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   Posted 2/15/2018 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all.

just looking for some feedback on this topic.

A little background - I never really had depression until about 10 years ago, I had three traumatic events happen, pretty much simultaneously while at the same time I had just quit smoking cold turkey after about 20 years of smoking a pack/day. All of this really impacted me, and my mom suggested I see a psychiatrist that she knew. He put me on Wellbutrin, which helped me get through these things.

Fast forward to today, I am still taking Wellbutrin (which is fine) and still seeing the same Psych for the med. Up until I started treatment in June 2017, I occasionally suffered mild depression periods, but I generally accepted it as part of life and just to embrace it and use it as a 'reflective' time.

Since starting treatment for the 3B's, I've had some significant depression episodes unlke anything I've ever expeienced before...just a heavy, heavy dark feeling, hopeless and sad. Though these were also triggered by the loss of my job (I had for 10 years) and I now consider that I was grieving hard while in a fragile state.

That said, my LLMD has several times suggested Zoloft. Each time I expressed I'm not comfortable with that, and she tends to dismiss my concern about starting an antidepressant I can't wean off of. Her most recent response is silence, which tells me that they would not wean me off of it.

In general I know how to deal with my depression, and importantly, if I have a really down day, I pray for God to take these thoughts away and lift of the heavy feeling, and it works.

I guess my question is, has anyone experienced with their Dr recommending an anti-depressant, did you take it, did it help and was the Dr involved in weaning you off of it?

Thanks, sorry for the long post.

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   Posted 2/15/2018 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am so sorry that you are having having these symptoms. Many on our forum have experienced what you are describing. They may not be on here right now but keep checking back to see if they have responded.

I had bad episodes of fear and also a feeling of complete "aloneness" for lack of a better word. from the infections. Those symptoms have gone away with ongoing treatment thankfully.

Have you considered any of Buhners herbal suggestions that may be of help?

Keep praying , that is also what has helped me immensely through all of this.

Take care and others should be along soon. Jo

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   Posted 2/16/2018 3:58 AM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 2/16/2018 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
be careful- antidepressants with never ever cure lyme but curing lyme will probably cure the depression

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   Posted 2/16/2018 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 2/16/2018 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have beeen on ssri's for anxiety for about 20 years. tried to go without it from summer to this winter but had awful anxiety driven depression, back on lexapro however all these meds screw with your sleep architecture. I was on Cymbalta for a couple of years and found out after a sleep study it was wiping out my REM sleep. Know this, exercise has shown to be as effective, but its tough to maintain it. I tried zoloft because it was the leats offender but had to switch do to worsening tinnitus.
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