this info was helpfull. I just wish that someone would have let me know that this could happen. It almost destroyed my marrige and my life. The one good thing that came from it is that now I know that I can not live without my meds.

SLZ

serafena
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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Mogli,

How did your appt go?

serafena
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happy bill
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   Posted 2/17/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep i have celexa in the medicine chest for when i start to have a depressed episode that lasts for more than 2 weeks or i am having sucidial thoughts. It is worse for me during the winter when i am cooped up and cant get out and ride my bike. The rest of the year i am normally good but that is because of all the excersise that i get. Natural highs are the best and they are free and legal. LOLLOL LLOL

mogli
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   Posted 2/18/2010 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone,

I intended to post sooner, but right after my appt (which finally went well!) I came back to my job at the hospital only to find out that I may end up losing my job here b/c of cuts.  I have been very anxious and scared and low since, so ...I couldn't bring myself to even think about anything else.

Now, I am trying to cope. I won't find out about my job until next week (maybe).  This is not helping my depression at all, but I don't have to tell all of you that....you understand.

The appointment was great.  First good one since September. I begged for the antidepressant and he agreed, but it is only temporary, but I am looking forward to feeling better.  Five months is long enough.  He let me pick which one and I had been on Wellbutrin before many years ago when I was dx'd with clinical depression.  SLZ, your post was extremely helpful (as was everyone else's, thank you!).....I knew before I went in that I needed to make an honest deal with pdoc that if I start to feel high or cycle that I would tell him right away, and at that point we'd have to look at other options.  I am starting at 75mg...for one week and then going to 150mg.  What dose are you on SLZ, if you don't mind me asking...?

I hope and pray that this works and I can stay on it at least until the summer...
 
Thank you all for the support.  I really need you guys through this; you're the biggest support for me.
Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Methoprazine 8mg/day, Mirapex 1.5 mg/day & Lamictal 400 mg/day.


slz727
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   Posted 2/18/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Mogli,

I am so glad that you were able to get what you wanted. Sometimes we know are body better than a dr. even though they have gone to school for many years. I take 150mg once a day for the last 6 months. I do get manic but not like I was and it is not like the times I was on other antidepressents. I wish you luck and will keep you in my thoughts. Keep us updated.

SLZ
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