going to a new doc and need some words

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Geosojda
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   Posted 3/11/2011 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
to describe how i feel on my current Meds.  Ok so i am on Lexapro (20) and Wellbutrin (200).  I am going to a new pdoc because my old one i don't think ever really listened to me and how i was doing and just thew some meds at me.  This was about maybe 6 months ago (took me way to long to realize it).  When i went on the Lex i really didn't feel like it did much for my anxiety, i was on ativan at the time too and that was the only thing i felt was helping. The anxiety worked its way into depression so i told to doc i didn't feel good on Lex, but he said its a good med and increaded to 20mg and added Wellbutrin.  During this time i also started therapy (which i think is really the reason i started feeling better).  I'm pretty sure i noticed a difference when the wellbutrin was added for sure, but i don't think the Lex really did much for me.
 
So, now i need to be able to describe how i am doing on the current meds.  I feel semi-stable, though it doesn't take much to kick me out of my stable zone and into depression again.  It generally follows my life pattern, when i have an established pattern i feel better but if anything disrupts the pattern, its downhill fast and having a 2 week old, things are chaos right now.  I would say in general i usually feel blah, not happy or good, but not bad and depressed.  I am rarely happy or upbeat but i'm also not depressed all the time, also motivation to do much of anything is pretty much gone.  I'm not sure how i should feel on the meds, i know they are not a cure all but should i be feeling better than blah all the time?  I know the therapy is a HUGE part of me feeling better just not sure of the role the meds have played.
 
Any outside perspective would be greatly appreciated. thanks all hope you are all having a good day.

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   Posted 3/11/2011 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you should carry a copy of your post so that he will know exactly how you are feeling. That would be my best advice. It is so hard to say what is normal for us. Life isn't always roses, but we should feel good most of the time. But with everyday struggles that effect everybody, there are times where we aren't necessarily going to always be happy. It is so hard to say. But yea, carry a copy of this post. Write everything down that is troubling you. I always forget if I don't write a list. Just going to the doc is overwhelming for me.

Best wishes to you.

Keep trying.

Hugs, Karen
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Geosojda
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   Posted 3/11/2011 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks GB, its a good idea. I agree it is so hard to tell if something is working or notor weather this is what i should be feeling or not, i guess it must be somewhat because i'm not in the black hole like i was. I always choke when i go to the doc too, then when they ask, do have anything other questions? I freeze and say ....umm....nope.....lol, everytime.

Looking forward to meeting my new doc.
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 3/11/2011 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
You made a wise choice to see a new Doc especially when you feel like the old one did not listen and just threw meds at you. Nobody needs that.  sounds like therapy is doing some good and I hope the new Doc can help you feel even better.
 
Good luck!
 
Gem

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   Posted 3/11/2011 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I post on this often, Geosodja, but it's something that appears frequently in depression. Ask yourself what's in your diet that could be causing the "blah" feelings?

(No need to answer, but think about this:)

1. Do you drink tea or coffee daily? And how much?
If you do, stop them, please. They build up in the system and it
takes months to be removed from the brain and other organs
that store the caffeine. Psychiatrists often warn their
patients not to use caffeine in any form, either in coffee, tea,
chocolate, or any other product because it makes the illness worse.

2. Do you ever use alcohol?
Stop that also, please. Your psychiatrist may already have told
you that it makes the illness worse.

3. Eat more salads and green vegetables and less heavy meat in your
diet.

4. Be careful about white flour products. They're lacking in good
nourishment that you need. Eliminate sugar from your diet, please.

5. Avoid as much as you can high fat foods. Keep to a more
dysglycemic diet (slow-acting carbohydrates).

6. Drink pure water when you begin to feel listless or "blah"--and
plenty of it.

The acidic residue of metabolizing medications can wreak havoc with
feeling tone. I think that's why so many people just don't want to take
meds at all. The secret is to keep well-hydrated and watch your diet
like a hawk...I should talk; I need to get back on my proper food regimen immediately.

Take care and take it easy.

It's Genetic

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   Posted 3/11/2011 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink water with a lemon wedge in it. The doctor told me that was good that there is vitamin C in lemons. Also hot lemon water detoxifies the liver.

Sometimes straight water gets blah. But we have good well water and I love it.

Hugs, Karen
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 3/11/2011 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to smile at your reply It's Genetic!  I have been practicing the nutritional aspect for a long time.  When I got off of caffeine, did not really think I drank that much, but when I cut it out, insommnia stopped and anxiety and mood swings were minimal.  The only time I really ever got depressed was when I was 22 pounds over weight and sitting on my butt.  I know exercise 30 minutes nearly every day.
 
I am pharmacuetically challenged.  I knew I had to do something, a good diet can go along way to cure a lot of what ails you.  You have to work hard at it and want it so bad you can taste it.
 
Good day to you my good diet forum pal.
 
Gem

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   Posted 3/11/2011 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Karen,  I live out in the country and we have the best well water.  When I go to work I can not even drink city water.  Have you ever tried mineral waters?  I hve tried a few flavors and they can be a good change-up in routine.
 
Have a great week-end!
 
Gem
 
 

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   Posted 3/11/2011 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much Gem for the tip on the mineral water. I didn't even realize it was Friday until about 30 minutes ago. I like watching National Geographic channel on Friday nights. So exciting...lol... But that gives me something to look forward to. I hope that you have a nice weekend too!

Hugs, Karen
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 3/11/2011 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
So funny you should say that! I love Nat Geo channel. My husband had it added to our cable for my birthday! Boring and content, life doesn't get much better!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gem

Geosojda
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   Posted 3/11/2011 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Totally agree with you guys, NatGeo and History channel are my two favorite channels tongue

getting by
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   Posted 3/12/2011 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks you guys for posting. I like History channel too and Discovery.

Have a fantastic day.

Hugs, Karen
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