How does a person recover from depression without the aid of medication?
- 30 Jul 2011 by jennifer_cooper789
- prozac, depression, medication
Three months ago I started a 3 hormone birth control pill that my local health department believes triggered my depression. I quit taking the pill after a month and have given it 2 months to get out of my system. However, the depression persists. The nurse practitioner prescribed me Prozac 20mg, but I have a strong fear of this drug and have not yet began taking it.
My fear is that my depression is chronic and I will only become immune to this drug. I worry that it's not the lowest amount of antidepressant to begin taking. Or maybe I should give my body more time to fix itself. I don't know what the safest and most reasonable approach is.
30 Jul 2011
I can empathize with your fears and concerns several years ago I was in a situation with a bout of depression I did not want to use the medication for the obvious reasons you give but I did give in and I can tell you that I am no longer on it, I also have a good friend who was on Prozac 20mg daily for a few weeks but things improved and she is no longer having to be on the medication, as Laurie suggested you might try this and after being on it withdraw (not all at once) but decrease it and see how you realy feel that of course is just a thought but just think about it and You won't be the first person to need to be on them and many people improve to the point until they no longer need the medication. whatever you do decide I do wish you only the very best
31 Jul 2011
Don't wait to long to start your meds. Sometimes it takes a few different meds before you find the right one for you. The longer you wait, the longer it will take you to get better. The depression can get deeper too. Take my advice I know I had 4 depressions. Take care.
15 Oct 2011
Hi Jennifer, & welcome to the site. First I'd like to know your age, & if you had signs of depression at all before takin birth control pills. If you did, was it relate in any way to having you period or ovulation? Some women just have these problems during these times, and it's not considered chrontic unless it every month. I see your question was posted July 30th & am so sorry just now getting to you. Actually didn't even check to see if anyone else answered ! It popped up this AM in my New questions box! Anyway I had a daughterinlaw that had persistant problems with anger & depression all around her period & ovulation times. They tried everything, but to no avail. I couldn't believe it ,but her doctor finally did a hysterectomy on her. She had given birth to 2 beautiful grandchildren for us , so was ok in our eyes. It did wonders for her, but that is an extreme case. She was a total Bitch.
excuse my language, but couldn't think of anything else & she was.I am not saying this is your answer . Oh gosh no, just saying your period & ovulation, can give you problems. That is why I asked the questions. Could you please get back to me on those & maybe we can figure this out together. There is a big difference between chrontic & acute depression. & different ways to treat it. If it's acute you can go on meds, but sometimes you have to just kick yourself in the butt, & pull yourself up by ypur bootstraps & say "world here I come"! If it is chrontic , you may need some low dose med to carry you through. Please mail me back or friend me & we can talk...
23 Aug 2012
Yoga and doing volunteer work- seeing people who have worse problems then yourself will make you realize how many "Blessings" you have. Join a church or club, be active, get a hobby you love- I paint and write in a journal; Get together with family schedule dinners. Go to a Comedy Club with a friend. I watch old I LOVE LUCY reruns and Seinfield. Laughter is medicine.
7 Oct 2011
July has come and gone and by now you have made your choice, hopefully you are happy with the choice and you are feeling much better. From reading some of your responses, I noticed that it seems that a lot did not realize you were looking for a way around medications. If you did decide to take Prozac and it worked that is great. It tends to be one that you can easily go off of and is really considered a mild anti-depressant. BUT if you are still struggling with taking any medication or you have not found one that is working for you, there is always some short term counseling that could help. If it is due to the hormone sway from the birth control, once that was out of your system, you should have soon started to notice you felt like yourself. And should keep that in mind when deciding on a different BC. And if this is just a short term issue, you can go to a counselor and just explain, you are looking for ways to handle the effects you are feeling.
You don't have to go into your entire life. Just work on the here and now. But stay focused. As I said, hopefully you are feeling better. Keep in mind that is the BC caused the depression, you are probably sensitive to more than just that one. And let your doctor always know before starting a new one that this did occur. You wouldn't want to go through it again if you don't have to. Right? Good luck with whatever you have chosen and hopefully for your sake, this is all a thing of the past.
24 Jan 2012
Exercise has been my natural aid. I have been on meds too. Looking back at my life, the times that I was depression free were when I was consistent in the gym. Work always helps too
28 Oct 2011
I have also suffered from depression and anxiety. I am currently taking 20mg Prozac as well. I have been on it for about 2months and it hasnt really helped me at all. I havent felt any kind of a difference or improvment. However my mom has been on prozac for about 2years and it works great for her. I think you should give it a try because everyone is different. Just keep your eyes open for side effects. I while ago I was taking zoloft and it just threw me deeper into my depression. No one knows you better then yourself. My advice is to try the meds and give them a chance. Worse case, you can stop taking them and talk to your doctor. I know it is frustrating, and can be kinda scary at times but Im here if you ever need anything. I wish you the best and you will be in my prayers!
27 Jun 2012
I as well suffer from depression... I cannot take an antidepressant. I take SAM-e, ·a natural over the counter supplement in the USA, a prescription in Europe, and also, AMINO ACID Therapy. If you research this, it will guide you and educate you on your need and level. My Dr fully supports this... Just make sure your Dr is well aware, if you are interested...
19 Mar 2012
Hi my name is Serena and I have been on Prozac for 3 months now and it works wonders it helps out with the depression a lot. You shouldn't be afraid of taking it because all it will do is help you! And I believe the birth control did not cause any of it. It takes about a month to get into your system but it helps after a few days you will slowly see changes. I'm serious it's a great medication, you should try it and if it doesn't work sit back and try to figure out why your depressed and help find ways to cope with it . (:
30 Oct 2011
I have bipolar and birth controls always made it worse! i got off all meds at one point and stuck to a healthy diet. no caffeine and not alot of sugar, no drugs or alochol and excercise and that was the happiest time in my life! cant wait to get back to that. Good luck!
17 Jan 2012
jennifer be happy when even times are hard ,and always think positive. Many people fail at things because the first thing they say "I can not do it". I have been to hell and back and chased the devil away. God loves you and so
does the peopl around you.
17 Nov 2011
I myself suffer from depression and anxiety I take clonazepam for the anxiety and have used Lexapro in the past to manage both. For myself I do not like antidepresents so I would also suggest the St. Jhons Wort I heard it does wonders :) However Cognative therapy is also a great way to manage depression. Good Luck!
19 Jan 2012
If the pill trigered your depression then that would be "situational depression," and it doesn't have to become chronic. Are there other things going on in your life that could be adding to your depression? It's important to know the cause in order to know the best approach to treat it. I uderstand your reluctance to start antidepressants. I always thought antidepressants, in the beginning, were intended to kind of give you a "jump start" to getting better. To help enable you to do other things to help get over depression. The ideal situation in using meds was to use them temporarily as an aide in treatment while you do talk therapy, have a good diet, do exercise, socialize with people because we are social beings. We are wired with a need to connect with other people. These are things you could do instead of medications and see how it goes. I always advocate learning as much as you can about your whatever your illness or problem and also learn as much as you can about your medications. Knowledge is power. Take care,
29 Dec 2011
I've gotten really involved with my church, and small groups. I'm no longer depressed. God is good.
21 Aug 2011
Mild but regular exercise may help you. I find even a 15-minute walk lifts my spirits. Let us know how it goes . . .
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