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   Posted 8/30/2008 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
  Hi, I usually don't post things anywhere, but I have recently been having trouble making a decision to try out medication for anxiety/depression. I don't really know if I need them, but I'm pretty sure I suffer from anxiety(and infrequent attacks) and depression. Anyway, I have been worse since I had my baby last September, I went through a very rough period of PPD and was prescribed meds but decided not to take them. Anyway, I was put on the Depo Provera shot for BC reasons, and it seems as though since I have been on that, I have very few instances of depression related episodes, they still happen, just not as much as in the past, but on the other hand, I am anxious a lot, irritable, and something that I can only describe as paranoid. I have always been worried about things like death since I was very young, and I have tried therapy in the past, but it hasn't worked. I went so far as to switch to a copper IUD to get all these stupid hormones out of my system, but they have yet to wear off, so I am not certain whether this will help or not. Anyway, I'm 22 years old and a stay at home mom, and the only reason I am considering meds is because therapy doesn't seem to work for me, they only tell me crap I already know but can't seem to do anything about, and I am also considering it so that I can set a better example to be a better mother to my little girl. Not that I am a bad mom, I just want her to see a HAPPY mom, and not a paranoid, overprotective one. But on the other hand, I take care of a little one year old girl on a daily basis, and don't know if I want to go through the trial and error period of being on these drugs and  I don't want to have to deal with stupid side effects while she is in my care because I want to be as sharp as possible for her. I don't know, has anyone else had these problems? Can hormones cause increased anxiety and irritability? I don't really know what I want as a result of this post, just some comments, on anything in it I suppose. Thank you!!:)

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   Posted 8/31/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Chorizo to HealingWell.  You have come to a wonderful forum.  Everybody here is so understanding and compassionate.  I am sure that you will be glad that you have become a member.
I know that our hormones can contribute to our moods.  But I am not sure about whether your method of birth control would have anything to do with it. 
I think that you have a good plan to go on medications.  I think that they would help you.  Maybe you need a different therapist than the one that you have since you aren't getting anywhere with this therapy. 
Coming here helps a lot.  So many others can relate to what you are going through.  Being this is a holiday weekend, there might not be as many members on so be patient, you will have more replies during the week, I am sure. 
In the meantime feel free to post anywhere, there are a lot of different topics on the board, and reading them can be helpful.  There are also some fun and inspiring topics that you can post on.  I hope that you are having a wonderful day.  Congratulations on the new baby.  I am sure that is such a joy to you.
Hugs, ...Karen
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   Posted 8/31/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to you, Chorizo,  on your first visit to Healing Well! To help you get the most out of the A & P Forum please take the time to browse our threads .

I am sorry you are having problems but I think it may be a good idea to make an appointment to see your physician to see you physician and consider meds.  I know you did not want to take meds before but sometimes you can take the meds for awhile and then wean off and you will do better.  I am not a professional but each person is different and meds work for many.

I am so gload you found HW and do look at the other topics as we have a great forum on Depression too. wink

Gentle Hugs to you


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   Posted 9/1/2008 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Chorizo!

Yes, do talk with your doctor about the possibility of meds and be sure to ask all your questions about side effects. Sometimes, folks don't have many at all, sometimes a bit more - it seems to depend on the individual at least as much as on the med.

Congratulations on the baby!

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