considering return to SSRIs

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Daisysmom
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   Posted 1/8/2011 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I don't think I am super depressed but lately I have been having a lot of dark thoughts. I went off my generic Lexapro about 1 and a half years ago because I was frustrated with how emotionally flat I felt taking it. But now I feel like I am just casting about, can't get deeply involved in anything and certain areas of my life are sorely lacking. Something recently happened at work, and like I said, my thoughts turned really dark and I just feel very pessimistic about my future. I am upset about my health too.

Well, anyway, do you think I should avoid the medications? I am already taking seriously powerful stuff (for my arthritis). Next month I have my semiannual appointment with the family doc, who is really big on prescribing stuff for anything and everything. She always seems to think that I should try a better SSRI. The last one was prescribed by a psychiatrist, and he put me on too high of a dose, I think, and she thought it was not a good one anyway. The way she looks at me, god, I feel like, do I SEEM depressed? I think it's just a personality thing. I tend to be quiet and introverted, and she is from a family of extroverts who are all love-love and let's have a party (I used to be friends with one of her relatives). I must seem morose to her.

I am not seeing a counselor. I'm kind of annoyed with how things ended with the last counselor and sometimes they just freak me out. Like I don't want anybody getting in my space, or I start thinking they are bored or incompetent or mean or unprofessional or whatever. I have talked and talked about my life and really, right now my life is so boring I think how could I go and talk about it? All I would do is sit there and make jokes about it, that's the problem with these counselors, they have to be able to see through my silly stuff. Sometimes I want to be hypnotized or put on some truth serum because I am just so much on guard, can they really tell what the problem is.
Reactive arthritis, diagnosed 2010. Hypertension. Taking Methotrexate, Norvasc, Mobic. Former user of SSRIs and various mental health providers for anxiety, depression.

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   Posted 1/8/2011 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
The only ones that know whether you should take meds or not are you and your doctor. I must say that they have helped me, but it took awhile to find what was right for me. Right now I am doing pretty good, but I too have my moments. I take pristiq, abilify and xanax. It is a pretty good combination. But I took effexor for many years and that worked good for me. So I would discuss it with the doctor. You might do good with just counseling. There are different types of counselors, so you may just not have found the right one for you yet. Keep searching. We do have to talk about things to get better. Even if we don't want to. But a good counselor will know the right questions to ask. But you need to be open and honest to them for them to actually help you. If you hold back, they can't see what is going on. So do try.

This is a difficult time of year for everybody, so cut yourself some slack. Don't be hard on yourself. We all suffer at this time of year. Longing for spring, and winter has just started. lol...

I hope that you have a very good day. Thanks for posting. And continue to post. Take care my dear.

Hugs, Karen
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Daisysmom
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   Posted 1/9/2011 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Karen,

Yes, I was thinking it over after I posted that, and I think I might try counseling, if only just to go 3 times and talk about some things that are going on right now.

Yesterday and so far today, I feel pretty good, not depressed. This weather is a pain. With the wind chill, it is like zero degrees farenheit. ugh
Reactive arthritis, diagnosed 2010. Hypertension. Taking Methotrexate, Norvasc, Mobic. Former user of SSRIs and various mental health providers for anxiety, depression.

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   Posted 1/9/2011 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Luckily it is sunny here today, but yesterday was bad. I think it was 2 below zero when I got up. The sun is out now and it feels really good. I just got done standing at the door for a few minutes, trying to soak it up.

I am glad that you are having a good day and I hope it continues for you. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

Hugs, Karen
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