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Notinkansas
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   Posted 5/15/2016 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this forum but not the site. I was here about 8 years ago while I was looking for answers after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
Last August I lost my job due to a corporate merger. After 15 years with the same company I found myself unemployed. I had been on Zoloft for about 5 years to help me cope with the depression associated with the Fibro but I found myself spiralling downward in January. I realized that was becoming agoraphobic. I did nothing but sleep or mindlessly watch tv. I retreated from family and friends. When I did venture out my anxiety led to panic attacks. The Xanax did nothing but make me more tired.
My PCP referred me to a wonderful therapist. Once we began talking she encouraged me to ask my PCP about switching my antidepressant. about 3 weeks ago I went on Prozac. Almost immediately I had more energy and, even though I still have the anxiety(those meds were changed too), I was more inclined to leave the house. I felt like a new person....better than I could remember ever having felt. My therapist was cautiously optimistic, as was I. In the last two days I have been feeling "down" again. A little weepy for no good reason. Now I am wondering if what I experienced was a manic episode. From what I have read I had all the classic signs.
I am feeling as confused as ever. Honestly, I liked how I felt. I had tons of energy, creativity and a desire to get the hell off the couch and DO something.
I see my therapist on Thursday. I was hoping that someone could offer insight about how their symptoms are managed. How fine is the line between depression and mania?

Post Edited (Notinkansas) : 5/15/2016 11:49:07 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 5/16/2016 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Notinkansas,

Welcome to the forum :-)! I am happy to came back and joined us.

I am sorry for how you are feeling. Therapy works together with the meds to help us feel better. I practice mindfulness and distraction strategies to help me cope when I feel down. Sometimes, I want to stay by myself when I feel down or out of control, but I push myself to cope positively.
Jorunaling and deep breathing helps me. You can try these and see if it helps you. Please know that we are her for you.

Be sure to let your therapist know how you feel when you visit her on Thursday.

UA
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Notinkansas
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   Posted 5/19/2016 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
The therapist suggested a give the Prozac a couple more weeks in my system. She's hoping the moods will even out. Her belief is that my initial reaction to the med change to the Prozac was not typical. Maybe by next week we can get a better picture of whether my dosage should be increased or not. I was just so optimistic about everything and now I'm only disappointed.

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   Posted 5/20/2016 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Notinkansas,

Thanks for the update.

Don't be disappointed. Let see what will happen over the next couple of weeks. Let's hope that the meds will start working. Monitor how you're feeling so you can call your therapist if needed. Sometimes it takes a while before it starts to work. Our bodies needs to get adjusted to it as everyone is different.

Remember to use your coping skills as well.

UA
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Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder.
Chronic Pain - Cervical Kyphosis, Cervical Spondylosis, Thoracic Scoliosis.
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