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   Posted 8/10/2006 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi.  I am writing on behalf of my mom's sister, my aunt whom I love very much.  She was abused as a child by a male member of her immediate family.  She has been married for 30 years and her husband, my uncle, decided over the weekend he couldn't take her unhappiness and negativity anymore and told her he wanted her out of the house.  2 days later she tried to kill herself.  She is now in a State Mental hospital in the 72 hour holding period required.  They have said she has severe depression and PostTraumatic Stress Disorder. She was taking Zolaft and Xanax.  They have said her meds were all messed up and that contributed to her breakdown.  They now have her on Cymbalta. Can anyone share their experiences with this drug-please.  I am desparate to know all I can so that I am knowledgeable about her care.  Thank you. 

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   Posted 8/11/2006 3:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I have never taken cymbalta myself but i know others here do so I'm sure they'll be along to reply to your post.
I just wanted to say how sorry I am about your aunt.  It must be such a difficult time for you all.  At least she is getting the right help now and changing her meds will help also.
When someone has suffered a nervous breakdown, it really is the lowest point you can ever feel I think. 
I suffered a breakdown when all my past came back to haunt me. I was also abused as a child by my mums boyfriend and this was harder to cope with as an adult.  I take lexapro which is helping my depressiona dn anxiety and my therapy is slowly helping although it all just takes time.
From feeling so low, the only way is up.  I feel like ive risen from a big black hole and I know I am getting better now. 
I wish your aunt all the best and I think its wonderful how supportive you are of her.  She will appreciate that so much as she starts to get better.
Take care and keep in touch with us.  Let us know how she gets on.
Victoria x
cherish all your happy moments....they make a fine cushion for old age
dx: IBS 2002, Ulcerative Colitis 2004, Depression 2004, Anxiety 2005
meds: lexapro 10mg, prednisilone 10mg, mebeverine 20mg

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   Posted 8/11/2006 4:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi kronstoolong, Welcome to the depression forum.  I am very sorry about your aunt's situation.  She is very fortunate to have your support and concern for her.  I also haven’t taken this medication so I have no personal experience with it, but there are many that have done successfully well on it.  I hope that you do get some responses from those that have first hand experience with this drug.  Please keep us updated on how she is doing.  Are thoughts are with you both.  Take care



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   Posted 8/11/2006 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both so much for your reply.  So far no one has responded with expereince with this dug but hopefully someone comes along.  I will share with her some things you all discuss here, maybe make her realize she is not alone in what happened to her, and how she is feeling now.  Thank you.
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