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sylknmyst
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   Posted 5/9/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on medication for anxiety/depression for 10+ years.  Recently I came off of my Celexa (tapered very slowly) and thought I could handle the anxiety and depression myself without the medication.  Now I am not so sure.  My Dr. wanted me to switch over to Effexor XR, which I have been on before, but it has been over 2 years.  I am not afraid to take the Effexor, but I hate having to take medication.  Lately I have been extremely tired, emotional and just plain mean for no reason at all.  I have 2 children and I get mad at such stupid things anymore.  I was never like that on the medication and when I get mad, I feel guilty.  Am I thinking too much about whether or not to take the medication or do you think it is the anxiety and depression? 
 
Should I just accept the fact that if I take the medication it won't make me a weaker person, but a better one again?  And should I just start the Effexor and stop debating whether to start it?
 
I am so confused right now...anyone have any input?  (My husband does NOT get how I feel or what I am talking about)
 
Thanks in advance...I look forward to any advice/input/thoughts.
Sylknmyst
 
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Dx: Anxiety, Depression
RX:  Celexa 10mg, Klonopin .5mg
(Hoping to be med free very soon!)


Nanners
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   Posted 5/10/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't answer your question about whether or not to take medication, but my personal opinion is why suffer? I once had a wonderful family doc explain to me that depression and anxiety are not mental health problems but more medical problems. You suffer with a chemical imbalance in your brain, and the medication helps to put these chemicals back in balance. If you had diabetes, wouldn't you treat that with medication? I have a chronic incurable bowel disease, I have to take meds everyday or else I will be very sick. You have to make the decision of whether you want to be sick or well. Good luck with whatever you decide. JMHO

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sylknmyst
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   Posted 5/10/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for your post Nanners.  You made a lot of sense about saying if you didn't take medicine for your bowel disease, you would be very sick.  I guess looking at it in that same way, makes a whole lot of sense...you opened my eyes, and I thank you for your opinion.

 

 


Sylknmyst
 
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
-Mother Teresa-
 
Dx:  Anxiety, Depression
RX:  Klonopin .5mg


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   Posted 5/10/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi there,

Nanners is wise and right on.  My psychiatrist once explained it to me when I was upset that I still had anxiety even thow I was on meds................

It you are in pain and we medicate you with pain medication  you feel better, it may not be 100% better but you do feel better.  The same with medication for the mental health disorders for which medication is used.  Without it you may crash and with the medication you are able to function.  Is it not better to have some quality of life? 

It is truly you decision but I never feel weak or guilty for taking my medications. :)

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sylknmyst
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   Posted 5/10/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I never felt like a weak person taking it before, I don't know why I do now?  I guess I was hoping that over time, I would be able to cope without the medication, but since I can't, I am not going to blame myself or anyone else and just accept the fact that this was the card I was dealt and deal with it by going back on the Effexor.  Thanks for you input, it means a lot to me!!!

Sylknmyst
 
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
-Mother Teresa-
 
Dx:  Anxiety, Depression
RX:  Klonopin .5mg


dixibella
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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
It is definitely a personal decision to take medication, but like Nanners and Kitt have said, if something helps, why not give it a go? I completely understand your frustration with going off the med and wanting to "be ok" and then having your doctor say "well no". I was on zoloft a few years back and it got me through a really rough patch, I could not have done without it as my anxiety was completely unbearable. I had been med free for years with only the occasional bouts of panic and was managing it very well but life took some turns and now I am back near where I was before. I resisted and fought and suffered needlessly (yup and made my panic worse!) then I finally sought help. I am now on a beta-blocker and in times of frustration I beat myself up for "needing medication" and I struggle with just accepting that right now, this is what I need. I need help. I have to remind myself of that constantly and work on acceptance. Its tough, and definitely when you beat yourself up it doesn't help you get to a better place, just brings you down. But I totally understand how hard it can be to just let it go!
I try to look at how my mom deals with her type 2 diabetes, for years she managed it really well with diet and exercise, didn't need medication, it was great. But it was REALLY hard work. It was a daily struggle and a huge lifestyle shift. She now has a grandchild that she is pretty much the primary caregiver for, as well as being the breadwinner at home - she just doesn't have time to manage it like she did. So she's on medication, its frustrating, but at this time she needs help and if she doesn't manage her diabetes... well the consequences are worse than taking a pill everyday. Just remember this is one way you KNOW you can effectively manage your condition. Not that there aren't others, but if you know it works, it is better than attempting to do it alone!

Aries8
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   Posted 5/11/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
In my opinion, take the meds. Your quality of life will be better which is the most important thing. I don't talk about my anxiety much around my hubby. He doesn't like hearing about it. You do have us to come to when needed! Feel better and go back on the meds....
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sylknmyst
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   Posted 5/17/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the input!  I am giving in and going to start my Effexor XR again tomorrow.  How weird is this though - even though I have taken it in the past, I am nervous to take it now!  I did wonderful on it and now I am afraid to take it...haha.  I guess my concerns stem from the fact that I have a 2 year old that needs my constant attention...he is into everything!  I am snapping and stressing way too much over the small stuff and it is time to start tomorrow morning.  One thing I am surely going to miss though is sleeping completely through the night without waking up 4-5 times!  Oh well, time to do what I need to do, I guess.
 
One more question though...has anyone been on a particular medication, went on something else for a while and back to the said particular medication and done just as well?  I mean, did you have any new side effects or anything when you went back to the said particular medication?  In my case, the Effexor?
 
Thanks again!!!  Love you all!
Sylknmyst
 
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
-Mother Teresa-
 
Dx:  Anxiety, Depression
RX:  Klonopin .5mg


Grizzly pooh
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   Posted 5/18/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, i can relate to your concerns Sylknmyst because I was on Lovan (Prozac) a couple of years ago for one year, then stopped. Recently I've had 2 anxiety/depression episodes and my gp wants me back on something. I took Cymbalta for 3 days but yesterday after taking it I was so badly anxious and aching that she told me to stop. i go see her today and will probably go back on Lovan instead. I know what you mean about feeling weak for needing meds. It's a really difficult decision. i somehow expect that I can cope by myself, but i think that's my perfectionism talking, not reality. For other people i agree that if something works, take it, but when it comes to me I set harder standards.
It's good to hear from others hear who have come to terms with taking meds. Thanks for sharing as it's role modelling for me that its ok.
It still worries me about going off them again down the track. But I guess I can worry about that later. i don't need to worry about that now. I have enough happening.
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