trying to figure out if I am depressed or not

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Winter
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   Posted 7/6/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am new here. I am not sure if I am mildly depressed or not. I am an outgoing person and a teacher. I am apparently opinionated because I have many co-workers who come to me for my opinion on things at work. about 3 years ago, I went through a rough 4 month health breakdown. I have 3 health issues going on with my body at the same time that left me practically bedridden for 4 months. Plus I have ulcerative colitus. I was put on prozac for about six months during my health crisis & have been off since. Lately I am beginning to think that I may need to go back on them. I seem to worry about things a lot. I can't seem to be content with my life. I feel like I need to be doing something but don't know what. I have 2 boys (ages 13 & 9). As long as I am runnining with my boys, I feel ok. When I have  down time, my minds goes to wondering & I can't seem to focus on anything. I get antzy but I can't make myself get up & going. I know that exercise would help but I can't make myself do it. I am not acting like my outgoing self lately. I want to just stay home in my comfort zone. I would like your opinion on whether or not, I need to talk to my dr about medicine.
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/6/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Winter,

Hi this is Kitt.  From what you desribe I would suspect you are right in thinking your depression is causing your symptoms but I am not a professional.  Please check in with your PCP and see if he/she feels you may need to go back on your medication.

I have had depression for 26 years and have been on a med of some kind the whole time.

Take care and please do let us know how you are.

Kitt


 

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CRANKY 1
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   Posted 7/6/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Winter,

If you feel "off", you are the best person to know whether you are experiencing depressive symptoms.  From your desciption, I would say that's a definite yes.  Depression often occurs are your children get older, and don't require the same amount of attention and constant interaction as when they were younger.  Also, when you are working a job in a regular, bring home the paycheck sort of way, instead of actively pursuing an upwardly mobile career, depression could also set in.  Serious medical issues, especially the ones that significantly alter your normal routine, are exceptionally good at bringing on the symptoms of depression.

I suffer from chronic moderate depression.  There's test that psychiatrists/psychologists/counselors use that can diagnose just what level of depression you have.  Perhaps you can take that kind of test to determine how symptomatic you are.  In all the years of taking the test, I've scored exactly the same number, within 1 or 2 points every time. 

I am on permanent disability, and have chronic pain issues everyday, in addition to some conditions that become acute at times.  I can no longer work, my brain doesn't function up to par anymore, and I know longer can afford the lifestyle I was accustom to.  I am 43, divorced, with no children.  I lost my house in my divorce six years ago, so now I live in a small apartment with my three cats, about a mile from my parents.  My love life is practically non-existant and will most likely stay that way. 

I have lost touch with many friends over the years.  They have just kind of dumped me, because with all my medical problems, nobody want to hear about my stuggles for very long.  I have developed a new group of friends that "parties with a purpose", so we do lots of charity events and party in between.  I love my new friends, but they are all much more affluent then me, so I can't do a lot of the "partying" events, due to a lack of expendible income.  The amount of charity events I can do also depends on my medical situation.  I participated in an event about a month ago, that ended up with me spending an entire week flat of my back.  Not so much fun.

The root problems that cause my depression are not going away, so I'm pretty much stuck.  I'm not currently in counseling, as it's never really helped me.  My situation is the way it is, and no amount of talking about it will change anything.

Winter, it sounds like the things that are making you feel depressed are more from standard changes in life patterns.  You have a very good chance of being able to pull out of your funk with the property medication and some counseling.  Please seek out your primary care physician for a medical assessment and see if he can recommend a good counselor to help you work through the rough patches.  Please let us know how you are doing.

Leigh Ann sad


Basic info:
  • On Disability for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ 
  • Divorced, 43, no children
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Impacted Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(four molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) 
  • Current Meds: Prozac, Klonopin, Atenelol, Stadol Nasal Spray, Lortab, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Tramadol, Phenergan, PROHIBITED FROM ALL NSAIDS
  • Current Problem: Internal Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass
 
"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett
 
 


Winter
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   Posted 7/7/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw my Dr today & he prescribed Celexa. He said that it was very normal for someone with my Chronic illness to have depression. People would never guess by looking at me. I am outgoing & have no trouble talking to anyone about anything. but inside, I have hidden anxieties & (blue) feelings. I try to keep my mind & body busy but you do have to slow down every now & then. That is when all the thoughts & feelings come through. So hopefully the celexa will help. thanks for the input
Asacol 6 tablets twice daily
Remicade every 8 weeks
Folid Acid daily
Methotrexate 3 times a week
Iron supplements
 


getting by
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   Posted 7/7/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with the Celexa,

Let us know how it works for you.

Keep posting,

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


CRANKY 1
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   Posted 7/7/2008 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Winter,

So glad to hear about the Celexa.  I took it at some point, but thanks to my memory problems(from the poisonous Topamax), I don't remember how I did on it or why I switched to something else.  I was doing really well on Lexapro 40mg per day, but it was way expensive and my medicare/insurance would only pay for twenty milligrams a day.  My psych doc was covering me with samples to make up the difference in dosage, since my appeal to increase my dosage was rejected twice.  My doc said some people do well on higher than normal dosages, but the insurance company disagrees because there isn't much documentation that many people take a higher dosage.

I really hate making medication choices based on cost, but with being on a very limited income(SS Disability), I have to get my doctors to work with me on finding more economical meds that will be just as effective.  That's why I'm now taking Prozac.  I've just reached what my insurance calls the "donut hole", which means they've paid all they are going to pay until my personal prescription payments equal over $4000.  Thus, I'm going to have to pay full price for all my prescription probably until the end of the year.  My parents are going to foot the bill, cuz I'm certainly not in a position to pay for them.

Sorry I got off on a tangent.  Didn't mean to hijack your post.  Please let us know how the Celexa works for you.

Leigh Ann cool


Basic info:
  • On Disability for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ 
  • Divorced, 43, no children
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Impacted Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(four molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) 
  • Current Meds: Prozac, Klonopin, Atenelol, Stadol Nasal Spray, Lortab, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Tramadol, Phenergan, PROHIBITED FROM ALL NSAIDS
  • Current Problem: Internal Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass
 
"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett
 
 

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