My name is Dan...I'm new here but I have been living with severe depression for many years now...I blame a combination of bad things for my problem: genetics, bad childhood experiences and drug and alcohol abuse when I was in my teens and twenties...I stopped partying when I was 27...I am now 42 and I have been on different anti-depressant medications since 1993...my doctor says I will most likely be on antidepressants for the rest of my life.
I have tried to quit medication many times; however I spiral very rapidly without them...without medication I can not focus or function...especially at work.
Anyway I have been reading a lot of threads here and have noticed that a majority of you are woman?
I feel for you my sisters and I hope to become friends with you all, but I was wondering if there are any men on this forum that have been long time depression fighters or who are new to the disease "Not that I don't like the ladies"
I have been on Effexor now for about 16 months now, but I think it may be fizzling out now.
I use to not share my health problem (s) "macho" because of the stigma that comes with being diagnosed with depression...One good thing about getting older is that you don't care nearly as much on how people perceive you as when you are younger...now its like @%$^ it...besides I have a pretty good job and I definitely don't need to prove anything to anyone.
Yeah exercise is great; especially for people like you and I...its getting started and getting into a routine that is the hard part...my problem is I can not stand the cold weather like I use to...January, February and March are tought for me...when the weather is nice I only come inside to eat sleep and bath.
Zoloft was my first therapy medication and I truly believe it saved my life...I had reached my wits end at that time...the only draw back of Zoloft was the sexual one...my girlfriend back then must have really loved me to have put up with that.
I put on an extra ten pounds while on Celexa...it worked well for me as far as me being able to focus and function "keep from losing my job" but I always felt as though I was sedated and the sexual side affects were bad for me.
I started taking Effexxor without even reading up on it...if I had put more though and read up on Effexxor I probably would have never agreed to take it...my fear is that if indeed this medication fizzles out as the others did, I will go through a tough time weaning off it.
Thank you for the reply atedogs
Tomorrow is Friday...whoohoo
4yrs is encouraging. Sorry to hear you had some personal tragedy, I sincerely hope you get to feeling better soon.
I lost my father 16 months ago and my favorite aunt passed away last October...the loss of my dad and aunt were the first family deaths I’ve experienced since my childhood. They both have had a profound effect on me.
We have the med thing in common. I was on Zoloft for about 3 years at 200mg and it just stopped working for me. I weened off of that and went to Luvox which was great but I started to have problems with my heart and had to have a pacemaker in-plant. So, the Luvox was switched to Effexor XR. I have a big problem with low blood pressure and my doctor thought that the Effexor would help bring it up. Anyway I also take 225mg of it and feel pretty great mentally at least. I also believe that the medication has saved my life and brought me back to a normal quality of life.
I too worry about have to ween off the Effexor as I have read horror stories about it. Do you have any bouts of anger since taking it? Sometimes I seem to get angry over things that would not normally bother me. My Psychiatrist said that he has heard of this as the Effexor works differently than the other antidepressants but I haven't seen anyone mention it before.