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kisses_from_cat
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   Posted 6/3/2007 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
OK.. this always confused me.  Say your depression is caused by certain past events or current stressors in ur life.  How do antidepressant make u less depressed when ur still dealing with past events or are still exposed to current stressors? I dont understand how u can all of a sudden not be sad..hmm.

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   Posted 6/4/2007 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey kisses, Very interesting question you have brought up here.  eyes

My depression is caused mostly by my past childhood abuse (which always stays with you).  I also have daily stressors as everyone else does that are difficult to handle.  Or take for instance when I was going through my divorce which was a year of hell and my antidepressant needed to be adjusted at that time.
 
Anyway...antidepressants are meant to lessen the depression symptoms that we feel (keep in mind that everyone is differant) so that we can function in a normal fashion.  I dont think it is like you take this pill and all of a sudden your not sad anymore because whatever has caused your depression is still there but the medication is meant to help lift those symptoms so you can deal with the depression.
 
So, if you have depression from certian past events that happened in your life such as I do that wont ever go away...that is usually Major Depression.  You can deal with it in counseling learning how to manage it but usually those people will always need medication for it.
 
If you have depression because of current stressors in your life then that is Situational Depression and normally it is treated for a short period of time with antidepressants (6-10 months), counseling and then hopefully, the stressors have resolved.
 
Either way antidepressants are not meant to cover up or mask the depression.  It is always up to the person to work on getting better, dealing with their life situations and not expecting the medication to do all the work.
 
I hope this makes sense?

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alabama artist
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   Posted 6/4/2007 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. quick question. have you heard of Amnien Pien? I just found out about it and wonder if anyone with depression has taken it? I have been off Prozac for a year but because of recent problems find myself with terrible depression again. I want to try this but want your opinion. I just found this site and it seems pretty informative. Thanks :-)

alabama artist
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   Posted 6/4/2007 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Encephilitus. I cant find ANY info about Encephilitus. I had this when I was about 4. I am 50 now. Wondering about different symtoms and if the depression I have suffered is a symtom. Please steer me in the right direction. Couldnt find any info throughout your site. Maybe I am not looking in the right place.. Thanks.

kisses_from_cat
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   Posted 6/4/2007 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks els.. that makes sense
its too bad meds cant do everything lol. I was just wondering cause i'm on antidepressants now..on a fairly high dose..and i've felt no relief.. i was wondering if it was because my depression was based on things i cant change or i have the wrong antidpressant. Its so frustrating because a person can try so many antidepressants before finding the one that works for them.. and during that time the person has untreated depression. its rough. i hate it when people think depression is so easy. because its so hard.. and u don't know how hard until u suffer from it yourself. Ughh..
Thanks again

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   Posted 6/5/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh I totally agree Kisses...It is too bad that meds cant do it all.  Depression really sucks and those of us who have it and deal with it are truely some of the strongest people around. 

Now if your on an antidepressant and a high dosage at that you really should be feeling some relief from your depression.  I have had depression forever it seems and take Effexor Xr 225 mg.  I dont feel any major depressive symptoms but there are some days where I feel slightly depressed...like I just dont want to deal with anything and want to lay around all day crying (like today).  It doesnt mean that my meds arent working just that I need to motivate myself and try to work on some of that crap I carry around in my head...ya know? 

But for you if your not feeling your medication working at all or not feeling much from it then it may not be the one for you and your right about finding the one that works for you and being untreated...its difficult.  Switching is hard...heck, its torcher really but maybe you might hit on the one that will work.

Okay I am rambling...so I am done now.  Post again and let us know how you do


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els
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   Posted 6/5/2007 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
alabama artist said...
Hi. quick question. have you heard of Amnien Pien? I just found out about it and wonder if anyone with depression has taken it? I have been off Prozac for a year but because of recent problems find myself with terrible depression again. I want to try this but want your opinion. I just found this site and it seems pretty informative. Thanks :-)
 
Encephilitus. I cant find ANY info about Encephilitus. I had this when I was about 4. I am 50 now. Wondering about different symtoms and if the depression I have suffered is a symtom. Please steer me in the right direction. Couldnt find any info throughout your site. Maybe I am not looking in the right place.. Thanks.
Hi alabama artist, I am sorry we dont have the information your looking for here.  You may try doing a google search for it.  We are mostly a support forum here and though we do often discuss medications we dont have a data base on these nor on supplements/herbs.

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surviveandthrive
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   Posted 6/5/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Alabama,
Are you by chance meaning Ambien P.M. ?? If so, it is a sleeping aid, prescribed.
Like my screen name.....I have survived so much and aim to thrive from all the experiences I have had. It must be possible and I will never stop trying!


millsriver
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   Posted 6/7/2007 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
alabama artist said...
Encephilitus. I cant find ANY info about Encephilitus. I had this when I was about 4. I am 50 now. Wondering about different symtoms and if the depression I have suffered is a symtom. Please steer me in the right direction. Couldnt find any info throughout your site. Maybe I am not looking in the right place.. Thanks.



Alabama
Encephalitis is when there is inflammation of the brain usually caused by a virus or a foreign protein. "Google' encephalitis and you'll find lots of info. Can look at the Mayo clinic & Cleveland Hospitals patient information web sites. If possible, get your childhood medical records to see how extensive your illness was and what complications , if any, you had. Your doctor or health care provider might then be able to advise you further as if there was any long term consequences to your illness and whether it relates to your depression. Even if there might be a connection, you now have to treat the depression which is its own illness. Good luck with your search
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