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.syzygy.
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   Posted 6/5/2007 11:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I don't know if I should start this with "Hi, I'm X and I have MDD".



I don't know why I'm here - suppose I'm just reaching out for attention or sympathy.



about me: I'm a 35-year old male from George, South Africa. I have always been melancholic and was first diagnosed with "depression" at university in 1990. In the following ±17 years I've been to numerous psychologists and psychiatrists - usually after severe depressive episodes
I've had Major Depression, General Anxiety, Borderline Disorder, Specific Phobia and OCD.



I've been on a few medications over the years (either generic or Brands if I can remember!): Sulpiride, Fluoxetine (Prozac, Lorien, Nuzac), Imipramine, Amitriptyline, Lorazepam (Ativan), Diazepam (Pax, Valium), Alprazolam (Xanor/Alzam/Xanor), Zopiclone, Zolpidem, Molipaxin, Cipralex, Cymbalta and Seroquel.



I've had some "good" periods. Before my last episode (a few months ago), I've been o.k. for about 2 years, without taking any medication, save for hypnotics every now and then, but not regularly.



I've been on Cymbalta 60mg until yesterday, after Cipralex had zero effect on me. That also did not work - in fact, it worsened my depression. I started getting side-effects from the Cymbalta three days ago: clenching my jaw (bruxism), constant ringing in my ears (tinnitus), acute hearing of normal sounds (hyperacusis), nausea, feeling detached from my body, tongue feeling dead, bleeding gums (!) and total loss of sexual function. Except nausea, I haven't seen any of these in the leaflet! My psychiatrist told me yesterday on the phone to stop "cold turkey".



I can only see my psychiatrist on Friday. He suggested that we try Wellbutrin and Seroquel (for sleep). I'm feeling worse by the hour - hope I make it!



Did I mention that I quit my job on the 31st of May? I just don't care any more. I am (or used to be) a perfectionist, but haven't been cleaning the house the past few weeks. I just couldn't be bothered.



Apparently I'm highly gifted intellectually, intuitive, attractive and people often come to me for advice and company.



But I'm not alive if I'm alone.


I am sorry but I had to edit your post due to rule #1

1. No discussion of any illegal activity or threats of violence. (ie. illicit drug use, including medical marijuana use, threats of suicide or self-injury, or threatened or intended physical harm). Discussions of suicide or self-harm that are deemed negative and therefore potentially injurious to others are also not permitted.

Shy

Post Edited By Moderator (ShynSassy) : 6/6/2007 4:58:29 AM (GMT-6)


Dansky
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   Posted 6/6/2007 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Syzgy,

I would love to offer you some great advice, however, I have only just been diagnosed with depression, so I'd be as much use as putting ice cream in the microwave oven.

What I can tell you, is that before long one of the regular members here will provide you with more advice and support then you could possibly ever expect. HealingWell is a truly amazing site. It's members are caring compassionate and very thoughtful human beings, so I urge you to come back often for support, advice or just to let it all out, no one will judge you!

Take care and hang in there.

Dave
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ShynSassy
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   Posted 6/6/2007 4:01 AM (GMT -7)   
syzygy.

First of all I wanted to welcome you to the forum. I am very glad that you found us and I am sure you will find the support you are looking for.

I am a little worried about your doctor telling you to stop the drugs cold turkey...did he order in the other meds that day?
Are you in regular counseling? Or is it just when you feel that you need it? In order to heal from depression you really have to find what triggered it in the first place and work on that.

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.syzygy.
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/6/2007 4:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Dave & Shy
 
confused   eyes  & confused @ the "edit"...  
 
Anyway, to answer your question: My psychiatrist can only fit me in on Friday (8th), and said he wanted to see me before prescribing the new meds and therefore didn't fax me a Rx yesterday.  I am somewhat concerned about reading other people's experiences on the web regarding abrupt cessation of Cymbalta...
 
Counselling...  I'm very cynical about psychologists or their therapies.  Been for regression therapay, hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, etc. ad nauseam.  They always want to talk about things that aren't problems!  I sorted out my self-image problem MYSELF a few years ago, with subtle aid from my psychiatrist (same one I'm seeing now).  I'll never go to a psychologist or counsellor again.  Besides, if my diagnosis is due to an imbalance of neurochemicals, how can talking about life help?
 
*pls don't delete - I won't harm any psychologists* tongue  
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 6/6/2007 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Syzygy

I am Kitt and I have had depression for 26 years. I have usually done well on meds until 1 1/2 years ago when I crashed.  I am taking the Cymbalta at 120 mg per day.......................I did not experience your symptoms.

I agree having you go cold turkey without seeing you and looking at an optional med does not sound safe to me.

How about therapy, do you have a therapist. It sounds like you need a lot of support right now and you are really beating yourself of for having a disease that no one would choose to have.

Please take care and keep posting.

 


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ShynSassy
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   Posted 6/7/2007 4:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Syzygy

I am sorry about the edit but,please take a minute to read the forum rules..
We really have to be careful on some topics here,as it could really upset some members.

I understand your frustration with your doctor,I am wondering if it is time to find a different one? You need to be comfortable and I still am worried about them making you stop cold turkey until Friday



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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