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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/11/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.
I'm new to this board but not to depression.  I have been on anti-depressents for over 15 years.  (At the time the "Dr" said it would "be for a short time".)  I won't go into the reason I was depressed (long story) but I can assure you that anyone that was in the position I was in would have been depressed too.
Anyway, I started off on Prozac and was on that for over 10 years.  Next - Effexor XR.  That made me into such a zombie that I got an email for my boss and was told to change my "attitude".  I finally bit the bullet and tried Cymbalta.  30 mg didn't cut it so it was upped to 60 mg.
I work at a job I don't really like but can't afford to quit.  My husband just started a job (he also suffers from depression and is on Cymbalta too) and is already hating it.  I'm tired all the time.  My new therapist basically said I won't get better until I quit my job and I can't afford to do that.
I'm so tired of the meds and I just don't feel "happy".  I know if I exercised and ate right, it would help but I have no appetite or energy.
Any suggestions?
Elle  shakehead

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   Posted 8/11/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to HealingWell.

Hello and I am on Cymbalta. I have no energy either and I hate the med as it packed on the pounds and I am still not feeling like I want too.

I have had depression for many more years then you and the med that worked best for me was Nortryptaline. It is an old drug and I did fine on it for 15 years or more and then it just seemed to peter out.  We even tried to increase the dose and no go. 

I am still looking for one that works and I can stay on a steady course witthout so many bumps in the road.

I hope you find one that works for you.  I hate taking any but I don't like the alternative either.

We have a new members thread if you would like to post a little something about yourself or not.  Whatever you are comfortable doing.


Take care


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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 8/11/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the welcome Kitt.  Depression is so lonely.  I remember being lonely as a child but I am an only child so I had imaginary friends.  My mom thought I was nuts and talked to my doctor who said I was very creative.
At 14 I had my first panic attack and by 19 I was completely housebound (agoraphobic) for five years.  I took Xanax for years but that stopped working.  I fell in love, had the best therapist and got out of the house.  Curiously, the "doctors" didn't think I should get off the meds "yet".  I started working and that was 15 years ago.  While I've had 4 different jobs each has been a move up. 
I have friends but no one I feel close enough to talk about this.  At my job, I have been honest about my anxiety and depression and there is one employee who will actually make fun of me.  If someone says something about being crazy or going to the looney bin, this employee will say, "Well Elle knows what that's all about".  That's like saying to an overweight person, "Boy, how'd you get so fat?" 
I just want to feel relaxed and happy.  How do I do that?  I feel like I'm being pulled in a zillion directions.

getting by
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 8/11/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Elle,

I would also like to welcome you to healingwell. I think that you will find that there are a ton of wonderful members here that are very kind and compassionate. I am glad that you popped in.

What about looking for another job while you are still working the one you are at. That way if you come up with something new, then you can quit this job. That is what I use to do. It worked for me. That was years ago though and jobs were much more plentiful. I hope that you can find something that you like. I would ignore those other people, it isn't worth getting upset about. Though I know it is hard, but just try not to let them get to you. They are just ignorant people it sounds like. Nobody in their right mind would say something like that. They aren't worth worrying about.

I can tell that you are a wonderful person and we will be here for you. So please keep posting.

Wishing you the best.

Hugs, Karen...
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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