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snowman64
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/4/2009 5:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello:
I am new here. I am posting this as an introduction. My depression is largely in remission right now. I was suffered from severe depression from fall of '04 until the beginning of '09. I am currently taking Wellbutrin and Cymbalta, practicing mindfulness meditation and getting regular exercise to control the depression. I am looking forward to participating in the discussion.

Raniah
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   Posted 6/4/2009 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Snowman,

Thanks for introducing yourself, and welcome. I'm glad your depression is largely in remission right now. It sounds like you've found some very good tools to help yourself, and that's wonderful. I know you will be able to use your experiences to share and help others here, and I am looking forward to your participation, too!
 

 

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."  ~Marcel Proust

 

 


getting by
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   Posted 6/4/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Snowman,

I am so glad that you have joined us. Please feel free to participate on any post. We would love to hear more from you.

Hugs, Karen
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stkitt
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   Posted 6/4/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Hello and welcome to HealingWell and the Depression Forum.  I am glad to hear you are doing better than back in 04. 
 
How do you like the combination of Cymbalta and Wellbutrin?  May I ask what your dose of each medication is?
 
I have a 26 year history of Anxiety and Depression, had a major meltdown in 2005 and still working to keep my head above water on bad days but I have learned so much over these past few years and one is acceptance.......I am a person with depression.  I am also a survivor.
 
Again welcome
Kitt

 

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snowman64
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/4/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Kitt:

As to how I like the combo of Cymbalta & Wellbutrin; it works better for me than anything I have tried. Wellbutrin works on dopamine, and Cymbalta (which is a cocktail of Prozac and something else) works on seratonin and norepinephrine (adrenaline), so I guess all my receptors were fried.

I take 150mg Wellbutrin daily, and 20mg of Cymbalta twice a day. Two smaller doses per day of Cymbalta staves off withdrawal symptoms for me, where one 40mg dose would leave me feeling bad about 16 hours later. I get horrible withdrawal from Wellbutrin if I miss a dose. I take a lot of Fish Oil (Omega3, at least 4800mg per day, often more.), which helps greatly with withdrawal symptoms from either. (especially the "brain zaps". If you get them, you know exactly what I mean.)

Acceptance is important. Fighting reality makes many people unhappy for their entire lifetime - and doesn't change reality one bit.

Thanks for the welcome. Best wishes.

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
welcome snowman. hi i am jamie, male, 37. i have dx of mdd and severe borderline personality disorder. mindfulness, yes i do it it is excellent, so good on ya!! i mediate when my sugars are stable! keep well, and a big welcome to you!! jamie. yeah yeah

stkitt
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   Posted 6/5/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Snowman,

Thanks for the answer re the meds.  I was on Cymbalta 120 mg per day at one time and it brought me to my knees, literally..............dropped my BP and down I went.

I just weaned off Cymbalta after taking it for over a year at a variety of different doses.  I weaned very slowly and also used Omega3, did not have any brain zaps.  It has been 8 weeks now that I have been off completely and still having some mood swings. 

Taking Wellbutrin together with Cymbalta caused my anxiety to increase and I felt dizzy all the time so I only took it for a short time.

Right now I am using Trazodone 100 mg at bedtime and Buspar twice daily.

Also I have worked with therapy and online self help CBT.

I agree with you, acceptance is key to dealing with depression.

Thank you so much for joining this great forum.

We are all family here so welcome aboard.

Kitt

 


 

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