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amicrazy
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   Posted 7/18/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Im new here. Just want to make sure I am posting in the correct forum.
 
I think its PMS ??  I am a raging *****. I cant control it. I say terrible things to my family. I know they love me but how long can that stay true if I keep treating them like this?
redface This happens usually about 7 days before I am due to start my cycle. When these fits of rage happen I cant stop it. I dont even feel like its me acting this way. I say hurtful things for no good reason..... It seems to get worse as each month passes. The last 6 months have been extremely horrible.
 
I am 46 years old and Ive lost the fun loving happy cheerful person I used to be and love.
 
Anyone out there..... please tell me if I AM CRAZY and need a shrink or if someone is having or had the same problems. I cant keep this up any more and I am desperate for some kind of help.
 
Christina
 
 
 

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   Posted 7/18/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Christina,

It does sound like pms, but you could be starting perimenopause. I think that you should talk to your doctor. Maybe he/she could give you something to take during that time. A lot of women take something for pms.

I would like to welcome you to HealingWell. You definately have come to a good place. The people here are kind and comassionate and non judgemental.

I wish you the best, and keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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amicrazy
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   Posted 7/18/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Karen!

So these things that are happening are all symptoms of perimenopause?

Here is my story...

I have 3 wonderful boys (23, 20 & 13) divorced (alone) for 12 years. I had mood swings during that time of the month but it didnt seem so bad. Maybe because I was alone, with the exception of my kids. I really didnt have anyone to lash out at so maybe it wasnt so apparent back then.
In December 2006 I met this wonderful man, we have a lot in common. We were married in July 2007. He is the love of my life - the one Ive been waiting for. In August 2007 we found out he had prostate cancer. (That is how I know about this wonderful website. We were on here alot talking with people which helped us get through the prostate cancer surgery. A deep sincere "Thank you to that forum.)
My depression is getting worse by the month. I am afraid I am going to loose this man. I seriously lash out at him for no apparent reason. He feels like I just want to fight, not true. I have times of crying uncontrollably for no apparent reason at all. The next minute I am screaming at him and really dont even know why. Once I start, for some crazy reason, I cant stop. I am in a "Blah" mood when I am not raging. I am tired all the time. Sometimes I can hardly function. I am also questioning some of my thoughts.... I wonder what it would feel like to not be on the earth anymore. I dont understand these thoughts at all! I have so much that I am thankful for. I havent been this happy for a very long time. (Except for that time of the month.) When the cycle does finally come, its extremely heavy for the first day or two and levels off. I have it for 5 - 7 days.

I did see a OB/Gyn and he put me on Wellbutrin. He said it was probably happening because I had so much stress in my life. Im pretty good at handling stress, normally. After taking the Wellbutrin for about 6 weeks I noticed the anger, sadness and rage were getting worse. Is this possible?
Any suggestions for me?
Thanks for listening. It feels good to talk with someone!

Happy Friday!
Christina

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   Posted 7/19/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes, that is possible, Wellbutrin is kind of a speedy type anti depressant. It sort of made me nervous when I got to a high dose, so I quit taking it, though I was taking effexor at the same time.

You might need a different anti depressant. I would talk to the doctor about that.

I hope that you feel better soon. I do take a mood stabilizer called abilify. It really helps, you might mention a mood stabilizer to your doctor and see what they think about it.

I wish you all the best, keep posting.

hugs, Karen
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jordaNZone
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   Posted 7/20/2008 1:37 AM (GMT -7)   

I don't know much about the medication side of things amicrazy - but I do think that a dose of counselling might do you the world of good :-)  

You have been thru so much - you are probably very tired... no wonder things are turning upside down every month - looking after someone who is unwell can be very exhausting at the best of times - and I am thinking that you need to talk to someone neutral and let all these 'anger, sadness, rage' feelings out. Don't feel bad about this...it's all part of looking after yourself - it's your turn for self care ok :-)

Sista J.


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reddyrnot
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   Posted 8/4/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
i have had problems with what i now believe is partially pms related depression for several years. it was the kind of thing that doctors said " oh you are just depressed, go to therapy" about. i also yelled at my family when they were nothing but kind to me but felt so horribly irritable and agitated that i could not help myself. therapy helped some problems but it wasn't all encompassing. i have gone through several phases that have lasted for months at a time where i could barely even get out of bed i was so tired and then other times when i would be extremely agitated or unnaturally energetic. for about two to three weeks out of each month i can be highly irritable and very very sensitive to loud sounds and to pain.

the things that have worked for me have been:
seeing a naturopathic doctor ( you want to make sure your naturopath has gone to an accredited school. http://www.aanmc.orgthis means that they have gone to the same amount of school as an MD and didn't just do some 6 month online degree)

my naturopathic doctor helped to determine that while i don't have what most doctors would consider an iron deficiency my iron levels were low enough that when i would have my period they would dip down to unhealthy levels. which would make me very irritable, fatigued and depressed. i also had a vitamin d deficiency which made me feel quite depressed. naturopathic remedies attempt to actually encourage your body to heal itself as opposed to covering up symptoms so they take much longer to work. it took about 5 months to get to the place where i am today which is free of depression but still occasionally, irritable, weepy, bloated and anxious.

to combat the last 5 symptoms i mentioned she has given me a pms herbal support mix that is supposed to help balance out my estrogen and progesterone. i really have my fingers crossed that this will help a lot with the irritability and the weepiness but she says i won't be able to tell until i have been on it for 6-8 weeks. this is week 2 or 3.

another big thing that really helps my pms is eating six SMALL meals day that are made up of complex carbs, protein and veggies and no sugar of caffeine. maybe you already this helps keep my blood sugar balanced which is important for me since i have a lot of hypoglycemic tendencies.

so the naturopathic way has been about 50% effective for me so far, i will let you guys know if the herbal thing works. sorry if i wrote a lot but seeing you guys struggle in ways that i am only too familiar with moved me to be extra comprehensive. i know that every person is different but i thought it could maybe be helpful to let you know the things that have been working for me in this struggle.

stkitt
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   Posted 8/4/2008 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Re the Welbutrin, you may want to try the Wellbutrin SR ( Slow Release) as I have read that it will sometimes work better and have less side effects.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Kitt


 

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jupitersdarlingcate
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   Posted 8/7/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Look at the website for PMDD called www.yaz.com it made a huge difference in my raging mood swings.  I'm 43 and tried all kinds of depression / anxiety combos.  It wasn't 'til I got on this site and read in detail about PMDD that I got relief.  It took about 2 months but made a huge difference in my life!  Take the 30 day tracking calender...it is really helpful. 

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   Posted 8/7/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   

jupitersdarlingcate

Welcome to the Depression forum.  Is this medication the only one you use for depression or is it in addition to other meds you take.

Also we have an intro thread if you want to share a bit about yourself we would love to read it.

Welcome
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jupitersdarlingcate
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   Posted 8/7/2008 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I currently take zoloft but doesn't really help me all that much. The YAZ for PMDD has changed my life! All my symptoms were 2 weeks surrounding my period! They even thought I was BiPolar because I would be fine for a couple weeks and then be deeply depressed for the next couple weeks.

jupitersdarlingcate
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   Posted 8/7/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt - how do I connect to the intro thread?

getting by
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   Posted 8/7/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jupitor,

I bumped the introduction thread up, so it should be towards the top of the page.

hugs, Karen
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