Hi Kelly, I wanted to welcome you to healing well forum, we are happy to have you. I dont have children but I well remember my mother trying to raise my little brother and I on her own after a nasty divorce. She has depression and has had it for many years and I recall it being very difficult on her and the effects of that did trickle down to us. She didnt have a support system either...but as kids of course we didnt know this.
I too have depression, anxiety/panic problems and take medication for these. I once was on Zoloft for several years and did very well on it until I started to go through my own divorce and then it just seemed that the Zoloft wasnt working as well anylonger. So I changed medications.
If you havent been on Zoloft in a while then 50mg is a good starting point. You wouldnt want to start out at 100 mg as this would be way too much and too taxing on your system to begin with. You take the 50mg for a few weeks, then give your doc a call and ask to be bumped up to a higher dosage if and when you feel that you need it. Dont feel like your pushing for drugs...your being proactive in your health and that is something that a lot of people dont do. It is hard to recognize that you have to take an antidepressant to make us feel "normal" or better but the alternative to do so is worse....so dont feel guilty, do what you have to for you and your children to get better and have a better life.
We are always here and I do hope that you continue to post as this is a wonderful site for information and support. I am sure that you will have some more replies to your post...hang in there
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hey kelley, i am also a single mom. have a dd who will be 6 in december, and a 4.5 year old boy with autism. it's hard.
i myself have chronic Lower back pain, anular tears, herniations, OA, depression/anxiety, mood swings (severe), fatigue, fibromyalgia, lupus, spinal stenosis, and most recently, cancer for which i am receiving radiation.
i get no support from my ex husband, and cannot find him to even fight. i am too tired to fight. i feel bad that i can't take care of my kdis i wouldlike to. i am so very sad, crying all the time. i sometimes wonder what my purpose here is. i don't want to end it, i want my life back. i want to be happy and enjoy my kids.
i am a nurse who can't work but one day a week (to pay insurance) because of the physical demands. i have bils piled up, collectorscalling,the works. i wish i could just get better. i am trying to get approvedf or disability.
i am sorry this is scattered, i just wanted to say you are not alone. i wish i knew a single mom around here i could confide in. i wish i could just be healthy and take care of my two precious kidsl. i feel so gad
oxycontin 40mg TID, msir 30mg tid, effexor xr 150mg daily, royal jelly, MVI, folic acid, depakote (migraines), lipitor for cholesterol (600), maxalt for migraines, xanax/ativan for anxiety, ambien/lunesta/rozerem for insomnia. too many other meds too count right now. i have a whole box of em.