How do you know if med is working best?

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Designs
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   Posted 4/27/2005 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Wondering how you know if your med is working as good as it should be? I finally started taking prozac several months ago and I DO feel better, but not any to the extent I would LIKE to feel..saybefore depression and stress set in. I am not freaking out, but still feel little real joy and happiness...kinda numb. Should I increase the dosage, or just be satisfied in this twilight zone. Think I have been on prozac a couple months now. If this makes any sense to you please reply with some suggestions. Thanks,
 

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   Posted 4/27/2005 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on Paxil (in the same class of med) and felt much the same. It allowed me to get myself centered and facing a direction I felt I could go in, but never really felt yeah this is it. Maybe give the Prozac a little longer to see if you come out of this feeling of numbness. I would def. follow-up with the Dr. and let them know what is going on. It really took almost 6 months before I felt like I was going to be o.k. after starting the Paxil. It may take a few tries to get the right med or combinations of meds but I do know that once you are there, there is an underlying feeling of calmness that I began to feel.
 
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
 
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   Posted 4/27/2005 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Designs!!

Great question! Randy gave you some great advice.

When my anti-d REALLY started working, I forgot to take it frequently. That's how I knew I was doing really better. I did find that I was more able to 'stand up for myself'. Prior to treatment . . . I would much prefer doing ANYTHING other than confront someone. Now I can carefully engage in some controversy. I don't wear a 'doormat' sign anymore.

But . . . I remember being joyful as part of my basic personaity. Did you tend to be joyful before depression?? If not, you may need to 'learn' joy.

Blessings!
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Designs
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   Posted 5/1/2005 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the responses.  I have felt no joy in six months..This may be too hard for me to endure much longer.

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   Posted 5/1/2005 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Designs,

Are you joyful by nature? Or is joy something that was always illusive? Some people have to learn joy.
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   Posted 5/2/2005 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
i have to learn joy i think. i don't even remember real joy it's been so long. but i was using marijuana to cover it up and make myself think i was joyful, when in reality i've been a mess. i feel spurts of happiness, like when i think of my fiance, sports, music or things that i enjoy, but then something steps in and takes those thoughts away and replaces them with fear of dying, fear of a heart attack(long story), or just hopelessness in my job search or in what i want to be in life. i will get it back, i just need to work on getting everything out there and being open and not holding back. like rosie said, i was just like her with the human doormat thing. everybody walked all over me because i was afraid nobody would want to hang out with me if i stood up for myself. but i feel more willing to fight for myself. i actually got into an argument with someone at the gym the other day who was trash talking, and i put him in his place in front of his friends who were playing too. felt good, and i really didn;t even think twice about it. hopefully this is just the start for me.

Having2LeftFeet
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   Posted 5/2/2005 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
confused  That's me, confused. I really can't say because I am on 3 different anti-depressants. I guess it a process of elimination!
 
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   Posted 5/2/2005 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Sober . . . what a great victory!! (over depression) That is a good sign and great step forward!
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