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Steelcody36
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   Posted 8/8/2011 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys, I finally remembered my user name.

I have suffered from depression off and on since I was a young kid, and occasionally used medication. The last couple of years I have been generally unhappy and don't enjoy anything much, but I've been able to manage without the antidepressants. For the last month, I've had some problem though. I don't feel myself, fatigued, not hungry, nausea and stomach aches when I'm physically active, and seem to be anxious for no reason at times.

The other night, I felt odd when I was at a friends house. Came home, and felt overwhelmed, nausea, nervousness, tired, and broke out into a sweat. I've also had a few nights with my face feeling flushed. It went away within an hour, but what is going on here?

Is this related to depression at all, or have any of you experienced similar things?

I feel so down it's ridiculous, I want to be happy again.

Thanks for reading.

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   Posted 8/8/2011 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you have a little bit of anxiety creeping in. You might need medications to get that to stop. We try not to take them, but sometimes you can just take them for awhile and feel okay. I would talk to the doc about the anxiety and see what they say.

Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen
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Esem
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   Posted 8/8/2011 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there, I know this sounds funny but can you just try what I am going to tell you for a week atleast? By then you'll realize if it is helping you. but you've got to do it sincerely, believe in it with all ur heart. Do it only if u have faith in it. Take a look at yourself in the mirror, look for one thing, just one thing you feel good about and repeat it to yourself over and over again- for instance lets say you have a lovely smile, keep repeating to yourself " I have a lovely smile. People love it when I smile. I am going to smile" The next day say" I have a lovely smile. People love it when I smile. I am going to smile at everyone I meet. I feel good about my smile" You'll begin to notice the difference in yourself and the way people interact with you and before long you'll feel all your good and positive traits surfacing and negate all the negative feelings. Your 'feel good' factor will rise . I tend to get depressed a lot at times and I just try and focus on anything good I can remember, maybe a funny incident, a compliment and or some incident way back in school with my best friend or classmates and that brings in a host of positive emotions and it helps,yes there are moments when I just need a friend to talk to to lighten my heart but sometimes there is no one around when you need them most, like yesterday! but that's where this thing comes into the scene and I try and think of all the good things and my self worth tips the balance and I am in the side that says"positive attitude" It does help. I tell myself, I am a blessing, I am loving, caring and gentle. I am good. etc etc etc and I believe it with all my heart, it sounds hollow sometimes,fake but I drive it away by saying it over and over in my head and guess what, I send out a lot of positive vibes and my colleagues love to come to me, sit with me, they find an excuse to come over to my work station. That is like a booster which fuels my positive force. When I cant think of some feel good factor, I think of the man I love now and what a difference he has made in my life and "boom" I am back again on my "positive vibes" mode and even total strangers walk up to me and greet me or want to interact with me, so there is more positive energy flowing and more than enuf to pass around. Try it and dont give up before you put up a fight with your depression, your positive energy has got to win over the negative for a start.Cheers and take care, hugs. Let me know how it goes. Remember, everything has a small beginning, dont give up, the first step is what matters,alright. Good luck as you discover yourself. This doesnt mean you wont have your low moments, you will but try and negate them with the positive energy within you, believe in yourself, you are unique, just one of you no matter what you look like. And one other thing, I am here, just holler I'll come! ;) .

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   Posted 8/8/2011 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Esem,

I just wanted to say that that was a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

Hugs, Karen
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Steelcody36
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   Posted 8/9/2011 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate all of you for the responses.

Esem, very interesting idea and thank you for such a well thought out post.

I do avoid medications, but I may have to go that route again soon. Times are especially stressful for me as I just graduated from college a few months ago. I'm struggling to find a job, digging into my savings to pay school loans, and don't feel like trying anymore.

Hope things change for the better soon,

thanks again.

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 8/10/2011 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
hang in there steelcody36. keep talkin with ya doc. jamie
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Steelcody36
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   Posted 8/10/2011 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jamiee.

I called this morning and I'm going tomorrow to see if I can get on Zoloft. I'm hoping my physical symptoms are being caused by anxiety and depression so that they will be helped with medication. I took Zoloft several years ago and it worked for me, so after two years of fighting it I'm going to let the doctor know how I feel.

I will keep you all posted,

CM

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   Posted 8/10/2011 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
good work. wishing you all the best, jamie
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Steelcody36
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   Posted 8/11/2011 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Was given samples of low dose Lexapro, hopefully it helps!

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   Posted 8/11/2011 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope that it does work for you. If not, there are many others out there to try. Sometimes it takes a few before you find what works for you. I am really sensitive to anti depressants so it took a lot of tries before I found what worked. But it was worth the effort. I really hope this works for you. Remember it takes six to eight weeks before it reaches it's full potential, but you may start to feel better before that. You may have side effects in the beginning, but they go away in a couple of weeks.

That is where I am different. The med would work for me for about a month, then I would get the side effects. That was very discouraging because they didn't go away. The drugs weren't good matches for me. But all in all I found what works. And I am very greatful for that. I have a good psychiatrist.

Best wishes.

Hugs, Karen
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Steelcody36
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   Posted 8/13/2011 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the comments Karen.

So far, it seems to make me really sleepy. Hopefully this stops soon after my body gets used to it, because my eyes are tired and heavy for most of the day o this it seems. It's only been two days so it may stop giving me this reaction. Also has me clinching my teeth a bit.

CM

Post Edited (Steelcody36) : 8/13/2011 3:23:40 PM (GMT-6)


Steelcody36
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   Posted 8/14/2011 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Alright, new symptoms..

My head and scalp itches like crazy, like something is in my hair. Also have aches around my head, mild but kind of scary.

Any of you experience this?

Going to keep taking the meds, as maybe my body is just getting used to it. I do feel calmer.

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 8/14/2011 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
electrical tingling. or lightning we call it. lexapro is known for it. hoping it passes for you. jamie
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stillme
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   Posted 8/14/2011 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you're feeling a little calmer. Hope the aches and itching stops.

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   Posted 8/14/2011 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
It generally takes a week or two for these to go away. If they don't in that time, call your doc. They will know what to do to adjust your meds or change them. I hope that you feel better soon.

Hugs, Karen
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Steelcody36
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   Posted 8/14/2011 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate all of you more than I can put into words.

Thanks for being there for me so quickly, and I would do the same for any of you.

Hopefully in a week or two the head pains and itchy crawly feeling are gone for good! I have a follow up with the doc in 11 days, I certainly hope they are gone by then.

CM

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   Posted 9/3/2011 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you guys/gals ever get shortness of breath on this medication? The last week my mouth is extra dry and when I run(I'm in very good shape) I've been gasping for air the last few days. It goes away but it's miserable.

CM
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