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   Posted 7/23/2012 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on antidepressants for many years. I once had a major depression where I literally did not sleep for two months. I take 2 mg of klonopin and 200 mg of anafranil at bedtime. I am also on progesterone and thyroid meds for hashimoto's. I have a terrible time getting out of bed in the morning. I really don't feel well until around 3 in the afternoon. My husband wants me to drink coffee in the morning to get me going. I haven't had real coffee in almost 20 years since my major depression. My doctor doesn't want me to start drinking regular coffee again. But I am literally wasting my life by staying in bed most of the day. I really don't have any motivation in the morning. However, in the late afternoon and evening, I am a different person. I don't know what to do. A part of me wants to try the morning coffee, but another part is scared. I never want to go back to the insomnia I had years ago. Does anyone else have trouble with this problem? It is really disrupting my life and causing problems with my marriage and children. Thanks.

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   Posted 7/23/2012 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear mom84,

I wish I was the person replying who'd been where you are now -- that way I could offer some good support. I thought I had a dilemma about coffee. I have not admitted it until now, but I feel very addicted to caffeine. I would be literally scared to not drink coffee. I don't think I like that feeling very much. I guess I would say not to drink coffee, but i've never had to deal with depression in the same way as you. To not be able to get going until 3 would be so hard for me to imagine. Perhaps if I were you I'd give it a try.

I am very wishy-washy and I know that can't help. I do hope you find your answers. I appreciate your post because thru your story I know I'm not alone in this battle to beat depression.

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   Posted 7/24/2012 4:12 AM (GMT -6)   
hi Mom84 and welcome.

Coffee is not the answer. Going to your doctor and explaining how tired and unmotivated you feel is the answer. Your doctor can adjust your meds accordingly. You are smart to be hesitant about adding caffeine when you're prone to insomnia.

I love my coffee, don't get me wrong. However, adding a stimulant isn't an answer at all. It could be that you are just not a morning person. Some of us aren't you know.
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   Posted 7/24/2012 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mom84,

I drink coffee in the morning but I always have. I drink close to a pot of it a day. I also take stimulants to get going. I take adderall xr. I have fibromyalgia and I, like you, couldn't get going in the morning. Eventually, with the help of the adderall, now I am a morning person.

It probably wouldn't hurt for you to try a cup or two in the morning, but I think as posted above that you should talk to the doctor about this. They would have the best idea for you. I hope that you get it sorted out soon.

PS... Welcome to the forum. I hope you stick around.

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   Posted 7/24/2012 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mom84
Sorry to hear you having this issue. 
I had insomnia for a while after giving up coffee.  I used peppermint tea in the morning to get going.  It does not have caffine, but the natural ingredients stimulate your senses the same way.  You can also try stimulating soap and body washes.
I do yoga, not the twist pretzel kinds,  gentle stretchiing and centering kind, this wakes my muscles and my mind up.
Do some research, trial and error, stick to it I would not reccomend the caffeine if you absolutely do not neet it, if you have an addictive personlity or trait towards it.
Best of luck to you! Let us know how you make out!  We care.
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