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Holding Tightly
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   Posted 2/15/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm new to this forum and wanted to introduce myself. I was diagnosed with mild depression about 15 years ago and started on Zoloft. I LOVED Zoloft and didn't have any bad side effects. Once I started feeling better I realized that I had been depressed all of my life and had figured that was normal. Zoloft worked well for many years, then it didn't -- I don't know why. I've tried other meds and nothing worked like Zoloft, no matter the strength. So last November idea I figured I'd wean myself off the Lexapro I was taking since I wasn't feeling that great and was using coffee & chocolate to feel better. Plus, insomnia started and when my doctor said that was a common side effect I figured that maybe I could go w/o it. So I weaned myself off and haven't been taking any medication for depression.

Unfortunately, I'm not doing well -- easily irritable, no energy, some days I feel hopeless and just want to stay in bed. I couldn't go on like this anymore, so I have an appointment with the Clinical Nurse of a local Psychiatrist to get back on some kind of medication. I'm really disappointed as I was hoping I wouldn't need it anymore, and I sure don't want the insomnia to return. Kind of feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place right now. cry

I'm hoping sharing with y'all will help, and being part of a group that "gets it".

getting by
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   Posted 2/15/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Holding Tightly,
 
First of all welcome to the forum.  You did come to a good place where people do "get it".
 
Did you try increasing your zoloft?  I know that is probably a dumb question, because I am sure that the doctor probably did everything possible. 
 
There is an online site that is Cognative Behavior Therapy that you might be interested in.  And it is free.
 
 
You might want to check that out and see how it goes. 
 
I hope that you feel better soon and that you can find the med that works for you.
 
Best wishes,
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


Holding Tightly
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   Posted 2/15/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Getting By and thank you for your response. Yes, my doctor tried a lot of things over the years -- different drugs and higher doses. I'm feeling like nothing will work for me like Zoloft did that first time, but I also know that I'm in God's hands and He has a plan for me. (Sometimes I just wish He would hurry up tho! LOL)

Thank you for the link -- I'll check it out. :-)

Miss Tradgedy
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   Posted 2/15/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
HoldingTightly I have a question- how do you get diagnosed with depresion for help? how do you make people and yourself know that you're just not sad sometimes??? it's seriosly confusing me.
(((ps, exucse the poor spelling... school holidays go to my head...lol))

Holding Tightly
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   Posted 2/15/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Miss Tradgedy, I was diagnosed while myself, my husband and son (who was about 10 at the time) were in family counseling. I continued to meet privately with the counselor and she said she thought I was depressed and would I try meds. At first I said no, but she gently asked me again at a later time and then I agreed. I then met with a Psychiatrist in that office and he put me on Zoloft.

Feeling sad is a whole lot different than being depressed, I think. For me depression meant feeling hopeless at times, negative thoughts or hardly any thoughts, no energy or desire to do anything other than watch TV. (I still LOVE TV!)

I didn't realize that I was depressed until after I started on Zoloft and felt how good I could feel. It amazed me. But, I have found at times that if I combine chocolate and sugar (especially later in the day) it's like a switch is flipped in my brain and I have energy, lots of positive thoughts and my future feels good! I've told every doctor I've ever seen about this, and they have nothing to say. LOL I just wish I could find a medication that made me feel that good ALL the time!

Miss Tradgedy
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   Posted 2/15/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
a lot of people who i tried to talk to just said that feeling hopeless and having no energy or desire to do things was part of being a teenager... is this also true, or could it be something else?
and chocolate and sugar are ALWAYS good if you're feeling down... it must be some smart chemical thing LOL

Holding Tightly
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   Posted 2/15/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
As far as feeling hopeless and having no energy or desire to do things being part of being a teenager, I don't know as I'm not a doctor. But I know that I felt that way most, if not all the time as a teen. Plus, I grew up in a home with 2 alcoholic parents and that had it's own dynamics. But, counseling over the years and going to self help groups and reading helped me tremendously.

When I grew up we didn't have the Internet, so you are very blessed to have access to a lot of resources without even leaving your home. wink
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