How long before you start to feel better?

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Ordinary Joe
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   Posted 4/11/2011 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello I'm new to this forum. I have run my own business for the last 17 years and have been very much in control. about 6 months ago I started to feel continually tired out and quite low. I struggled on for a few more months thinking it would pass, eventually I actually broke down
during one of my visits to see the doctor which shocked me, and made me feel ashamed if I'm honest, as I felt I was totally losing control.
I was prescribed citalopram but after a few weeks taking it I was still having moments of uncontrollable panic so now the dosage has been increased to 40 mg from 20 and my doctor also prescribed 3 x 40mg per day Propranolol and Diazapam but I have been told only to take that if I am really "on the edge". I find it difficult to understand how I can go from being a capable "in charge" sort of person to the place I'm at now where all I want to do is hide away and sleep, when I wake I immediately have a feeling of dread and panic which is irrational. I am on a waiting list for therapy, perhaps this will help me understand my situation better. I did feel at one pint that I was going to totally lose it I have been on the increased medication for just over a week now and I think I am a little calmer in that the panic is still there but not quite so full on.
I know that I cannot get through this without help and part of that help is medication but I wondered if any other forum members could tell me how long it takes before you start to feel OK again. I feel at the moment that perhaps I'll never be really happy again - I'd really appreciate any advice or feedback as I now know that unless you've experienced this yourself you can have no idea what it is like.

Ordinary Joe.

getting by
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   Posted 4/11/2011 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ordinary Joe,

And welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum. I am so glad that you have joined us.

I think everybody is different and we all heal at our own pace. Sometimes it can take a long time to get back to where you were, but you should be feeling a little better each day.

This is a gradual process and can't be rushed. Have confidence that you are on the mend. Try to take life one day at a time and stay in the moment. It makes things much easier. Keep posting, as we can share our experiences with you and how some of us have gotten better. I myself take walks and that helps. I am also on many meds, but seem to have found the right combination. I hope that you feel better soon. Do keep posting and let us know how you are doing.

Hugs, Karen
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Ordinary Joe
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   Posted 4/11/2011 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Karen

Thank you for your reply, I'm sure you're right it will be a gradual process the whole thing has shocked me and I suppose if I'm honest
I feel like it will never go away. It is a help to know that there are other people who understand what this is like - I will keep posting.

Thank you

Ordinary Joe

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   Posted 4/11/2011 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I am familiar with that feeling of it never giong away, but it does. One day you will realize that you are feeling better. Then you will see the change. Fighting depression is hard. It takes a lot of work on our parts. Some get help with medications others with therapy. I do both. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have my therapist. She is a psychologist and is very good at what she does. She even brings her dog to work. I think that is so cool.

Take care Joe, keep on posting. Just writing things down helps.

Hugs, Karen
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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 4/12/2011 6:10 AM (GMT -6)   
keep fightin' that good fight ordinary joe. here for ya, jamie. welcome from me as well!!! therapy is helping me. and i am seeing a psychiatrist as required. both good people. this community is very supportive and compassionate as well............maybe that is why i post sooo much!!!! one day at a time mate. keep strong. jamie.
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