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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 2/21/2007 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been stepping down on my meds (Effexor) for awhile now, and I decided this past weekend was the best time to cut myself off, so to speak. I've been off for only 6 days now (besides one minor relapse on Sunday), and I already feel like I've completely lost all of my coping skills. I've suddenly reverted back into "the old me", and I absolutely hate that person and don't want to be her anymore. I also don't want to subject the people I currently care about to her. Has anyone else been in this situation? If so, what did you do?
Thanks for listening,
- a

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 2/21/2007 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I'm back on my meds. The first time I had to tell my family I had depression they didn't know what to do. I come from a family of "suck it up" types. Oddly enough my dad is a doctor and I was most affraid to tell him because he is a very, VERY traditional doctor. He surprised me though. Even though he didn't really know that much about depression he didn't judge me and he listened to me very carefully (he even told my mom to hush and just listen). This last time around I was talking to my dad about not wanting to go back on meds and wondering if I had the money to do so ($100.00/month) because my insurance doesn't cover the one that works for me. Dad said something very profound that changed my perseption.

He told me that $100.00 a month might just be the best investment that I could ever make in my future. Looking at that way, it made a lot of sense.

We are what we are and we deal with what we deal with. Man, that guy is smart!!!
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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 2/21/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi amarafay, I guess you would have to look at the reasons why you have decided to start decreasing your antidepressant.  Depending on your diagnosis (major depression, situational depression, ect.) often times when we start on an antidepressant and reach that thearputic level, feel stable and perhaps well enough to deal with our lives and situations without the medication.  Depression and like disorders are chemical imbalances in the brain and this is very difficult if not impossible for us to control on our own.  I am not saying that there are not some people who can live without antidepressants as there are and they do effectively manage their lives, but for the most part there are many who do need to continue with some sort of medication.
My suggestion to you would be to give your doctor a call and just let them know what is going on.  Maybe you needed to taper off of the Effexor slower, or maybe they would recommend another medication at a light dose...I dont know, but do please do keep your doctor informed of how your doing.  Letting this go on too long can be dangerous.
Please let us know how it goes...Take care

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