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   Posted 2/3/2008 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I am feeling really desperate, and need someone to talk to.

Recently diagnosed with clinical depression, put on new antidepressants Escitalopram, but also recently told that I may have an underactive thyroid. Apart from that had a heart attack nearly 6years ago that has left me crippled with angina.

Just recently my depression has really escalated, I am bursting into uncontrollable crying bouts two or three times a day, and then suddenly I am on top of the world, and am all smiley and happy. Its like being on an emotional roller coaster and is utterly exhausting.

I thought the depression was a result of the long term angina, and have recently been referred to see a Psychiatrist for further help. I am now waiting for psyciatric liason outpatients in late Feb. They changed my citalopram to escitalopram about 3 weeks ago, which doesn't seem to have made any improvement to how I am feeling. Then just last week I was told my last blood test has shown up an underactive thyroid, which can also cause depression.

Its got so I don't know which is the chicken and which is the egg, all I know is that I am feeling awful and keep having thoughts of how my husband would be better off without me. I have thought about suicide, but not in any real detail. The depths of despair I am feeling when I am really low are scaring me, I don't know that I can trust myself any longer not to do something stupid when I am feeling like that.

I also don't know if my original depression is just getting worse, as life with this level of angina pain is awful, or if the new antidepressants are causing some sort of bi-polar reaction, or if it is all as a result of the hypothyroidism.

Anyone got any ideas? Help!

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   Posted 2/4/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   

First of all welcome to the forum,we are glad that you are here.

Oh yes,I know those days of crying for hours!! I still have them,and it seems the tears just come from nowhere and that you have a river inside of your head.

You have made a huge step in getting better,talking to someone and trying to face what has caused your depression in the first place.

Meds can take 4-6 weeks for full effect... and it is normal for them to have to switch meds during your if you feel that after the 4-6 weeks that they are not working get in touch with your doctor.

In the meantime stay strong and we will be here for you.

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   Posted 2/13/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
  I just want to say i have recently had my thyroid removed which sends you into hypothyroidism and yes you feel terrible until the meds take affect.  i don't know if this is contributing to your depression,  but i wouldn't doubt it.  i wake up feeling really lousy.  so i couldn't imagine having this along with the other.  i am on anti depressant for depression mainly due to a very low energy level before they new about my thyroid.  still on it now after the surgery.  waiting to feel human again.  they say it can take up to 6 or 8 wks.   i have to go for blood work in may to see how my t4 levels are.   Good luck with you,  i hope i helped a little. gonuts
Cervical C-5 and C-6 fussion 2004, thyroidectomy 2008,
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   Posted 2/14/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Was just checking to see how you were?

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