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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 6/29/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone -
 
I usually post on the UC board but I have a question about general bad perspective... I have always thought life was just OK. I was never the type who thought I would want to have children because I thought life's not so great, why force someone else into it? My father told me life is better than the alternative and I told him that I disagree. Is this depression? I have always thought I had a negative view of the world but I never considered it depression. Things people see as great, I see as unimportant, such as holidays, birthdays, graduation, a new baby, nothing really strikes me as a really happy event, it's all level. I am rarely feeling up but often feeling down. I went to a psychiatrist and I told him the way I am and he said it is not depression and that I have anxiety.
 
Anyway, I developed UC a few years back and it's made my perspective much worse. It's very hard to think positive when you're constantly physically having problem after problem. I often sit around thinking about bad things, for instance, I will think my dogs are getting older and I get very sad.
 
I am starting an antidepressant for my headaches. I hope it helps with the negativity. Could it possibly help?
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   Posted 6/29/2011 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

I am glad that you posted, it does sound like you could have some depression. Though fortunately, it sounds treatable. Hopefully the antidepressants that you are going to take for headaches will help with your depression too.

I don't have any children either, so I don't get all excited over new babies either. I kind of felt the same as you, why bring another person into this imperfect world. But I am hoping my grandchildren (through marriage) will care about me when I get old. I don't expect them to take care of me or anything, but I hope that they will be around. But I can see your point of view on that subject. Not that I don't like babies, I do, but I don't ask to hold them or anything like that. I sometimes feel wierd, but that is just me.

Not getting excited over things does sound like depression. I have learned to appreciate the little things in life so the big things seem huge. But I like nature and love to walk my dog and all that. So I get easy pleasure. It keeps me from getting disappointed in things. I don't get my hopes up like I use to so if a plan works out, or somebody does what they say they are going to do, I get really excited about that. I don' tknow if I am making myself clear, but I guess I keep my expectations down so that good things seem really good. Can you see what I am getting at? I have a hard time explaining myself sometimes.

But if the antidepressant doesn't seem to work, I would discuss something else. Honestly to me you don't seem anxious, you seem more depressed.

I hope that you feel better soon. Keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
 
PS  I was curious as to what antidepressant that the doctor put you on...
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 6/29/2011 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for responding getting by. She gave me Pristiq. I looked drugs.com and it seems like this has a lot of good reviews for depression. Hopefully it kills 2 birds with one stone, that would be a dream. I am actually a lot like you, I enjoy the little things. I love the outdoors and doing things with my dogs. I love nature. I just get so upset when I think about the negative stuff, it's very overpowering. The neurologist said you can't change a negative view but you can make it have less of an impact on how you feel. I think that would probably be a positive if I can at least stop getting so wrapped up in the negativity.

I will let you know how I do. Do you know how long before these types of medications start to show benefits?

I never have expectations, they always end up being letdowns... I know your grandbabies will love you a ton. My grandpa was through marriage and I still miss him every single day since he's been gone.
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   Posted 6/29/2011 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
It takes six to eight weeks to feel the full benefits. But you may start feeling better before that.

I hope that it works for you.  I found it works well for me.  The best so far.  I have been lucky in the last ten years with meds.  But before that it took many tries until I found what worked for me.  Actually I was on effexor and went off of it because I felt good, not knowing the reason was the medication.  It was hard to go off of.  But I ended up going back on it after trying a bunch of other meds, and I was on it for many years.  Pristiq is a close cousin to effexor so it was easy to switch.  I have been losing weight too.  I gained a lot on effexor and in combination with fibromyalgia, due to not being able to be active. 
 
Let us know how it goes.  Take care, have a great evening...

Hugs, Karen
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Post Edited (getting by) : 6/29/2011 6:56:36 PM (GMT-6)

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