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kelsrox
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   Posted 12/3/2011 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone!

Have any of you wonderful people had an experience with the new drug, Viibryd? I wish I hadn't!

Here's part of my story: Female, 25. Student and Pharmacy tech.

For about a year, my half brother molested me. I was about 6. He was 17. I was told if I told anyone, he would hurt my mother. My older brother (he was 11 and brother from both parents) knew about it but was threatened with the same threat. In my mind, this wasn't a stretch. He didn't like my mom. In his eyes, she was an evil step mom. So, I went years after this acting like everything was normal. Even babysitting his children (whom I know he never sexually abused, honestly). My parents found out as my mom was reading a journal I kept. Yes, she was snooping. But she really enjoyed my poetry and was enjoying it when she flipped to the next page and saw my confession. My OWN flesh and blood molested me. I'm not angry that she was snooping. It was something I had resigned to telling no one at that point. After all, I'd kept it a secret for ten years.

I was in and out of therapy after that. The first year or 2, I saw a wonderful psychologist. She told me how smart, funny and brave I was. And I truly felt that I was going to get through it all. Then Katrina happened. My doctor was in New Orleans. I still haven't found her, though now I'd be beyond her scope since I'm no longer a child (age wise! Lol)

Now, my psychologist is more of a guy who listens then adjusts my medicine and says see you in a few months. I like him, but I need counseling! After losing the other doctor, I regressed. I shut those memories off again.

What made those memories come back? My brother's death. My molester, my monster, but my brother (who throughout this I wasn't sure but when he died I knew) that I still loved. Despite what he'd done, he was my brother. And I had slowly been learning to forgive him before he died but I never got to tell him. We hadn't spoken in 4 years.

I've been on Lexapro, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Prozac, Cymbalta and now I'm on Viibryd. Can we say I feel like I'm bipolar? Yes we can. I am not bipolar and am suffering from "emotional distress." But Viibryd makes me cry when I'm happy, sad, angry, etc. Anyone else have this effect?

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   Posted 12/3/2011 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kelsrox,

It kind of sounds like you are seeing a psychiatrist instead of a psychologist. A psychiatrist basically just hands out the meds and deals with that part of it. I see a psychologist, and we have one hour therapy sessions on a regular basis. I would look for some type of counselor to go along with the doctor that you are seeing.

You have been through a lot. I wonder if you would benifit from grief counseling, but with the circumstances, I think therapy from a counselor would really help you. I can imagine that you are going through a lot of different emotions right now and that can be overwhelming. With what has happened in the past coming back to you, you may even become angry at one point or another. And that is completely justified. I would be angry. It would be normal.

I have never taken Viibyrd, but from what i read, it sounds like a good medication. Is it new? It did say that a side effect of it could be feelings of anger. They should go away. But it could be from what has happened too. I really think it is important that you talk to a professional and figure out how you are going to handle the stress that you are having from all that has happened. Coming here is good too, and before I forget, welcome to the forum. You will find great support here and a lot of compassion.

Shutting off the memories could have been a way of coping. Plus you werent' talking about it with the doctor that you had. I hate losing a good doctor. You get use to them and are comfortable with them too. But now the memories are flooding back. I would talk to your doc that you are seeing now and let them know that you would like more frequent counseling visits. If they can't do that, then they can recommend somebody who can. You are definately on the right track with what you need to help you heal. Be persistant and take that next step and get the counseling that you need.

I hope that you aren't suffering too badly right now. Keep posting, know that everybody here cares.

Hugs, Karen
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bayoub2
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   Posted 12/3/2011 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum!

Sorry to hear of your sorrows. I think you need more talk therapy...alot of us see a counselor, usually a LCSW (counslor in social work)..I talk with mine 45 minutes every month or more often if needed.

I live in Bay St Louis, MS and we lost it all in Katrina too. I guess you moved after the storm...We came back bulldozed the old house and rebuilt.

Anyway, I just started cymbalta and it seems to be working. Please let us know about the Vibryd..we are always looking for new meds around here-lol. Again, I hope you keep posting...this is a great place for support.

Take care
Maggie
"We never realize how strong we are, until being strong is the only thing left"
Major Depressive Disorder, ptsd, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, l3/4, L4/5 gone, bursitis arthritis sciatica

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kelsrox
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   Posted 12/4/2011 1:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both so much! The Viibryd is definitely not in the same league as anything I've taken before. At least after a while, I wouldn't cry constantly. The Lexapro made me feel detached the first time I took it and this psychologist (he actually might have some other titles that allow him to write scripts, but he is a psychologist) said I needed to be detached or emotionally "flat" so that I could try to get myself out of the emotional crisis I was in. But lexapro stops working for me after about 6 months. But Viibryd sucks for me. As a pharmacy tech, I've heard people have amazing results, but I've been on it for 3 months and it SUCKS! I've been on Cymbalta, when I was just suffering from anxiety and if I didn't take it exactly the same time every day I would start crying and get headaches. But it was really good besides that. After I finish my finals, I'm switching back to Zoloft (that I have been on before so I know the effects). If I don't take my Xanax Xr and some antidepressant, I'm sooo ridiculously depressed and on edge. I asked my md to give me the name of a good counselor, and its an lcsw. :) thanks again, yall. And BTW, I was living in BR but the psychologist was so good, I traveled to new Orleans!
Kelsey; 25 years old suffering from a slew: depression, anxiety, IBS, etc.

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   Posted 12/4/2011 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I take xanax, but have never tried the xr. How does that work for you? Just curious.

I am glad you are able to go back to zoloft if you want to. I am sorry that the viibryd isn't working as well as you had hoped. I take pristiq and I like it, but I also take a mood stabilizer with it. Abilify. It really has helped me.

I wish you the best, just got up so am making many mistakes.

Hugs, Karen

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kelsrox
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   Posted 12/4/2011 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
The XR really helps, Karen. I was on 1mg of the regular 3times a day and it still wasn't controlling my anxiety. I had tried Klonopin and it made me agitated. They tried Ativan after the xanax and it didn't do crap. So I'm on 1MG XR twice daily and it keeps me level. It is a savior, truly. I don't like having to take it, but I'm glad it works! I haven't tried Pristiq, but I'm thinking of saying no to Zoloft and have him put me on something else. Zoloft sucks if you have any intention of having sex lol.
Kelsey; 25 years old suffering from a slew: depression, anxiety, IBS, etc.

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   Posted 12/4/2011 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean. I tried it too. It gave me bad diarrhea. I lost a ton of weight. Most people gain weight on zoloft.

I am glad that the xanax xr works well for you. I hope you find a good anti depressant that will help you. There are so many right now to try.

I hope that you are having a good day. Raining here. Better than snow I guess. But snow is less damp.

Take care, thanks for posting.

Hugs, Karen
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kelsrox
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   Posted 12/6/2011 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
It's raining here now! Brrrrr its cold though. That wet cold that even if it wasn't raining, would still be present. That's humidity for you. The cold sticks to you!

Hope you're having a good one!
Kelsey; 25 years old suffering from a slew: depression, anxiety, IBS, etc.

kelsrox
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   Posted 12/6/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
And unfortunately, I know of diarrhea all too well. My husband says "well what did you eat?" Honestly, I could eat a cracker and have raging..well no need to be my regular vulgar self, you get the idea lol
Kelsey; 25 years old suffering from a slew: depression, anxiety, IBS, etc.

bayoub2
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   Posted 12/6/2011 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, Ativan didn't do crap for me either, I use Klonopin at night for sleep disorder, helps with my seroquel(mood stabilizer) Sorry cymbalta didn't work for you-seems to be helping-only week 3. I took welbutrin for years and it completely stopped working. I ended up going to hospital for meds change..just be careful about weaning off stuff as I'm sure you already know can be hairy!!

Take care and keep posting
Maggie
"We never realize how strong we are, until being strong is the only thing left"
Major Depressive Disorder, ptsd, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, l3/4, L4/5 gone, bursitis arthritis sciatica

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kelsrox
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   Posted 12/6/2011 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Cymbalta was wonderful, Maggie. I just didn't like that if I didn't take it at the 24 hour mark EXACTLY, I would lose it! I have a weird schedule and sometimes, I can't do the exact time thing. But if you can, trust me, Cymbalta works. It just doesn't stay in the system as long as say Prozac or some others. Wellbutrin gave me migraines :( I already have them so I didnt need anything else to make it worse. I just started on Lamictal, which the doc has put me on to stabilize my mood. Did the mood stabilizer make you confused at all, at first? Idk if its the Lamictal or these vertigo episodes I've been having. Ugh, I have way too much going on for a 25 year old lol. Yall have a good day!
Kelsey; 25 years old suffering from a slew: depression, anxiety, IBS, etc.

kelsrox
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   Posted 12/6/2011 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
And I'm sorry to see your back issues. I had a hemilaminectomy last year. I think that's how you spell it.. they cut out part of L5 or S1 ? Can't remember. Anyway, it was bulging on a nerve. Now, the scar tissue is pressing on it. darned if I do and darned if I don't! Hydrocodone is good, but I hate the idea of being on a narcotic pain reliever. Well, nothing else works! I understand at least a bit of that pain as well. How is the cold weather treating you? Is it raining there?
Kelsey; 25 years old suffering from a slew: depression, anxiety, IBS, etc.
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