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   Posted 10/7/2010 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read quite a few posts - this really is a good group of people who are understanding and not judgmental. 
As for me - I have had bouts of depression (and anxiety too) since I was a teenager.  The more stress in my life, the more the depression would occur and linger, the less stress - the farther it would be away, but it has never been totally away.
I've been out of full-time work four nearly 4 years now.  Certainly not a great environment for one who is depressed because the longer it goes, the more difficult it is for me to feel like I'm ever going to be back to work again and the less confidence I have in my abilities.  Been able to get enough part-time and temp work to be able to survive, but financially it has crippled my family.
Right now I am not on any meds, and I am asking for advice (or stories) from the group.  I had a horrible experience on Cymbalta.  Bad side-effects initially to get on to a workable dosage, then it seemed to work fairly well for about 6 mos.  But after that time, I began to take notice of things - like I had not cried during that entire time.  After 6 mos. other issues began to occur - insomnia, constant need to pee and leaking, a lot of mental miscues, snoring . . . it was a pretty big list. 
Of course I didn't suspect cymbalta - so I saw a neurologist and had a sleep study done.  Went to a urologist and was put on several prostate-drugs.  Had to go on sleeping meds to try to get to sleep. 
  I suddenly realized something was really messed up because through all my depressions I had never physically thought of doing myself in.  I looked up as much as I could about Cymbalta, and I went cold turkey the next day.  Took me about 2 mos. to fully get through the after-affects, and I have not been on an anti-depressive since.  The insomnia, bladder problems, snoring - all went away as well.
Because of my situation, I'm really at a low point right now - so went to the doc, and he went through the list of meds.  Told him what had happened on Cymbalta, and he told me most of the others have significant and similar side-effects.  I'm really afraid to try another anti-depressant, but depression is really killing me when it comes to looking for work and being an involved father and husband.  It is really quite the dilemma for me . . .              

Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 10/8/2010 5:51:49 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/7/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I empathize with you re your situation and what med to even consider.  I have been on many and to be honest my Pdoc feels I am resistant to many of them - they don't seem to work well for me.  I am currently using Effexor which has lots of side effects for me.  I have read about other people  having great success with this drug. 
Wondering if you have every had a therapist ?  I find that talking with my therapist helps me put my head back on straight and also you might look at CBT therapy.
I am sure you will be hearing from other members with some suggestions for you.  Stay strong and keep on putting one foot in front of the other.
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   Posted 10/7/2010 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Kitt.  Appreciate the encouragement. 
Yes.  I have a therapist who actually specializes in depression/anxiety as well as careers and work-related issues.  She has been a great help, but some days I feel like I need to be seeing her every day, which is not feasible. 
I have the issue of having reactions and enhanced side affects from many meds, so it really isn't surprising to me that Cymbalta did so much damage.  Just wasn't prepared for what happened because it crept up on me.

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   Posted 10/8/2010 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scythia,

Welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum. You got some fantastic advice from Kitt. I am happy for that. I had to edit your post as we are not to talk about suicide or self harm here on this forum.

I understand Cymbalta is a hard medication to get off of. I wish you luck with that. It does get better though, so never give up.

Keep posting here, this is a wonderful site. Everybody here is so kind and compassionate.

I hope that you feel better soon.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 10/8/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
You are very fortunate to have found a counsellor who actually specializes in depression/anxiety as well as careers and work-related issues. I usually ask if there is an area the counselor specializes, but get the answer that they have experience in all areas. All areas but the one I need, ha ha

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Post Edited (Trying to Understand) : 10/8/2010 11:40:33 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/8/2010 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Trying to Understand:
Knew I needed someone - went online, found a list for my area.  Ran through several, then came across her name.  Read her bio.  Depression and anxiety were listed as her speciality.  As soon as I found she was on our health plan, it was decided.  Did not know she did the career thing until after I started seeing her.  She's very bright and intuitive.  With me, she never knows what I'm going to bring up - so she has to be ready to deal with either my situational depression or the chemical depression depending on which is my focus of the day.  I'm nomally logical about things, but I seem pulled this way and that, so I can't come to her with some kind of order in place as to how I'd like to work on solving things.  Work had been the focus a couple visits ago, and I had wanted to follow up more with that, but with a serious change in moods, I realize it is more of the brain-chemistry imbalance that has been effecting me of late.
Thanks for your post.    

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   Posted 10/8/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the encouragement, Karen.  No prob with the edits - that's what moderators are for.  Kitt's advice is good advice.  In fact, brought some of that up today with my therapist. 
Cymbalta was hell for me to get off of.  I had to visit a "getting off Cymbalta" forum repeatedly to understand what was happening to me.  I don't want to experience brain zaps again, that's why I'm worried about going on any other anti-depressant I might have to withdraw from.
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