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ediekristen
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   Posted 5/22/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, my appointment is in 3 hours... I'm really nervous, I just wish it would hurry up and be 4 already so I could get it over with. 
I typed up a list of my feelings/concerns that I know I will choke up on and not end up telling her otherwise so I will give it to her beforehand. I'm sure we'll probably discuss therapy, though I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet. We'll see.

Is it presumptuous to ask that I be put on a certain antidepressant? I have this fear of coming across as a hypochondriac or that I'm someone that sits around diagnosing herself and saying "I think I have this and I need this".
But I've done a lot of thinking about this and when I finally decided to take the medicinal route, I researched alot of the popular antidepressants and their side effects, and I really think Wellbutrin would probably be my best bet, as I'm particularly concerned about weight gain and loss of sex drive/ability. Maybe I'll just tell her my concerns about that and hopefully she'll come to the Wellbutrin decision on her own...
 
Well, wish me luck! I'll post back this afternoon on here and let you all know how it went. Thanks for all your support everyone; I probably would have never actually went through with this if it weren't for you all. :-)

ShynSassy
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   Posted 5/22/2007 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hardspace
The first time I went to the doctor I too was so nervous!
But,after telling them everything and then leaving with someone knowing and understanding! Wow,I wasn't crazy!


Good luck and Let us know how it turned out.


Shy
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Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
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ediekristen
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   Posted 5/22/2007 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, it's over. On the way there, I actually considered (for a moment) turning around and just going home. But I went, and it was a lot easier than I'd expected. She really liked my list, said it was extremely helpful, and she just asked me some basic questions and talked with me a bit about depression in general. I really like her, she was very nice and I didn't feel too uncomfortable, though I did feel like I was burning red the whole time.

She ended up giving me 6 weeks worth of Lexapro samples (very nice of her!) and told me to come back in three/four weeks to let her know how things are going. I got too nervous to ask about Wellbutrin, but I'm willing to give Lexapro a shot. She felt it would be particularly helpful since it's approved for depression and anxiety disorders. She also gave me a referral to a therapist, but I'm not sure yet if I will go through with that. I think I may just try the medication and the yoga classes first and see how I feel in a few weeks.

I'm just glad I did it. I do feel much better knowing that I'm taking steps to getting better. I just took my first dose... I'm hoping it helps (without slaughtering my sex drive...)
Female, 21, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia from long term prednisone use

Currently taking 7.5mg of prednisone (down from 40! Almost done...)
Waiting to start back on Azathioprine...


ShynSassy
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   Posted 5/22/2007 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats!! you just made the most important step in healing that you could take.
See,doesn't it feel like a different world to be understood for once?


Shy
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Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
Meds I have taken throughout the years:Wellbutrin,Tranxene,Paxil,Prozac,Valium,
Currently taking none.
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ediekristen
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   Posted 5/22/2007 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
It really does. She was so nice and very supportive of my decision. I told her that I had tried to avoid antidepressants and tried other more natural routes but I just felt it was time and she just nodded empathetically and for a change I really didn't feel like I was being judged or that she was thinking I am crazy. If only everyone was so understanding!
Female, 21, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia from long term prednisone use

Currently taking 5mg of prednisone (down from 40! Almost done...)
10 mg Lexapro
Waiting to start back on Azathioprine...


harry4
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   Posted 5/22/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   

all antidepressants may help for depression, anxiety or both or neither

feeling red can be caused by large amounts of the vitamin niacin, also stress causes it sometimes


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TexasJen
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   Posted 5/22/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you!! Actually seeing a doctor for depression and anxiety is a huge step. You did it! Give yourself a big pat on the back. :-)

As for lexapro, I do very well on it, and have done for 5 years at 10 mg. Both me and my husband noticed gastric side-effects only in the first 2 weeks. If you feel like you have a red hot coal in your upper abdomen, cut the pill in half and take only a half dose for a few days. Then bump it up to the full pill. So many people I know have the same thing happen initially, and I would hate to see you not give lexapro a good try only because of early side effects that will resolve in a few weeks. Good luck!
Living in the Republic of Texas minus a gallbladder, a couple of cervical discs, appendix, uterus, and 18" of colon; but living with my wonderful husband, 2 dogs, 1 cockatiel, and 2 gold fish. 


ShynSassy
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   Posted 5/23/2007 5:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree,if everyone was so understanding our lives would be alot easier.
But that is not the case.


Stay strong


Shy
Mod- Depression

Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
Meds I have taken throughout the years:Wellbutrin,Tranxene,Paxil,Prozac,Valium,
Currently taking none.
www.healingwell.com/donate


www.myspace.com/ShynSassy315

"I am woman,hear me roar one day and cry the next!!!"

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