I'm Losing My Mind! Gone Have To Give In!

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Ark
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   Posted 1/10/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Today has been a really terrible day. I woke up feeling so tied and figured it was because I slept so much yesterday after noon and all last night, like 18 hours total.
 
I was so foggy headed, no energy weak thru out my body exspecially in the legs and the feeling as if I was going to flip out in my head, totally lose control!
 
I have been fighting taking anti depressants for years because of the side effects and the horror stories I've read and hear about...............but looks like I'm going to have to give in and start taking them.
 
It's so strange that this comes and go. I will be just fine all day long then Boom this stuff hits me so badly. I do not want to talk to anyone, go anywhere, don't even want to get on my computer and it scares me that my mind can change in a split second and start to feel this way.
I'm sure this is Depression, am I right?
 
Any suggests on what anti depressant I should ask my doctor to prescribe me. I surely do not want something that going to may me all girrery feeling or all spaced out worse then I am now.
 
Thanks, Sabrina

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   Posted 1/10/2007 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ark, I can understand your apprehension about wanting to take an antidepressant but if you feel that you really need one them please dont wait it out, go see your doctor.  A lot of people worry about how these medications will effect them and with good cause, everyone is differant so it is hard to say what is going to be a good match for you.  I hope you find the answers your looking for and please keep us updated.

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jordaNZone
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   Posted 1/11/2007 1:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ark
Don't give up yet Ark..
Have you been to counselling/therapy over the years? Being able to talk to someone who doesn't judge and can offer support as well as being able to teach you skills to cope when things turn bad can really help!
Taking antidepressants is kinda scarey at first..like all new things in life..but hey, do you think you can feel any worse than you do now by trying something that can set you on the way to feeling so much better!
Maree

Suzy35
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   Posted 1/11/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there Ark. I was there a while back and it was horrid. Talk to your doc, antidepressants helped me ALOT!!! I did have to have my dosage upped, but that's just part of figuring out what works for you.

Ark
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   Posted 1/11/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi JordaNZone,

 I will be seeing a shirnk this month and will see what he suggests, counselling/therapy for me.

I agree that Antidepressants are a scarey thing, I have taken them before but after the first dose they made me feel worse so I never took them again.

I've always been the kind of person that feels if by taking a drug and making ya feel worse then before you took the drug, then why take it?

Plus the addition of the things as well. But like you said it could possibily help if I give it time to work.

Thanks for your reply,

Sabrina

jordaNZone said...
Hi Ark
Don't give up yet Ark..
Have you been to counselling/therapy over the years? Being able to talk to someone who doesn't judge and can offer support as well as being able to teach you skills to cope when things turn bad can really help!
Taking antidepressants is kinda scarey at first..like all new things in life..but hey, do you think you can feel any worse than you do now by trying something that can set you on the way to feeling so much better!
Maree

Ark
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   Posted 1/11/2007 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   

HI Suzy35,

How did your depression effect you? Did you have depression all the time or did it come and go?

Mine comes and goes. I can be fine for days then all the sudden it hits me for only 2 to 5 hours then lifts..poof gone! So strange too.

What anti depressant did you doctor put you on and did you have any sides when first taking them drug? How long before you started feeling better? and, do you feel like your old self again now that you've been on the anti depressant?

 

I know antidepressants can take anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks to feel the full effect.

 

Thanks for you reply,

Sabrina

Suzy35 said...
Hang in there Ark. I was there a while back and it was horrid. Talk to your doc, antidepressants helped me ALOT!!! I did have to have my dosage upped, but that's just part of figuring out what works for you.

1dayatatime
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   Posted 1/12/2007 4:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sabrina,

Hope you will have a good day today!

I was hospitalized a couple of months ago for major depression. The docs changed my meds and I am feeling better. I am taking wellbutrin and trazodone.

Take Care
Levonne

 "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within.

 It is there all the time."
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Major Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, PTSD, Degenerative Disc Disease (post Fusion),  Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia,  Restless Leg Syndrome, Migraine Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, IBS, GERD, TMJ

 


Suzy35
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   Posted 1/12/2007 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Ark,
My depression started out as an on and off thing, but awhile back it was there all the time. My head was so full of "what ifs" and it wouldn't shut down. My husband finally made me go to the doc and it was a good thing he did, I was totally falling apart.
My doc put me on Prozac and started me off at 20mg, it started helping in about a week, but even after four weeks I was still having problems with depression and anxiety. So she upped my dosage to 40mg and I've been doing alot better. Not that life it perfect, but it's not so "doom and gloom" now and I feel like I can move forward.
I do feel more like "me" now, maybe even a bit better. I still just take it day by day.

LondonGirl22
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   Posted 1/12/2007 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been suffering with severe depression and anxiety disorder along with PTSD.  I started Effexor whilst in hospital and was amazed at how well it has worked.  I started off on a low dose and gradually increased to 225mg per day.
 
It has really lifted my depression and reduced my anxiety.
 
Everyone responds differently to antidepressants and it did take up to 6 weeks for mine to work fully.  I do think they help a great deal with depression and anxiety.  They do not take away your problems but they helped me to cope better with what problems I did have.
 
Take care and keep in touch

Victoria x


 

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Ark
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   Posted 1/13/2007 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Victoria,

So glad to hear that the Effexor is working so well for you. How was it when you first started taking Effexor..and side effect or strange feelings from the drug?

Did you have to go into the hospital because of depression? How long were you in the hospital?

Thanks for repling to my post,

Sabrina

Victoria said...
I have been suffering with severe depression and anxiety disorder along with PTSD.  I started Effexor whilst in hospital and was amazed at how well it has worked.  I started off on a low dose and gradually increased to 225mg per day.
 
It has really lifted my depression and reduced my anxiety.
 
Everyone responds differently to antidepressants and it did take up to 6 weeks for mine to work fully.  I do think they help a great deal with depression and anxiety.  They do not take away your problems but they helped me to cope better with what problems I did have.
 
Take care and keep in touch


Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 1/13/2007 11:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sabrina,

As my doctor said to me a while ago, the best way to prescribe anti-depressants is according to side effects. If you are suffering fatique, then it's not a good idea to prescribe one that makes you tired. He recommends that the patient tell the doctor how s/he is feeling and then the Doctor recommend one or two and tells the patient all of the pros and cons of both and they make a decision together. I take Celexa and have had great success. We tried switching to Effexor for a while and it didn't work at all. I have no know side effects with Celexa and I feel a lot better.

The secret I have found is to take an anti-depressant with counselling (with a psychologist). That has worked well for me over the past few years.

Good luck. I hope you feel better soon and find a solution that works for you.
Nicky
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Ark
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   Posted 1/13/2007 11:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Nicky,

 Thanks for your reply.

When you started the Celexa did you have any weird feelings at all. Like just not connected, or anything at all?

How long before the Celexa started to show inprovements for you?

Thanks for sharing

Sabrina

Nicky (coquitlam55) said...
Hi Sabrina,

As my doctor said to me a while ago, the best way to prescribe anti-depressants is according to side effects. If you are suffering fatique, then it's not a good idea to prescribe one that makes you tired. He recommends that the patient tell the doctor how s/he is feeling and then the Doctor recommend one or two and tells the patient all of the pros and cons of both and they make a decision together. I take Celexa and have had great success. We tried switching to Effexor for a while and it didn't work at all. I have no know side effects with Celexa and I feel a lot better.

The secret I have found is to take an anti-depressant with counselling (with a psychologist). That has worked well for me over the past few years.

Good luck. I hope you feel better soon and find a solution that works for you.


LondonGirl22
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   Posted 1/14/2007 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Ark said...

Hi Victoria,

So glad to hear that the Effexor is working so well for you. How was it when you first started taking Effexor..and side effect or strange feelings from the drug?

Did you have to go into the hospital because of depression? How long were you in the hospital?

Thanks for repling to my post,

Sabrina

 

Hi Ark,

When I first started the effexor, I started on a low dose and gradually increased to 225mg.  I experienced a few side effects to start with such as:

Increased Anxiety, Palpitations, Muscle Twitches

These didn't last very long and I felt that they were under control.

I was admitted to the hospital because of my depression.  I had a breakdown and waas diagnosed with PTSD aswell.  I stayed in hospital for 4 months in total but had some home leave during that time.

I am doing better now, I still have good and bad days but things are so much better to how they were.  I had other meds in hospital for anxiety but these could only be prescribed as an inpatient and cannot be prescribed for home use.  They were benzodiazapines so are only for short term use.

Keep in touch and take care, I hope you get some help and start to feel better soon.  Everyone reacts differently to antidepressants and not all of these have side effects in everyone.  Sometimes it can be a bit of trial and error until we find the one that suits us but they do work and they do help with depression and anxiety.

 

 

 


Victoria x


 

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Ark
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   Posted 1/15/2007 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   

HI Victoria,

 I do take Xanax for anxiety/panic attacks. The anxiety/panic attacks use to be few and far between but as of lately they have been more often and more often then I care to have.

This ole brain of mine is just getting old..LOL..and has been down the road and now it has decided to flip out on me, so I will talk to my shrink about the anit-depressants if I choose to go this route.

I'm so scared of taking the anti-depressants because of their side effects. I do understand that one can get very lucky and the first ones prescribed work well...then again a person can go thru many of them until they find the right one.

I've been looking into other alternative treatment for depression as well....but whic one ot choose is the decission??

Thanks for your input,

Sabrina

Victoria said...
Ark said...

Hi Victoria,

So glad to hear that the Effexor is working so well for you. How was it when you first started taking Effexor..and side effect or strange feelings from the drug?

Did you have to go into the hospital because of depression? How long were you in the hospital?

Thanks for repling to my post,

Sabrina

 

Hi Ark,

When I first started the effexor, I started on a low dose and gradually increased to 225mg.  I experienced a few side effects to start with such as:

Increased Anxiety, Palpitations, Muscle Twitches

These didn't last very long and I felt that they were under control.

I was admitted to the hospital because of my depression.  I had a breakdown and waas diagnosed with PTSD aswell.  I stayed in hospital for 4 months in total but had some home leave during that time.

I am doing better now, I still have good and bad days but things are so much better to how they were.  I had other meds in hospital for anxiety but these could only be prescribed as an inpatient and cannot be prescribed for home use.  They were benzodiazapines so are only for short term use.

Keep in touch and take care, I hope you get some help and start to feel better soon.  Everyone reacts differently to antidepressants and not all of these have side effects in everyone.  Sometimes it can be a bit of trial and error until we find the one that suits us but they do work and they do help with depression and anxiety.

 

 

 

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