I cant take meds! whht other options?

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   Posted 1/10/2011 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
i have a long history of depression , anxiety , rage and self soothing methods that are not the best thing for u  i have tried many many medications ranging from Prozac to nortriptyline and nothing has helped. in fact with some its gotten severally worse with thoughts of  and massive weight gain. the latter caused a worse depression, going from 130 lbs to 200 in about 2 months just about destroyed me. i decided to stop with the medications and try and manage this on my own. that was well over 5 years ago and all ive managed to be able to lose is 20 lbs. this weight is keeping me tired and sad and i cant take it anymore, the thought of getting on another medication for depression gets me sick to my stomach. i cant gain anymore weight!!!!!!! and this weight i have now wont come off!!! i dont eat a lot, i never over eat when i do, i exercise. i am a stay at home mom. i have 3 young boys that keep me active. being over weight and emotionally unstable is not the way they should see their mother. what can i do to lose weight and shake this overwhelming sadness with out medican? i am outgoing and i dont have a problem venting but therapy doesnt help either, i find myself getting tired of talking about myself and my problems so i vear off subject and talk about pointless matters.... this is getting old!!! im at the end of my rope...... i want someone to just take my hand and guild me through the rest of my life making all the best decisions for me, im tired of thinking, worrying, stressing, talking etc.... my kids deserve more then this, i really wana snap out of it already!!!! i dont  myself anymore years of creating hidious scars for the world to see has finally helped my overcome that habit..... there has to be an easier way

Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 1/10/2011 3:32:06 PM GMT

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   Posted 1/10/2011 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried Wellbutrin? Usually that helps with weight loss. If you're eating fewer calories than you're burning and still gaining weight, then it's worth a visit to your PCP or an endocrinologist to rule out hormonal issues.

Beyond that, I would say try counseling. If you need something more intensive, talk to your psychiatrist or PCP about hospitalization or an Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP) program, which would meet at least a few hours a day multiple days per week up to 8 hours a day M-F, depending on the program. I'm not usually too eager to suggest those, but when you're saying you need a break from all the decisions & responsibilities from life, a short-term hospitalization followed by IOP would allow you that kind of a break and would expose you to intensive therapy that will hopefully give you some tools to keep from being so overwhelmed going forward.

Hope that helps!

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   Posted 1/11/2011 4:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi August,

Welcome to the forum. I am sorry but I had to edit your post a little. We aren't allowed to discuss self harm or suicide. I too was going to recommend for you to talk to your doctor about welbutrin. It does help you lose weight. For most anyway. Also there is topomax. I believe it is an anti seizure drug, but I think it is used for mental health issues too.

I hope that you feel better soon. Keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 1/14/2011 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi August,

I've been down that road too with antidepressants and weight gain. I totally understand the frustration. It upset me a lot. And to make matters worse, every time I complained to my doctor about it, she just kept insisting over and over again that the meds were NOT causing the weight gain. But I knew they were. I wasn't doing anything different and I gained a whole lotta weight for absolutely no reason. No matter how hard I tried, no matter what diet I was on, or even if I starved myself, I couldn't lose the weight.

I finally got up the courage to see a different doctor and when I told her I didn't like some of the side effects of the medication I was taking, she said, "Oh, like the weight gain?" I couldn't believe my ears! She validated for me what I knew was true. However, when I asked her if I went off the meds, would I then lose the weight, she shook her head and said, "Sorry, no. Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that. You've gotta lose the weight the old fashioned way."

So even though going on them can make you gain weight, going off them doesn't cause you to then lose the weight. Which really sucks!

Eventually I went off the meds and some time after that I lost the weight so I can tell you that there IS hope. :)

It can be a real battle though, and occasionally there can be an underlying reason why the weight won't come off. Have you had your thyroid checked? It's a simple blood test. I would encourage you to ask you doctor about it, if for no other reason than at least you could rule it out.

Also, I was wondering if you've been evaluated for bipolar because you mentioned that you've had problems with both depression and rage and that antidepressants haven't helped. My best friend is bipolar so I'm pretty familiar with it. Taking antidepressants alone to treat bipolar isn't likely to help. A mood stablizer is usually needed, too. Sometimes it can be tricky to get the medications right but it's definitely worth the effort. And as far as weight gain is concerned, she has had problems with some of her meds and weight gain but last summer she changed meds and since then the weight has been coming off.

And I agree with the suggestion about IOP. I did that myself one time when I really hit rock-bottom and my best friend has done it a couple of times. We both benefited from it a lot.

I went off my antidepressants 2 years ago because of the side effects. Not just the weight gain -- I was having other side effects too. I was relieved when they finally went away but I'm still really struggling with depression. I've experienced some significant losses in my life since then too and that has made it so much harder.

Many times I've thought about going back on the meds but I really don't want to so I've been searching for ways other than prescription drugs to help me. Recently I learned about Serotonin deficiency (which causes depression) and how natural supplements like 5-HTP boost Serotonin. There's also a natural supplement (an amino acid, actually) called L-Tyrosine which boosts the brain's catecholamines (dopamine, norepinephrine, and adrenaline). I'm taking that now and I can tell it's helping. I'm not where I want to be yet and I still have bad days, but not as many -- I can tell it helps.

There are a lot of books on Amazon about treating depression "naturally."

The book I'm reading now is "The Way Up From Down" by Priscilla Slagle, MD. She's a licensed psychiatrist who actually suffered from depression herself. Her book is available for purchase or you can actually download it from her website which is what I've done. http://www.thewayup.com/upfrmdwn.htm

Before you try any supplements though, I would recommend getting evaluated for bipolar if you haven't been already cuz that could make a difference.

Another thing I've learned is that vitamins are really important for proper brain function. At the minimum, we should be taking a good multivitamin, B-Complex and Fish Oil. I can't remember the rest of the recommended vitamins offhand but Dr. Slagle discusses them in her book.

I hope this helps. I understand the sadness and frustration and feelings of hopelessness. I really do. I belong to an hmo but I've never been able to find a good doctor there who can help me so I've had to figure things out myself. It can be really hard sometimes.

You know, my son was born in August of '83. That was a very, very special time for me. :) Being a mom and wanting to do what's best for our kids can be very motivating and help to keep us strong during the hard times. Hang in there, and remember to be gentle with yourself. Sending you a big hug....


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   Posted 1/14/2011 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Been there, done that, Ladies,

The best (and only) way that I have been able to lose weight is to see
a bariatrician and go on a medically supervised diet with vitamins and minerals supplied by the bariatrician. (It helps to have a treadmill in
the home, too, although I spend time looking at it and saying goodbye
as I pass by often. That's why I can't lose the weight.)

A must in losing weight is to shift from anything containing caffeine or
alcohol which must be removed from your diet: caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system and may spark appetite. Alcohol just makes depression worse and may cause overeating to relieve the depression.

Next, drink water and lots of it: 8 to 10 (8 oz) glasses per day.

You already know about the need to cut out the sugars, add more green vegetables and salads to your diet and eat meat about three
times a week (with smaller portions than usual) and add more fish and fresh fruits to your diet.

These are not right off a doctor's desk, so you need to recognize that
what was prescribed for me might not be what's best for you. You
have to go with what your dietician recommends for you. It's a very
self-directed science that is provided for you.

I have been able to cut medications into less than 1/2 a standard dose
by watching what I eat (ate, I should say, because I need to get back
on the diet thing again now; I call it getting back on the wagon.)

Good wishes,

It's Genetic
P.S. Getting By, I apologize for misspelling your name; I have no excuse unless it could be that the niotartst posts threw my equilibrium momentarily.  IG

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 1/14/2011 4:07:06 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/14/2011 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
No problem IG. I honestly didn't even notice it. lol...

I just popped in to actually welcome you to the forum. I see we have a good topic going right now. I do a lot of walking when I can to keep my weight down as much as possible. And yes, drinking a lot of water is very good for this. A lot of us don't think of it but as we age, it is harder to keep excess weight off. So take your age into consideration with this. When we reach our late 20's to early 30's it starts to get harder naturally, meds or not. So it is good to make healthy eating a lifestyle. Not just a diet. Because it needs to be continued. And it does have a lot to do with the way we feel.

I hope that all of you had a good day today. I started rattling and don't have the time right now. Rush, rush, rush...

Hugs, Karen
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