Coping with depression?

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Committed2Life
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   Posted 10/9/2007 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
My pdoc said he wants to try a few diff meds. I'm on seroquel and wellbutrin. Seroquel is a low dose. He wants me to up it.
 
I'm afraid of trying new meds, and actually taking them.
 
But I think I'm headed/falling into depression. I just want to go to bed today. I have to work, but I want to go do bed. What do you all do when this happens? I think my T and pdoc are just figuring out I'm in the bipolar category. It doesn't really matter. I just know I can't funtion today and don't want to. There is too much pressing on me. There are too many possible things that can happen in life, bad things, and I feel like we are all just sitting on time bombs, waiting for something to go wrong. I know that sounds negative. I don't want to be.

Big Ears Magoo
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   Posted 10/9/2007 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I know how you feel. Sometimes the side effects of the new medications outweigh any small benefits that they give. As far as not wanting to do anything(i.e. work), yeah it sounds like you're just about there for a full fledged do nothing go nowhere talk to no one depression. I don't envy you that.

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   Posted 10/9/2007 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
C2L and BEM,

I have been feeling that way too, I think the side effects from my meds are affecting my moods. Making me feel like c***. Hopefully the Seroquel will help you with the depressive episode you are having. I am sorry you are going through what you are going through. Best wishes, and please keep us updated on how you are doing.


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wickedlycoolcomfort
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   Posted 10/9/2007 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   

C2L,

I'm sorry this is happening to you.  Reading your post, it sounds as if you have symptoms by some of the things you mentioned and your anxiety has hit you too I think.  I am certainly not a professional...in anything really.  I do not have BP or Depression but my partner does and since he has had it since he was a child, he can start detecting the symptoms early.  He currently takes Lexepro and Xanax.  He noticed some symptoms back in June that seemed like his AD wasn't working as well anymore.  By the second week of July, he was in a full fledge depressive mode.  He experienced a breakthrough/or burned out with his AD medication as they had no affect on him anymore which lead to the depression. 

The usual thing that happened in the past is seeing his pdoc and switching meds, but this time around, the pdoc decided to re-evaluate his dx and did not give him any other meds.  So now he's charting his moods but still taking his xanax as needed.  The Lexapro is like taking candy basically. 

I have heard how going through the changes of new meds and mixes, the side affects are just horrible, but fortunately, they eventually taper off and when having the right mix of meds, it's all worth it I'm sure.

It's really great you are here on HW and expressing yourself.  We all would like you to keep in touch with us to see how things are going; how your new mix of meds might be progressing for you and just to talk about anything you feel like.

Looking forward to hearing from you again soon,

WCC


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mogli
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   Posted 10/9/2007 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   

C2L and all of us who are down,

Depression is such a hard time; a hard battle.  It's ironic that during these times we need to really fight through it, because the last thing we feel like doing or are even physically capable of doing b/c of symptoms, is fighting through it. 

To cope, it's important to acknowledge your feelings and actions, and make sure you at least try your best to not let the depression take over those feelings and actions.  In other words, try to get out of bed, even if it's just for a walk that might help you clear your mind.  And then even just getting out of bed, doing the walk or whatever, will make you feel good about yourself, even if that feeling doesn't last.  It will help.  It's step by step, little things like that.  Push yourself a little, but accept you may need a mental health day, but it will pass.  The episodes pass.  Reach out to your supports.  Take extra care of yourself. 

If you are changing doses in your meds, drink lots of water, take things easy.  And if the side effects get to be too much talk to your pdoc asap.  It's so unfortunate when our meds make us feel worse. 

I hope you are doing better, hang in there, we're all hangin' with ya.


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serafena
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   Posted 10/9/2007 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
C2L:

Just what Mogli said! Absolutely. The meds can be scary, the side-effects can be so awful, but in the end if you hang with it, you'll get closer to normal. Just hang on and keep hanging on. You can. And if you need to call off work. Call off, and don't apologize.
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depressedmom
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   Posted 10/11/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what to tell you when you feel like that. I missed work today to get caught up with my paper work and cleaning at home. Of course I didn't get anything done but laying on the couch and eating everything in sight. I don't have the energy for anything. I have a husband and 4 year old to take care of too. Ah about once a week I might feel ok. I hate that I feel this bad/tired. It is going to ruin my life if I don't figure out what to do. HELP!



(I've copied Depressedmom's post to a new thread on the main page. Please respond to it there--serafena)

Post Edited By Moderator (serafena) : 10/11/2007 9:34:18 PM (GMT-6)


serafena
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   Posted 10/11/2007 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Depressedmom:

Welcome to our board. I see you've been posting on the depression board too. Great!

I'm going to move your post onto a new thread on our main board, so more people will see it and be able to greet you.

Thanks.
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serafena
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   Posted 10/11/2007 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
CL2:

How have you been feeling the past couple days?
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Committed2Life
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   Posted 10/13/2007 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the responses. I have not tried NEW meds yet. I'm still on my old ones. I'm taking 1/2 tab of seroquel 25 mg at night and my pdoc wants me to take the entire 25 mg tablet. I haven't yet. That is because I am afraid of the feeling of being so drowsy you just fall asleep. And the other med i have been on for a while is wellbutrin, which I don't think is helping.
 
He wants me to try either lithium, tegretol, or something else I forgot the name. We haven't yet.
 
So I'm still really depressed. I am when I wake up, I am all day. I'm dragging. I just want to lay in bed. I saw my therapist and he was worried enough to suggest hospitalization, but I said no, no, no.
 
Ick, I'm so depressed. I started reading a book called, "Veronica Decides to Die." Why did I pick that book up now! Probably not a good idea. I am not in danger like that, but it isn't helping. But I can't stop reading either.
 
I have another appt with the pdoc in 2 weeks, but maybe I should try to get in sooner? I am afraid of trying new meds, really almost phobic and I know that is what he will want to do, but then again I am so down now I can barely move. I'll try a walk later.  Thanks for listening. I just can't do the hospital route. My 17 year old would never understand. sad

olivia of course
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   Posted 10/13/2007 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
C2L,
 
I am so sorry you are feeling so down, I know that is an aweful place to be stuck.  I totally understand you, I have been there myself and have been hospitalized a few times myself.
 
I know what you mean about new meds, I am about to start a new one myself and I am really scared too.  I have been on lithium for a while and it hasen't been too bad.  My pdoc wants me to start on Tegretol as well as stay on Lithium.  You are currently on a very low dose of Seroquel and the dose you are on will help you sleep  but too low to work as a mood stabilizer.  Best wishes on the decision you make.
 
I am sorry the Wellbutrin is not helping you, maybe you can give the 25mg of Seroquel a try for a few days and if it is too much you can contact your pdoc and ask to go back to your older dose.  Since you are on a low dose it won't make too much difference.
 
In the mean time, you should try to move up your pdoc appointment sooner, 2 weeks is too long if you are as depressed as you have described.  Please do not wait, call them as soon as possible.
Hang in there!
 
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Committed2Life
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   Posted 10/16/2007 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   

I moved my pdoc appt up one week. He is out of town this week, so I have to wait until next Monday.

What do you all do to cope with depression like this? I just want to go to bed.  I do have to work though, but I just want to lie down. I wonder if anything will ever work.

I ran out of wellbutrin yesterday and forgot to get my prescription filled, so I missed a day. Today I'm more depressed.

Will this ever go away?


serafena
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   Posted 10/16/2007 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes it will. It really does. It's a long haul, I won't lie. And I'm mucking through it myself right now, so I have to remind myself as well. But I've been there, I've felt it happen. When you feel it getting better, it just lifts. Everything feels lighter. It really will get better. Keep trying new meds. Don't be scared. It really is worth it. I'm glad you moved up your doc appointment. If he recommends new meds, you should take them! The Wellbutrin clearly isn't cutting it.
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