ion of your life at the moment reminds me of how I was feeling about
three months ago. I lost my sister just over a year ago and I think this triggered my depression. I also have a chronic illness (autoimmune hepatitis) and am reaching the retirement stage of my life which I find quite daunting. Like you, I would sit around doing nothing, crying at anything and everything.
Lexapro has been wonderful. I have been taking it for three months. No more tears. Nothing seems to worry or stress me. While others at work are complaining and stressing, I am now the one with the positive thoughts and comments.
I have also found the books "Beating the Blues" (Tanner & Ball) and "Taming the Black Dog" invaluable.
My doctor recommended an interactive internet program "MoodGym" which I have been working on and have also found this very beneficial.
I am very aware of thinking in a positive manner (I know that's easy while on the medication) and analysing my thoughts when I am down or upset. Working out why I am feeling this way and trying to change my thinking. Sometimes I find myself angry, analysing all the time, constantly thinking "Was that being positive? Was that a negative thought?etc" but I'm sure it's my way of beating this depression. I was always a calm, easy going person and friends and family are very surprised to learn of my depression.
I'm just hoping that when I am done with Lexapro I can cope as weel as I am coping now. My doctor wants me to continue taking it until June. (That will be six months) then gradually wean myself off).
Good luck and take care.
Post Edited (Marg57) : 3/9/2007 7:30:49 PM (GMT-7)