Not getting relief, facing tough decisions

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   Posted 6/10/2012 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm at about 7 weeks on 150 mg zoloft and it doesn't seem to be helping. I'm really woried that I'll have to start over with something else, and who knows how long that will take. I've gotten out of depression before with medication but it took a really long time. It's a cruel situation when you have to trust the doctor's decision and it seems to be such an in-exact science. All I know is if I didn't have ativan to take once or twice a day I don't think I would make it - seriously. I know there's no answer any of you can give, nobody can really say "Here's what you should do", if they did they'd just be guessing, which is not much different than what psyciatrists are often doing. Hard to blame them, they just have have to try their best, based on what they think might work.
I just wish I could jump in a time machine or be sedated somehow until this passes. I think that's why a lot of people stay in bed, they want to keep on sleeping until either the depression passes or their life passes, I can understand why someone would feel that way. If I could sleep longer I would, that's about the only break I seem to get from it lately.

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   Posted 6/11/2012 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Exproud,

I just want to say that it wouldn't be the end of the world if you had to try another antidepressant.I had to go through a few before I found what worked.You just have to be a little more patient when it comes to trying meds. You will find what is right for you. I am glad that the ativan is working. That is something. All that we can do is put our trust into the psychiatrist. They are also only human, and they are trying to help us. It is not a perfect world, nowhere close. But we do the best that we can with what we have. You may have to try another med, but you will get there. Keep posting and know that we care.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/5/2012 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Depression can be difficult to handle at times. Try counseling to help you cope. You can learn how to think positive and build self confidence in yourself. I went for psychotherapy and learned to change my negative thinking into positive thinking. You need to build self confidence and motivation. Risperadol is a great psychotic drug that helps you cope with everyday life. Remember, nothing is impossible unless you believe. You are not powerless over your emotions.

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   Posted 8/5/2012 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
hi ln3158,

just wanted to tell you, i know what it is like to be that depressed, and to want to sleep all the time. you are not alone. there are many people on this message board who have experienced what you are going through. keep posting whenever you want. some days will be better than others.

i went through a really bad period last year where it was difficult to get out of bed. people on this message board encouraged me to just try and get up each day, shower and get dressed. i was very down on myself because all of life just seemed to be too much to deal with. but i took their suggestions and now have progressed to where i can get up and clean up each day without too many problems.

i wish you luck and hope you feel better soon.

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   Posted 8/5/2012 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Display and all!

Depression is a disease that needs to be treated as a life long one and educating yourself on skills to cope with it is your BEST defense.

Medications can help up to 50% the rest is up to the individual! You will need to find what works for you.

Try the resources at the top of this forum, I strongly suggest a therapist to find the source of your triggers, what sets your depression in motion. Many of us have no idea what our triggers are until we dig deep into our selves and we need gentle help to do that.

Depression is not the only you are dealing with more than likely, talking to your doctor is a good start. If you do not like your doctor, get one that will listen to you. NO matter how hard it is. I know I have been there. You need to advocate for yourself.

Keep posting here, we care and we will listen. But do take action and proactive for your mental health.

Be still and know there is peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.

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