I dont think the result of any antidepressant can be predicted, you have to try it for up to 6 weeks, with anxiety and depression, it may work for one, the other, both, or neither
I finally found the SSRI type helped a lot for my anxiety but have never found any AD that helps with my depression
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Thanks for the info.
Sunnivara, let me just start here by saying I am a few credits away from my masters in psychology and I have worked in the mental health field (managing psychiatric care facilities) for over 11 yrs. I also have depression, anxiety/panic disorder and PTSD which is mostly due to my childhood. So, I do know a little about mental illness and the insight into it.
Just from what you have posted I wouldnt in anyway say that you are describing anti-social traits. Depression...yes, maybe some social anxiety disorder going on also but this can be very commen with depression and mostly with those that have had it long term.
It is extremely important that you have a psychiatrist to diagnose and prescribe medications for you. It very much sounds to me as if you have done all this "research" and now you feel that your qualified enough to tell your doctor what you want to take based on what you have read. Then are also looking for other diagnosis that may or may not be there...this is not productive nor mentally healthly for you.
You state that you dont have the time or energy to devote to CBT right now due to the depression. But you have energy to devote to posting on here about how depressed you are which I am sure takes up time and you do your research about depression and meds. All I am saying is that you have to take the step to decide your going to make yourself get better...It's not your depression kicking your arse, it's you kicking depression.
Medication may always be in the cards for you...I know it is for me to function. But so is counseling to learn the skills you need to know to cope with this on a daily basis. Make your appointments...Get Better
Wow. I thought this was a place I could come and share my feelings and ideas without criticism. I guess not. Where exactly did I say I knew it all and was going to tell my doctor what my diagnosis is or what medication I should be prescribed? I have every intention of asking my doctor what she thinks, and asking her who else I should see. My posts here are just for tossing out feelings and ideas to see if others have had similar experiences and what they think. Did you notice my previous post ended with questions? This means I'm just curious about these ideas, not making absolute conclusions. Since when is it mentally unhealthy to question things and explore ideas?
As for CBT, that requires a whole lot more energy and dedication than an occasional forum post, which I can do while at work on my coffee break. Are you saying changing my life with CBT is as easy as taking 5 minutes while sipping coffee to post in a forum? I wish!
Something to keep in mind....depressed people are often sensitive types. If you want to be a psychologist please try to word things in such a way that you do not put people on the defensive, as you have done here with me. You, of all people here, should know that criticising is the least effective way to get a positive response from someone. If you did not mean to criticize, I'm sorry. Then you just need to try to word things in such a way that it doesn't sound critical because, frankly, it did....the typical "get your $&!+ together" speech I've heard a hundred times in my life that's never worked.
I hope I don't p!$$ you off. That's not my intention. I realize that underneath all that you are only trying to help. But it bothered me and I felt I needed to say something.
Post Edited (Sunnivara) : 5/9/2007 11:19:32 PM (GMT-6)
Hey Sunnivara, I'm sorry if have offended you with my post that wasnt my intention at all. Your right that this site is for mutual support and understanding...which I have given to you. I know CBT is a lot of work that was why I suggested counseling with a thearpist. It is always your choice to decide to take another members advice/suggestions they give however, I have seen you ask lots of questions regarding meds and such yet not give any postive responses toward the feedback you have been given by those members. Granted, this is your right to do but you have been given lots of excellent advice here and on multiple threads might I add.
It is easy for people to get wording mixed up when reading typing or get a feel of what someone really means when posting in a forum situation. Perhaps I read you wrong and I am willing to concede that idea here. For example:
Everyone here is at differant stages of depression which always makes a big differance with perception. My post had nothing to do with telling you to get your crap together. Fact is that people with depression dont seek help until it has reached an all time high point or crisis if you will. We lack motivation to do anything other than what is necessary in life like work and eat. It is just going through the motions. I have been down in that dark hole so many times and each time it gets harder and harder to claw my way out. I had my PCP for the longest time prescribing my medications and I too had done my homework and gave suggestions on what I wanted to take and didnt. He always gave in or just wrote out the script. I always thought I knew what I was doing, was informed and I guess most of that was stupidity since I had my degree BS in psych. and work with these medications. I hit a hard spot in my life after I was diagnosed with my heart condition and my Zoloft stopped working for me. I didnt go to the doc for an increase as I was at max dosage so I figured I could wait it out see if it gets any better...how stupid is that?! It wont go away on it's own...lol! I ended up back in the hospital (heart related) and really that is what saved my life as to the depression because my PCP referred that a private Psychiatrist come to the hosp. and see me. He changed my meds straight off and I havent ever felt this good in my life. That was a year and half ago and my Psychiatrist had to force me into counseling for childhood abuse issues...we all carry something around with us. So no matter how much I thought I knew it turned out I didnt really.
I have strived to be supportive to everyone on this board and yeah, I am blunt and to the point which I wont appolize for, that is just me. I dont dance around with words. Critical I'm not as I have been there and know that at any one day I could be right back there and who know's how I would respond? I hope it would be better than I have in the past. Anyway, I do put alot of thought into what I write and how it is going to come across...the only thing is that I can not contol how someone may take it.