Seeing a Psychiatrist soon

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topsyturvy
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   Posted 9/17/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been dealing with depression for awhile now, have been on Zoloft, Wellbutrin and most recently Pristiq (which I stopped taking this one cold turkey and am sucking wind I guess from withdrawals).  I also have been dealing with anxiety too, I've been on zanax, buspar (made me really crabby) and was given valium but only a few.
 
I just don't feel like doing anything which just makes me miserable and I know that my family is not happy.  My husband is being very supportive and just makes sure to keep telling me he's here for me and will continue to be.
 
I grew up being emotionally and physically abused and I think that is what is starting to affect me now in my adult life...I'm 37 years old.  My parents have just stopped talking to me and I haven't talked to them in about 3 weeks and I have found out that they have said some really mean and hateful things about me.  One of the most hurtful thing was that they said my husband will leave me once the kids grow up cause he don't want to deal with me.  That hurt incredibly bad and when I think about it my anxiety just goes off the charts.  Heck even the thought of them makes my anxiety go off the charts. 
 
I don't sleep very well, lately I've been having nightmares when I do sleep.  I have fibromyalgia so I am in constant pain and I'm sure that plays into the depression and anxiety.  I have never been to a psychiatrist so I'm wondering if she will be able to prescribe me anything different then my dr....which is actually a PA. 
 
I just want to get better and I just want to be functioning again.  I look forward to hearing what ya'll have to say.
Ramie
 
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hboy
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   Posted 9/17/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Topsturvy, they say Psychs are better trained to address medication issues even though the don't how your going to repsond until you try a medication. But I have been told that medication and therapy is probably better than mediaction alone. Cognitive behavioral therapy studies have proven that is can be as effective as meds alone. I think you need to address the anxiety you have with the fact that your parents aren't talking to you. You are lucky your husband is supporting you. My wife isn't being as compassionate as I want her to be. Hboy

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   Posted 9/17/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Topsyturvy,

I think a psychiatrist maybe a good idea. They have a better knowledge of meds and how they will be able to help you depending what help is needed. They may also be able to suggest therapies for you, which may help you dealing with things.
I think maybe some sort of talk therapy like councilling might help you, and is something that will be worth looking into aswell.

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   Posted 9/17/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
You could also be going through a little ptsd from past childhood abuse. There is a good book called "Healing the Child Within" by Charles L. Whitfield, M.D. I have read it and found it to be a helpful tool. So you might want to think about that.

I am happy that you have a supportive husband. And I am glad that you are seeing a psychiatrist. I have fibromyalgia too and my psychiatrist has really helped me a lot. And my therapist is his nurse, so that works out really well for me. She does massage as part of her therapy. She is a psychologist and nusre practioner. I hope that you have as good of results as I did with mine.

Best wishes for a wonderful day.

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Karen
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 9/17/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
hi, jamie here. from someone who was seeing a psychiatrist for 4 and a half yrs straight, and subsequent others as well i highly recommend it. agree with the other members also. am sorry for what is and has happened, me similar, but i wanted to say that you are on the right track. all the best, here for you. i wish you well. with healing compassion. jamie.
 
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topsyturvy
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   Posted 9/17/2009 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have spent a lot of time doing some researching and from what I've read I seem to fit into the Bi-polar category. I wouldn't be surprised that I do have some PTSD from my child hood.

I'm just wanting to get better and get my life back on track. I've already spent some time in some inpatient and don't want to go bck to that. It's totally exhausting to continue to fight the way I am having to fight to get through each and every day. I'm having to watch my temper.

My anxiety is off the charts.....I feel like my heart is gonna come out of my chest. I don't sleep but that could be the anxiety or the fibro. I try to do my best to get through the day but it certainly gets tougher everyday cause most days I don't even want to get out of bed but I've gotta go out and take care of things for the family. Lately all I'd rather do is just sleep cause then I'm not having to deal with all the emotions and feelings that I am feeling.

My husband is trying his best to be supportive, my 15 yr old is very helpful and well the 10 yr old is a 10 yr old. But most people would have the support of their parents but my parents are no where in the picture and if I did say anything they would say that I'm making all this stuff up. I have a Mother-in-Law who is just as bad, every chance she gets she takes me to the side to tell me it would be best if me and the hubby would just split up. I mean how is all this helpful for me. So it really makes me wonder if I am the one to blame for everything. I wonder why god placed me on this earth, haven't figured out my purpose on why he is putting me through all this.
Ramie
 
Zanaflax, Pristiq, Xanax, ambien and occasionally a pain killer
 
Fibro, depression, anxiety, PCOS


stkitt
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   Posted 9/18/2009 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Ramie

I am glad you are going to be seeing a  psychiatrist as they are the ones who deal in the medications used for mental health on a daily basis and have a better understanding of how each med works. 

I know you are feeling desperate to get a handle on your feelings but please try not to dx yourself by over- reading on the internet.  Sometimes when we read sx of the different dx we start to feel we must have all of them.

Your new  psychiatrist should be able to work with you and identify which type of depression you have.  It is not always easy even for the professionals as there are many mixed dx. so try not to let your thoughts spin out of control.

I wish you peace,

Kitt


 

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   Posted 9/19/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ramie,

Please don't let your mother in law get to you. She hasn't got a clue as to what you are going through. And no clue about what fibro is about. I have it too and I understand the exhaustion.

I have got my fibro under control with medications and supplements. It can be done, though I know it feels hopeless at the time. Do you ever visit the fibro forum?

I hope that you are having a better day. I am sure the pdoc can help you. And think about counseling. I go to both.

Best wishes for a wonderful day.

Hugs, Karen
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stkitt
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   Posted 9/20/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Ramie,
 
Tomorrow is Monday and the first day of the rest of your life.  Believe in yourself and know that with help you will learn to live with the depression and also gain new skills in how to deal with difficult people.
 
Blessings,
Kitt
 

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