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   Posted 11/29/2008 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
I post mainly in the anxiety forum as i suffer with GAD.  I also suffer with depression which seems to come and go,  these last few days i have found my mood seems to be getting worse and im feeling really depressed.  I started on a new meddication 5 weeks ago (Effexor XL) and last week i increased the dose to 150mg and i have been suffering with side effects which i think is not helping my mood.  I dont seem to enjoy the things which i used to love doing and due to insomnia im feeling worn out all the time. I do have something which i should be looking forward to ( extended ski trip) but for some reason i am worrying about going away and not looking forward to going.  I am also finding things hard at work and dont have a good working relationship with my managers due to my sick leave and i dont feel they fully understand my situation.  When im at work i just clock watch and want to come home i have no motivation to work there any more and this is making me depressed.
I do my best to stay positive and try and keep my mood up the best i can.  I do have some therapy coming up when i get back from my trip which is a positve and i am looking forward to that.  I find depression hard as when it hits it really does seem to affect me and i find it hard to uplift my mood as every thing seems to be against me.

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   Posted 11/29/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Unhappy,

I am sorry that you are feeling so down. This is a difficult time of year. You will see a lot of people getting depressed during the next few months. But we are here to help you through it.

Give the effexor a chance. I take 375mg each day. It is the only med that has really helped me. I am also taking abilify and that has truly made a difference. So talk to your doctor about it. It is like a miracle drug.

I hope that you can enjoy your vacation. Pretend that it is a whole new part of your life and try to put the rest behind you. I think that you can do it.

Give the effexor four to six weeks to completely get into your system. I really hope that it works for you.

Luv and hugs, Karen
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   Posted 11/29/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there girlfriend, good to see you here.  You will meet many wonderful members that will know what you are going through and where your coming from.

I am with you here but for now I am going to let you get to know the members. OK? turn




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   Posted 11/29/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Karen&Kitt

Its been a tough day feeling really depressed, i have suffered with depression for a long time but this is the worst its been for a while. I find when i get like this i just want to close myself off from everyone as i dont want to burden them with my problems. I hope that i can get some sleep tonight and i am not looking forward to tomorrow.

Thanks again for your posts.

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   Posted 11/30/2008 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   


Im still feeling really depressed today feel like i just want to hide my mood just seems to be getting lower.   I had an other very sleeples night last night and just feel drained, I dont know what to do to try and improve my mood does any one have any ideas?  

Also for those off you taking Effexor has any one experensed really bad stomoch pain as a side effect as mine is really hurting?

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   Posted 11/30/2008 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Heej Unhappy,

Hiding and neglecting things indeed won't help all the time. Maybe you could take a couple of minutes to explore your depression, try to think of the reason why you are feeling low. Maybe that reasons are something you can accept, or turn into something positive. To give you an example, one of the many reasons I was depressed was because I never had a girlfriend. By exploring my depression, I found out this played a role, and made me think about it. I found out the real reason why I wanted a gf was because I thought that was the only one who I could share my secrets with. Well, that isn't true. I also found something positive. If I had a gf a couple of years ago, I would probably a very bad friend because it just happened as soon as I started to think about it. Now I had a lot more time to think about it, so I believe I will be a much better friend. Also I will cherish the friendship more, because I know what it is like without.
Anyway, the point that I'd tried to make was that most causes of depression have an alternative "Cure" to it. For the gf thing, it was simply to trust a few close friends and share my problems with them. So maybe exploring the depression can help you as well.

One thing you can do though to improve your sleep and mood is exercise. Being physically tired will help a lot in getting sleep. And exercise also has a nice effect on your mood, as the neuro-toxins released will trigger "happiness" (yes, they do!)

I am sorry about the Effexor as I don't know much about the meds, but I am sure others on this forum will know.

Take care Unhappy!
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The World is but a reflection. Smile, and it will smile back.

Try to keep smiling! :)

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   Posted 11/30/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I never had stomache pains with effexor. But I am having them now. This is due to eating more sweets because of the holidays. So maybe that is your problem. I hope that the effexor works for you.

Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen
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