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neverbetter
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   Posted 6/12/2010 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I thought I was getting better, but today I woke up with a nasty case of depression. sad I feel kinda achy, which might be part of it..  I hate when I get in moods like this, because they always make me want to quit my medication...
 
I was just wondering, do any of you feel that after you were put on drugs, you've lost a big part of your life?  I don't know how to explain it.. It's like you can't think as deeply as you did before..? I'm getting to the point where I can't even access negative thoughts, more the less feel them.  This should be a good thing, but it makes me feel kinda lost!!
 
Finally, I keep feeling really disoriented/have a headache and dizzy.. Might this have something to do with my medication?  I'm not sure if I should be worried or not.. So ugggh. Lol.

getting by
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   Posted 6/12/2010 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it is a good thing that the negative thoughts are gone, but am concerned about the dizziness and headache. Do you think maybe you should let the doctor know about this?

Often we think too much. Especially if we are depressed. This leads to all kinds of trouble. We overthink things and come to irrational conclusions. So it is good not to think too much. Focus on the postive. How long have you been on this medication? Could the dizziness and headache be something that will go away? Talk to the doc or a pharmacist and see what they say.

I hope that you feel better. It almost sounds like you are coming down with a bug of some sort.

Take care.

Hugs, Karen
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 6/12/2010 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
hi never better.
 
i know for certain that without medication that 1. i would have deterioated further, 2. i probably would not be here.
 
jamie.
 
ps, hoping you feel better very soon.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


manyembers
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   Posted 6/12/2010 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

My husband is on depression meds. and he has expressed that he misses being able to feel life more fully. He does commen that he does really value how the meds. take the edge off stress, but just to say, that he also wishes he didn't need to be on them because of his emotions not feeling 'full' like before.

He doesn't mention that as much as he used to though, so I think maybe he's gotten used to it a bit, and focusing on the benefits is helpful.

Some people seem to need meds. a long time or their whole lives, while others are able to go off them at some point. So there's always a chance that you might not always need to take them. But for now, I guess just try to focus on the helpfulness they are bringing you.

The other thing you could try is looking into some natural alternatives. Of course you would need to run anything you find by your dr. and make sure it doesn't interact badly with the meds. you are on, and get his input in any changes you might want to make. Everyone is different, and I'm not saying this would be the best course of action for you, but it is an option if you felt you wanted to do some research on this.

There is a thread on this forum on rhodiola rosea. I took that for awhile and it lifted the depression I was having, but stopped working after a while. I don't know if natural remedies are as strong as meds. so may or may not be suitable for depression that is severe or long term

By the way, I can also kind of relate to what you are saying in a sense. I am coping with fibromyalgia and have had some huge improvements (natural route). The pain issues actually affected my mood and I got so used to feeling angry and agitated at times (from physiological stuff that then affected my emotions). Well, then I made some progress and the physiological pain got better and hence my emotions also evened out. Well, I actually felt empty or like I didn't know how to 'be' anymore, because things felt so peaceful suddenly. It was like losing a part of myself or at least my reality in a way. Even though it was good.

I guess though we do find ways to adjust to these things, and the biggest thing is to just trust ourselves that we have what it takes for this healing journey and to try to go with the flow the best we can each step of the way.


Take care, manyembers

Post Edited (manyembers) : 6/12/2010 10:09:28 PM (GMT-6)


neverbetter
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   Posted 6/13/2010 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone.  Yes, I agree that depression makes you be inside your mind more, so I guess I'm just not used to thoughts without depression!  It's funny that when you have depression, you want it to go away so bad, but when it's somewhat cured it's hard to adjust!
 
I have been looking into natural solutions with my doctor.  She says that I have to keep taking the drugs though, because building up the natural stuff takes a while.. I'll definitely work on that, though!
 
As for the headache and dizziness, I looked into the side-effects of my drugs and they both have those side-effects.. But I've been taking the meds for quite some time, and I thought they might subside.. But maybe it will just take a little longer (I hope)! Since my pdoc is currently on vacation I kind of just have to wait it out. But it's okay, I'll deal. Still have the symptoms pretty bad today, but maybe it really is a virus.  I've been feeling more tired lately so it could be. Hmm.
 
I somewhat pulled myself up today and started writing again (with an ice pack on my head, haha).  It felt great, and though I initially thought that the drugs were dimming my creativity, I'm beginning to think I was wrong.  Actually, my writing is more focused and I can actually concentrate better! Yay!  
 
Thanks for reading and posting! I'm gunna pull through this, God-Willing, and try to start focusing on the positive and the benefits! Thanks again for the advice, and hope all is well with you!

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 6/14/2010 1:37 AM (GMT -7)   
good 4 you. keep being focused, and keep beleiving in you, jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

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