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littlesister2012
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   Posted 1/3/2012 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
As I know everyone is different, and sometimes, it is not good to read all the reviews and reports on these things - I guess I am just looking for reassurances.

I am in week three of taking Celexa 20mg once a day and trileptal 450 mg twice a day. I do see some little improvement, and see some anxiety lessened, and the "uglies"(thoughts) are lessening - a little farther apart than before.

Just curious about ... oh I don't know ... I need some positives about this. Am I headed in the right direction?

My diagnosis - major depression secondary to a medical condition - both are being treated.

There are days or moments when I just think I am not getting better, but yet, there are more positive moments.

getting by
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   Posted 1/3/2012 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Littlesister2012,

Welcome to the depression forum. If you are starting to feel better after three weeks, that is a good sign. It takes most antidepressants six to eight weeks to reach their full potential. So this is good. Try to take life one day at a time. Focus on the positives that you are feeling. You will get there. Please do keep posting. There are many of us who can share what works for them. I take pristiq, abilify and xanax. It took me a long time to find the right medication, but I have been feeling better for a few years now. So I can't complain one bit. Abilify is a mood stabilizer, also used for bipolar. It really helped my moods. I have been doing wonderfully since I started taking it. So after the six to eight weeks, if you aren't feeling better, ask your doc about adding a mood stabilizer, they do help your antidepressants work better.

Keep posting, know that we all care, and have a wonderful day.

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Jim1969
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   Posted 1/3/2012 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds to me like you are headed in the right direction.

Depression is not one of those conditions where you can take some medicine for a week or two and be cured. It takes time. Also as gettingby pointed out it also takes time for depression medications to reach their full potential.

Give it until the 2 month mark or so and if you still feel the medications are not working enough speak to your doctor about it as at that point you and your doctor should have a good idea if some kind of medication change is needed.

One more thing to keep in mind. It is not at all uncommon for medication to only take someone so far and the rest of the journey is done through therapy and personal determination.

Hang tough. People beat depression everyday and everyday that you get up and face the day is a victory.
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bayoub2
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   Posted 1/3/2012 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome littlesister!

You have found a great place for support and advice.

As Jim and Karen have said, anti-depressants normally take 4-8 weeks to build up in your system and start really working. Alot of us have added another med to boost the effects of meds. I take cymbalta, seroquel and Klonopin and as Kare said, don't get discouraged if the first go0-round doesn't work and you have to change or add a medication. This can take awhile, so hang in there, put on your seatbelt and try to endure the ride!! Keep posting and let us know how things are going and what works for you

Maggie
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littlesister2012
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   Posted 1/3/2012 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks you guys. It is nice to have people who have been through this before.

I am taking trileptal as a mood stabilizer.

I will have been taking these meds for four weeks on Thursday.

Depression is a kick, isn't it? I have been reading all the posts and such and side effects and that was probably wrong. I couldnt undestand why all these people were feeling better and not experiencing stuff I was experiencing. It had begun to make me think I was nuts, and then I started seeing some other positive comments from people who said, everyone is different and hang in there and three weeks is short. (Though it seems long)

I was on prozac before this week - for about two weeks - and it increased my anxiety.
And the anxiety brought on the uglies and tears a lot worse.

I think so many people say that meds make them suicidal and I think that is not 100 percent true. The meds take a while to adjust, and I think that person must have been already way depressed and anxious and they just didn't realize it. I could be wrong.

My problems were fear of losing control, and anxiety over so much. My hormones were out of whack - are, and faced so many yucky life situationst his summer. And I was just too stubborn to admit I had problems.

It's Genetic
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   Posted 1/3/2012 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,Little sister 2012,

Ask your doctor what he/she thinks about a med food called "Deplin". It's a concentrated form of folate which can reach the brain and increase the serotonin activity and transmitters in the brain.

Some depressed people (as many as upwards of 50%) cannot utilize folate from foods they eat, and Deplin does have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and has proven to be a very big help to those of us who cannot metabolize folate from the diet.

I mention this because it's effective much more quickly than the anti-depressants and as a food product, it has no detrimental side effects that I have been able to determine.

(Some doctors may want to do genetic testing to determine if you are one of those folks who cannot get folate from foods that can cross the blood-brain barrier. My psychiatrist felt that it was worth a try regardless of what genetic testing might show and did not order testing.) I found it beneficial within three days.

I think Skitt on the cardiovascular forum is one who uses it and considers it to be beneficial.

It's worth a try if you're not responding as quickly as you wish to the anti-depressant. It does not, however, supersede the need for long-term use of anti-depressants, to my knowledge.

We aren't doctors, of course, and can't tell you what to do, but we can relate to you our experiences with medications.

I wish you success in your efforts to get the depression in remission.

It's Genetic

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 1/3/2012 2:41:35 PM (GMT-7)


bayoub2
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   Posted 1/3/2012 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
IG

Thanks for that info-I might try that. Is it a prescription or available OTC? I was reading an article about how many people cannot metabolize anti-ds and I beginning to think I am treatment resistant-nothing seems to work for very long.

Great info as usual, IG thanks
Maggie
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It's Genetic
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   Posted 1/3/2012 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Bayou,

I'm a little late, but Happy New Year to you and your family.

At this time, Deplin is a prescribed food med only. Its usual dosage is 15 mg. once daily. I take 7.5 mg (about $40.00 per month with insurance), and that's very adequate for me. I supplement it with 10 mg. Prozac, but think that I could easily get by without Prozac; am considering asking my psychiatrist how that fits her plans for me.

I would suggest NOT going the genetic testing route; just several days on Deplin will tell you if you are benefitting from it. I think maybe Skitt on the Cardiovascular Forum may be using Deplin, and I think she may be med resistant--I'm thinking that, mind you--not sure.

It's very worth a try. I've never had a medication prove so beneficial for me without the acidic side effects of all prescribed medications.

Take care.

I.G.

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 1/3/2012 2:30:40 PM (GMT-7)


Jim1969
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   Posted 1/3/2012 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
LIttlesister, anti-depressants can be a double edge sword for some people, and it is true in some people it can make them suicidal. The irony to this is it happens in some people because the medication is actually doing its job. It is making them feel better, but most of the people who become this way have sunk so deep into depression they do not have the energy or "will" to take any kind of action. They get to the point they honestly do not care about anything and just "go through the motions" of life. It is after they start meds and start coming out of it they go through a period of "caring" about life in the reverse and get the energy to try to do something about it.

Most of the time it is against the rules here to discuss suicide, but I think it is important for people to understand what can happen to people who are starting on anti-depressants once they start working and why it does happen to some.

I hope that my partner moderators also see the value in this and will let my comments on this very touchy topic stand. If not I do completely understand.

I also hope that our members do not take this as a green light to start discussing taking one's own life. My comments are about potential effects of medication and not about suicide.

As always, if you or someone you know is thinking about this please consider it an emergency situation the same as a heart attack and seek professional help immediately.
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