My weirdo body reacts really unusual to most to things, but I am beyond desparate at 56 yrs of age. I just increased the Prozac dose to 20mg, 3 days now, too soon to tell if it might help. However, I know there are so many awesome folks out there that might be willing to give me some feedback? I honestly do not want medication, but things are so bad, I've been sinking for years now and I'm afraid I'm close to not making it anymore, to say I am barely existing would be an overstatement. I don't feel well at all, and sort of think there is a medical issue being missed, but? I'd give anything to be free of pain med to see if it's the cause but can't afford to feel even worse at work especially the pain? Sidebar question: I can barely stay awake or function, even if a million dollars was offered it wouldn't perk me up... Can Depression cause this severity of sleepiness? God Bless each of you and thank you for any input you might have...
20 Aug 2012
Yes indeed it can. I know for me the last thing I want to do is further my inner feelings of futility by walking with no destination. However, you would be amazed at what one (or better two) 30 minute walks can do. Much of what makes life all the darker is a low metabolism. It causes us to drag an already low chassis along the pavement. It is probably the most counter-intuitive thing to imagine, but if feeling better is the object, it is again amazing how much better we can handle things if we just get the blood pumping a little better. If not walking, then throwing a ball against the wall for 30 minutes, anything. No, I am not a health/exercise freak, far from it. All the meds or money in the world cannot reproduce this. It works. Best to you, hope this helps. As for not making it anymore? If I can, you can.
20 Aug 2012
Hello buzzlesbees. Depression can most certainly make one feel exactly as you have described. In fact, some of the meds that we are given can do just the opposite of what they are supposed to. Yes, even after having been on the same one for a long period. I myself am a real weirdo when it comes to meds,and I mean anything from antibiotics that make me hallucinate, to antidepressants, which have caused curious, strange, and deadly reactions in my body and mind. No one ever told me, that alot of the symptoms of depression,anxiety,BPD,OCD,PTSD and the list goes on as far as my "afflictions", that exercise,and PROPER diet,could do a better job of addressing many of my disorders than any medication could. I found this out, quite by accident in 2010.
I had gained 65 lbs over a 4 year period,and decided to start exercising.Well, I tried to exercise, but within 5 minutes into an admitedly hardcore Jillian Micheals workout,my head would start hurting so bad that I could not do the exercise.At the time I was on 12 different meds,2 for pain, 2 for anxiety, the others for all the other mental disorders I mentioned above.After 13 years on these meds I was very curious to see how I might be without some of them. So over a period of 3 months I had my dr take me off all 8 that were for mental issues. I had to stay on the anxiety meds,and I still have scripts of pain pills(which suprisingly, I hardly ever need unless I quit exercising,strange but true) and a muscle relaxer.I realized that the exercise,eating well by doing things like eating breakfast everyday,drinking at least 64 oz of water a day,completly eliminating sugar and caffeine from my diet too,AND getting the right amount of sunlight,which everyone has their own personal amount that they NEED.By the end of 2010,at the age of 50, I had dropped the 65 lbs, was doing 90 minutes a day of interval/circuit training,and running at least 2 miles a day. I stopped exercising in January of this year, due to a knee injury,and I had started allowing sugar again and not eating right,and, guess what happened?? I went into a deep depression.I'm back to 30 minutes of exercise,eating right again,and getting my sun!!! And I'm feeling SOOO much better.I think that these aspects should be looked at more closely by dr's and those of us trying to get by,and learning how to cope with all of our issues.I believe that all these things definitely have a place in the debate over what is most helpful in dealing with certain mental issues.Just some of the very valuable tools that I have learned to use.It's hard at first cause you don't want to do ANYTHING.But, it gets much easier,and if you try it, your body will react well, even crave the exertion,and your mind will likely follow.
20 Aug 2012
I am actually going to comment on the two answers presented so far; exercise can work miracles. Start slow if you have to, but you will be amazed it what your body can do.
Once you get addicted you brain produces opiate like chemicals that can regulate mood, weight and many other things. The need for medication most likely won't go away, but it will change if you get regular exercise.
Strangely, you have nothing to loose and getting healthier can only do good. At the very least you will feel better about yourself.
As far as staying awake, etc. The exercise will do wonders for that. Give it a try.
20 Aug 2012
Hello buzzlessbee. No, I doubt it. You are 56 years and all else to date has failed. SSRI/SNRI/CYLIC/ etc. No increase of Prozac is going to change, turn things around. (based on your age and being drug resistant) The next aid, step, is that of a MAOI. MAOI's do have a very high rate of success. There is a down side, that of a diet. A person has to avoid tyramine, which can be found in what a person drinks as well as eats. It is a trade of sorts, you need to watch what you eat and drink and yes, you are feeling a entire world better. From sorrow, sadness to the opposite. Its a try if you feel up to it. Your doctor can fill in the blanks, your concerns, reservations. Regards, pledge
21 Aug 2012
I know this freaks a lot of people out, but I still think ECT is a real life saver for treatment resistant depression. First of all, it's completely painless. I knew who I was when I woke up and knew where I was, etc. The only memory loss are just trivial things like forgetting movies I've seen. I have 3 college degrees in Music, Psychology and Music Therapy and there have been absolutely no memory loss with that. It's not near as barbaric as people think. Maybe it depends on the facility, but the one I went to was awesome. They're used to fearful patients and bent over backwards to decrease any anxiety. Oh, I had 18 treatments last year. It helped tremendously and almost immediately. I also react weirdly to all medication, but there are a huge bunch of SSRI's out there to try if ECT is too scary. Which I totallty get by the way. Everyone pictures One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest! ;) Plz nobody get mad at me - just giving a personal experience.
13 Jul 2013
If you are still reading this thread: have you ever been diagnosed with celiac desease? It causes EXTREEME tiredness and exaberates depression. Especially because you are too tired to exercise. Please consider looking into this. Refraining from wheat has added 'life' to my otherwise bleak existence. The way you describe your life resonates with me.
7 Jun 2014
Ask your doctor if a small dose of lithium added to your antidepressant would help. Many unipolar patients that are on antidepressants with resistant depression respond well when lithium is added to your antidepressant. Im bipolar and am on a tricyclic antidepressant, imipramine and lithium. Great combination for me. Years ago, I was diagnosed as major depressive disorder. Later, I had a new doctor who finally diagnosed my properly. If your
SSRI antidepressant is working, ask your doctor to switch you to a tricyclic antidepressant.
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