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BlueMoon878
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   Posted 5/27/2011 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I always thought that Lithium would be a last resort drug, but I started taking it yesterday. Today was the worst day of my life. I want to sleep just so I don't have to be awake anymore. I saw my psych yesterday, today, and I'm going tomorrow so he can make sure I don't kill myself. I hate everything and everyone - especially myself. I'm supposed to move this weekend, but can muster the strength to pack things in boxes or face the new responsibility. I'll be living by myself, so no one will be there to check in on me. I'm feeling so isolated and scared already. I lost my job, and don't have the energy to find another. Obviously I can't keep it together enough to have a job, but I need money. Everything is crashing down around me, so I just keep taking pills to numb the pain. I know this isn't a good plan, but I can't face being awake. I just want to sleep and hide and make the world disappear.

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   Posted 5/28/2011 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Bluemoon,

I know that feeling. When I am depressed, I want to sleep all the time, infact, I do.

Try to get out for a wlk to clear your head. Even just a short one, it will wake you up some. But it will be good for you.

I have never taken lithium, so I can't help you there. My sister was on it for a while yeares ago.

Sorry about my typing, but I just got up. Maybe I should wait to try to answer any posts. I will write more soon.

Do take care, keep0 seeing your doctor.

Hugs, Karen
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 5/28/2011 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Blue,

I think it is safe to say that almost everyone here has been through the "pull the covers over my head and hide until I feel better" experience. Can not speak for everyone, but in my case, it did not work. I was on Lithium for a while, it made me very fatigued and unmotivated to do anything but eat junk food and sleep. Not good. Perhaps you need a med change, please talk to your Dr. about this.
I had to completely change my life to feel better, it is hard work and does not always feel comfortable but you have to do what you have to do to be well. When you feel so low, you have nowhere to go but up (corny, I know). Have you had a physical lately, it could be something else causing your depression. I hope today finds you feeling better and keep working on you, everything else will fall into place.

Gem

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   Posted 5/28/2011 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I slept for close to two years due to depression and fibromyalgia. I was able to do it though as I didn't have any responsibilities. But I knew that I had to get moving around as I was gaining weight because I was always physically active before that. Plus life was going on without me. It was hard. I was so fatigued and exhausted all of the time. I could barely walk.

I guess what I am saying is sometimes we should allow ourselves to sleep and get the rest that we need, but there comes a time when you need to start living again. It is slow, but a sure process. Are you seeing a counselor? I always ask that because it is so important. Many members don't always get a good fit the first time and it turns them off to counseling. But when you find a good counselor, it really helps. You may even want to go to the doctor and get a complete physical and makesure that there is nothing else going on that would causse you to feel so fatgued. But by the sound it, it could be the medication. Often the side effects go away in a couple of weeks, but if yours doesn't, I would talk to the doc about a med change like Gem suggested.

I truly hope that you start to feel better soon. Fingers still aren't working well, so I am making a lott of mistakes. Sorry. arthritis.

Take care, and keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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daisychain
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   Posted 5/28/2011 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Blue,

I just joined this site today and saw your post. I tried Lithium in 2004 and for three entire days, I felt like a normal human being. I had to stop taking it because I had an allergic reaction. So for the past 7 years I have been trying to find a new medication that can help refractory depression. I am 46. I am now on 40 mgs of Prozac/day plus deplin - an L-Methylfolate medical food. It is the newest thing I have found and seems to be working in a positive manner.

Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 5/28/2011 12:46:04 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 5/28/2011 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Daisychain,

Welcome to that HealingWell depression forum. I am glad that you have joined us. I hope that your antidepressants work good for you. I am sorry that you were allergic to the lithium. Especially since it was working for you.

I had to edit a little out of your post as we aren't allowed to talk about suicide on this forum. I hope that you can understand that I have to follow the rules. It becomes a negative topic and is harming for some.

Know that we are all here for you. This is a wonderful forum with wonderful caring members. Keep posting, and know that we all care.

Hugs, Karen
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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 5/29/2011 12:58 AM (GMT -6)   
i am on lithium. it does work. need to have your bloods done to check on your levels frequently. esp works well with mood stabilisers, ie tegretol and abilify. abilify is fairly fast acting and works very well. all the best, keep strong, jamie
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daisychain
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   Posted 5/29/2011 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Karen. I am glad to have found this site. My apologies for not reading the rules before I posted.

Blue,

Please keep your chin up. When I feel down, I remember to tell myself that my depression isn't who I am. It is depression (an illness like high blood pressure or anything else) and has to be treated through medication and counseling. Somehow, that makes me feel better. I literally tell myself out loud to stop right where I am and to stop spiraling down and I immediately move to a different activity that doesn't allow me to dwell on my thoughts. It can be as simple as going to the grocery store or watching tv or taking a short walk. Sometimes I just want to take a nap and that is ok. The important part for me is to break apart the overwhelming feelings and to deal with it one moment at a time. I hope you are doing better today.

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   Posted 5/29/2011 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Daisychain,

Thank you. And thank you for saying what works for you. I do a lot of walking and I know it helps. Not only with my thinking, but with my weight as well. I highly recommend it. And you are right, distractions help.

Take care, and keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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