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   Posted 1/13/2013 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok so i WAS feeling on top of the world but now im feeling depressed and kind of alone my mum works and so does my fiance its really lonely just looking at 4 walls and i just found out that he wont have a day of work this week and i lost it real bad......
Started shouting (really badly)
sympthy talk to myself (im so lonely, no one cares that kind)
I dont recall being like this before lupus only once in a while but now it comes every month or so is this because of lupus or my tablets. If im not depressed then im aggresive shouting then throwing things i sound like a problem person but the aggresion has only just started
Any insight as to  why im like this a sweet bird one minute then a lion the next.

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   Posted 1/13/2013 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you taking prednisone? It can mess with emotions like this, esp. if taking more than 20 mg.

You can talk with your dr about this - there are meds that help smooth things out.
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   Posted 1/13/2013 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, but i used to take 20mg now im only at 5mg

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   Posted 1/13/2013 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you taking a anti depressant? Sometimes having to deal with a chronic illness can affect our mood. Like being angry, crying, screaming, being snappy, etc. Maybe you could call your Dr and let them know what's up, they may prescribe something for you.

I totally understand the mood swings. I've NEVER had anxiety issues until I just started taking Benylsta, it's also causing some depression issues. Keep a journal for a few days and see if you can pin point is it anxiety, anger, or depression that's causing the mood.

I think maybe you need something to help, it's certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Most of us with lupus, RA, and Fibro take them. Just some suggestions. Good luck and hope you feel better soon.


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   Posted 1/13/2013 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again Miss Lupus,you say they mood swings occur monthly? Could they be linked to your menstrual cycle/hormones? Probably a good idea to get it checked out with your G.P./Consultant all the best Paul

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   Posted 1/13/2013 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks you both alot nah is not my menstrual cycle at all i no what thats like this is different sometimes when someone gets me angry i want to actually murder them LOL

Im not too keen on going on anti depressant tablets if i go to a quiet room on my own it just goes away which is good but i dont like being like that its not fair on my family and that.

Is thier anything else i could do then go on anti depressants

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   Posted 1/13/2013 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on anti-depressants in the past. They are not bad and can really help you feel better. I should be on them myself, I just havent had the desire to go to a dr for them. I know that Effexor, a popular anti-depressant, is very hard to get off of, so I would steer clear of those. Also, finding something to do while your fiance and mom is working so you wont feel so lonely. Can you work at all? DO you go to school? Maybe you can start a blog or even find a support group in your area? what about friends or other relatives? Can you get together with anyone? Another thing that may help is going to see a therapist.

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   Posted 1/13/2013 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I take a mild dose of paxil which helps my mood swings. I'm also seeing an psychologist who is helping me deal with the causes of my mood swings and how to handle them.
She told me we go through a grief process with a chonic illness. We have denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance. She said we will jump around those first four emotions for awhile and may never be totally accepted.
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