Back on medication after nine years without....

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   Posted 2/9/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
yes i have been medication free for nine years, but things got so unbearable recently, and i'd lost interest in everything, i felt i had to try and do something about it.  I think my depression is partly a chemical imbalance, and partly due to past events, so i think medication will help a little, and i'm on a waiting list for counselling again :-(     It feels like a huge step back, but losing my course, friends/family, and life would have been even more of a loss.  Not that my friends and family would have left me, but you know how it gets when you're really low, and you don't see and speak to people....  I'm absolutely hating being on my Uni course, and i've only just started my second year of four and a half!  The problem is it's so sociable based, always working in groups, going away on placement to offices full of strangers etc....  I know it's the career i want, but i don't know how i'm going to get through another three years.  My anxiety has got so bad recently, not only am i finding it hard to go out again, but i only have to look at my post (letters through the door!) and i feel all knotted up!  I'd do anything to get rid of my depression long term, but after seventeen years of suffering from it, i'm pretty sure i'm lumped for life....  It's so hard trying to fit into a society that i so obviously do not fit into, day after day....
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Sarah x

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   Posted 2/9/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sarah,

It must have been a really difficult decision to make, going back on the meds after 9 years. I think it was a really brave decision to make and I think you have done the right thing. At least you were able to recognise the fact that you neeed some help and you were brave ebough to reach out for it. I hope that the waiting list for you is not too long and that you get there soon. On the bright side, you know which meds work for you and you dont have to go through the 'experiementation' phase.

All the best


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   Posted 2/9/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   

I know that it must be hard to go back on meds after such a long period without them. 

I have been taking meds for what seems like forever.  I had to go through many different ones until I found what worked for me.  But believe me, it was worth it.  I am actuallly happier than I have ever been in life.  I hope you have what works for you.

Have a great day,



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   Posted 2/9/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sarah,

Good job, seems you are going on the right track. don't forget medication takes a long time to become effective. I have the same feelings btw like you , for instance like not fitting in the social life that I am in, I hate talking to strangers or friends because I feel I am performaing and not being myself.
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