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OctoberK
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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 8/4/2010 4:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, my name is Erick, and I recently joined this site a couple of weeks back, but started a thread in the anxiety section, thinking it was what I had. I was recently told by my therapist that I have depression, with anxiety, although I beg to differ with the depression part. It's been about a month and 2 weeks since everything had started, which may have been caused by a night of casual drinking. It started out by me feeling very out of it, almost like a state of depersonalization, where things felt quite off and I felt like my body was physically somewhere, but my mind wasn't. It was causing me to lose focus, zone out, and often worry profusely to the point it was almost making me sick and felt as if I was going crazy. These feelings had caused me to have panic attacks and sleepless nights, but they starting getting better when I took the Xanax that was prescribed to me. The past few weeks have been much better since, but I still can't shake the depersonalized feeling, and every now and then it does cause anxiety, stresses me out, and sometimes even creates small panic attacks as well. Just this week, I met with a psychiatrist, who put me on a 3-week trial of Cymbalta, and I just started it yesterday. I know that new medicine like this takes some time getting used to and can cause certain side-effects at first, but I was feeling pretty good throughout the day yesterday after first taking it, only feeling like two symptoms (drowsiness, diarrhea). However, last night was absolutely horrible for me, because I did not sleep one bit and constantly worried about being on this medication, and whether it was right for me, if I really needed it and if I supposed to be on something like this. All this anxiety was built up, and although I should have taken a Xanax, I didn't, and pretty much the fear kept up. So I'm kind of worried now, and I guess I'm just looking for some advice or something to keep some peace in my mind, before I contact my therapist.

getting by
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   Posted 8/4/2010 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
 
Welcome to the depression forum.  Cymbalta can take four to six weeks before it starts working well.  So be patient.  I have heard that it is a hard med to get off of if you decide to.  But if it works for you that wouldn't be a problem.  And I hope that it does.
 
Do keep posting and let us know how you are doing.  We all do care.  And hopefully you will get more replies form somebody who has had experince with this drug.
 
Best wishes to you.
 
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 8/5/2010 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
cymbalta has been my saviour, and i have been on everything. the s/e will dispate in around 2 weeks. give it some time. good on you for posting and seeking help. welcome octoberk. me born 1st of october, thus libran. are you an oct child as well?

keep posting, we are here for you.

the mad professor,

-jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

OctoberK
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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 8/6/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I appreciate and thank everyone for their helpful inputs. I'm trying not to worry or panic, but this being my 4th day on Cymbalta, and I still feel the same, if not worse, and I've had some side effects. I'm trying to wait it out, because I know (hopefully) all these feelings and side effects will go away in time and that I just need more patience. I've never been on medication before, so it's been a huge change for me, and I just can't help but to be worried, but I thank you guys. And I'm actually a November child, but my October username has been a screen name for a bunch of other things, so I decided to use it here lol.

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 18746
   Posted 8/7/2010 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
cool octoberk. going on meds for the first time is daunting. but i hope alike the rest of us on meds you too will find it very helpful. wishing you well.

the mad professor,

-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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