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 . . .
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