Depressed & overwhelmed for no reason

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   Posted 6/4/2017 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
As in the subject, this is what's going on for me. I take zoloft and effexor xr, which i think should be enough, but it just isn't cutting it. I don't know what to do. Have no one that I can talk to about it as far as friends and I don't want to bother my kids with it either.

Any idears?

Post Edited (aug) : 6/4/2017 4:29:39 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/4/2017 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aug,

Have you told the doctor that the medications aren't cutting it? How long have you been on this combination?

When I took Effexor xr, I took 375mg of it plus a mood stabilizer with it. What dose are you on?

I took Zoloft years ago, it worked but I couldn't tolerate the side effects.

Do you go to any type of therapy? That can help along with medication and coping skills.

I hope that you feel better soon.

Hugs, Karen...

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   Posted 6/4/2017 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 300mg of each of the meds. I've been at this level for approx. 9 months.

I plan on contacting my dr. tomorrow. When i saw her a couple months ago, she told me that if these weren't enough, that there were things on the market that we can try to add to see if it will give me that extra boost to help.

If I knew it wouldn't devastate my family, I'd "check out" but I won't/can't do that to them. I don't want them to think that they're not important enough for me to not hang sure is hard sometimes though. Plus I'm afraid I'd fail at it anyways.

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   Posted 6/4/2017 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum.

Please check out our Resources thread at the top of the forum. 6 pages of very helpful information in dealing with our diagnosis's and where to get help. Crisis lines.

Do you use any coping skills to supplement the medications?

Meds do a lot of the work, but not all.

I use quiet meditation, prayer, journaling, art, breathing, walking, mindfulness, gardening and my dogs. Also a support group and this site as coping skills and support.

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   Posted 6/5/2017 2:20 AM (GMT -7)   
You're on a pretty high dose of each. I am sorry it isn't working for you. I think that the doc has given you an option by saying they would add something to the mix. Maybe a mood stabilizer, mine does wonders for me. I take abilify and it helps me not to think too much and stabilizes my mood a lot. It took a little adjusting but it worked. Keep in touch with the doc and see what they will recommend.

I also do mindfulness and meditation. They both help a lot. check out "". This is a good site which helps a lot.

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   Posted 6/17/2017 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Aug,

I hope your doc is able to give you something that helps. I would also suggest looking for a group therapy situation, so you can be around other like-minded people. You can use that as a sounding board. It needn't cost a lot of money. I'm not sure where you are from, but there is a group called Depression Bipolar Support (DBSA) that might have a meeting you could check out. They have really helped me.

Thinking about "checking out" is a sign you need some help. I hope you are able to find some. Always remember you can post on here as much as you need to. It has become my go-to when I'm really upset, and it always helps, even if it is just to get things off my chest.

Good luck!

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