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ATHENSGIRL2
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   Posted 6/1/2011 2:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I usually post in the Crohns forum, since I have been suffering from this disease the last 12 years.  I have been recently diagnosed with depression.  I have been seeing a physicologist once a week for the last 7 months, which really helps, but it seems that talking is not enough.  So she proposed meeting also with a

Psychiatrist, whom I have started seeing for two months now, combined with my weekly consultations with my physicologist.  They are both very supportive, and last week they told me that it is obvious I'm suffering from depression and not just a bad mood.  My depression comes from the fact that I cannot adjust to the idea of having a chronical illness, and my constant fear of what will happen to me, when is my next visit to the hospital, etc...

Symptoms I'm facing: can't sleep more than 4 hours a day, everybody makes me angry, I can't find joy from anything I do, and I feel extremely sad all the time....  everything bothers me.  I wake up sad, and go to sleep sad.  My family doesn't deserve to see me like that, and I know I want so much to feel happy again, but no matter how hard I try, I can't.

Anyway, he prescribed an anti-depressant called Valdoxan, which I have to start taking it on Saturday, and I'm a little bit scared, because I've never taken anti-depressants in my life.  Dr. said it will have to be a 6 month treatment, and I will see results approx. after 15-20 days.  He ensured me that there are no side effects, and he believes that depression really needs medical attention, otherwise it only gets worse....  I'm so scared.  I'm 37 years old, feeling like 70.

Any thoughts, opinions or whatever you would like to advise me, is welcome!

Thanks for your patience, and forgive my english (I'm from Greece),

 

Have a nice day,

Christina


theHTreturns...
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   Posted 6/1/2011 3:56 AM (GMT -6)   
christina, hi jamie here. definately give the medication a go. and keep with seeing the therapist and psychiatrist. you will start to feel better - sounds like a fast acting med. keep strong, and know that we are all here for you. thx for sharing your situation with us. with much healing compassion to you. jamie. hang in there. and keep us posted.
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CRANKY 1
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   Posted 6/1/2011 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Christina,
 
Welcome to the Depression Forum!  You will find that the people that post here are very supportive of each other.  You will find that there are many levels and types of depression represented here, but you are bound to find kindred spirits that understand how you are feeling.
 
As far as taking medication for depression goes, you shouldn't look at it differently than taking medication for any other medical condition.  Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, and there are many different medications that can be used to treat the condition.  While no amount of "talk therapy" can alter a chemical imbalance, it is useful to understand what type of depression you have, and what type of medications may work best for you.
 
Personally, I have been diagnosed as being chronically moderately depressed, with a side of panic/anxiety disorder.  I am on permanent disability, due to chronic migraine headaches, and chronic back and knee pain.  I'm in some kind of pain all the time, some days are better than others, but it's realistically, the pain is only going to get worse over time.  No amount of "talk therapy" is going to make any difference in that fact, thus I have accepted the fact that medication is a requirement for me to be able to maintain a stable mood.
 
Taking medication for a set period of time is a nice thought, but not always realistic, especially if the problems at the root of the depression are chronic.  Due to the nature of anti-depressant medications, when they start working and you start feeling better, a lot of people make the mistake of thinking that they are "all better" and can stop taking the medication.  A lot of people think that there is some "stigma" that accompanies taking medication for depression, but it's really no different than taking a medication for a condition like high blood pressure.  If you need it to function at a satisfactory level, then continue to take the medication. 
 
I have tried practically all the depression medications and combinations.  I am currently taking a new medication called SYMBYAX, a small dose of prozac, buspar and klonopin for anxiety.  The combination is working pretty well for me, at least most of the time.  I stay pretty even most of the time, and the occasional time when I do get upset, it only lasts for a short time.  Everyone is different, so what works for me may not work for you, but then again it might.  As far as I can tell, I don't have any noticible side effects.
 
I hope you can find something that will work for you as well.  Don't get hung up on the length of time you are taking the medication.  You may find that once you stabilize on the right medication(s), you may not need as much "talk therapy."  One thing you do need to remember, psychologists and psychiatrists make their money every time you show up for an appointment.  It's in their best interest if you continue to show up every week.  I found that once I had my medication stabilized, I didn't have anything I really needed to talk about with a therapist on a weekly basis.  You may find that to be the case as well.
 
Good luck to you and please keep us updated on your progress. Oh, by the way, your English is just fine!
 
Leigh Ann scool
•On Disability for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ, stomach problems
•Divorced, 45, spawn-free

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ATHENSGIRL2
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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 81
   Posted 6/1/2011 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your replies and support, I'll start taking them this weekend and see how it goes.  Fortunately, I don't pay for the visits to the doctors, they are provided for free through our community, so basically these doctors do charity work and they are so nice. 
One thing is for sure: I really want to start feeling happy again!
 
Christina

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 6/1/2011 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
excellent christina. i see the shrink and therapist through our community system at no cost as well. would be lost without them!!! they have helped me so much. all the best to you. glad ya feeling better. jamie
SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , RAPID CYCLING BI-POLAR DISORDER

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.
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