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infoman
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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 7/1/2011 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Just thought I'd introduce myself & say hello to everyone! smilewinkgrin

CassandraLee
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   Posted 7/1/2011 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Infoman. Welcome to Healing Well and our forum. We are a close knit group of people here and look forward to getting to know you. If you get a few moments perhaps you could tell us more about yourself.

Cass

getting by
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   Posted 7/1/2011 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Infoman,

Welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum. You have found a wonderful site where everybody cares and is supportive. As Cass said, we would like to know a little more about you. Thanks for joining us.

Hugs, Karen
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infoman
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   Posted 7/1/2011 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'm a 53 year old gay male who has suffered from depression & anxiety throughout his life, although only sought treatment the last 10 years. I've been in all those dark places that I am sure most of you have been in at one point or another.. or maybe not. I lost my job about 4 years ago and fell into a very blue funk - Got so bad I had no motivation for living and just getting out of bed was a struggle....Never cried so much in my life for no apparent reason other than a deep sense of sadness that was so ever present. I'm out of that dark place now, but still struggle with shades of grey. During those darker days my GP was trying to bring me back with attempts at switching antidepressants. Was on Paxil for about the first 5 years, then when I lost my job and depression hit, tried several new ones, each having disastrous effects until we landed with Effexor. Actually, it was today's looking up Effexor side effects that led me here.

Anyway, still not working and continue to have a few days a month that are downers - Maybe it's the forever present insomnia and the fact I've gained 60 pounds in the last 10 years that tears me apart... my self esteem sure ain't what it used to be.

Well, I could ramble for hours, but I'll spare you the details. It's good knowing I've found a place to vent if need be... My family, I do love them, but when it comes to them understanding my battle with depression, they sometimes fall short of the mark.... A cold they can comprehend,... in someone's head, not so much.

Cheers!
Chris
Make each day count!

getting by
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   Posted 7/1/2011 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris,

I took effexor for many years and then added a mood stabilizer to it. They worked very well together. I switched to pristiq only because I had to take so much effexor. I was on the max dose which meant five capsules a day. The pristiq is a close cousin so the transition worked well for me. But effexor works good for some people. I had to take 375 mg of it daily. Two in the morning and three in the afternoon. I took the time release capsules. You may want to talk to your doc about a mood stabilizer or a mood elavator. I take abilify. It works well with the effexor and the pristiq.

The weight gain could be from the medication, which alone can make us depressed. I gained a lot of weight on prozac. I could look at food and gain weight it was so bad. I may have gained on the effexor but I also have fibromyalgia and the inactivity could have caused the weight gain. I have been losing weight but I cut out soda and switched to water, have been walking and also really watching what I eat. I hope to continue. I actually ordered a new top that I know I can't wear until I lose a few more pounds, I don't know if that is optimism or just plain foolishness. lol...

I hope that coming here helps you Chris. Life isn't easy, there are a lot of grey areas. But we should have more good days than bad. So I hope that you do feel better soon. I always say live one day at a time, but I do like your signature, make each day count.

Hugs, Karen
Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia


fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies
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