sometimes it lasts for days an at other times it can last for weeks... i take lexapro for depression... so i dont no why this feeling comes on... i feel so empty an sad ... i cant stand the feeling ... the dr said 20 mg is high enough to write ..thats the limit.but i still feel so depressed... any answers will be so much appreciated... thank you
Hun it sounds to me like it just not working for you and i think you should talk to your doctor about this problem and think about giving something else a try.. i had gone threw 2 or 3 diff meds for depression.. I am not normaly a depressed guy but at time i do get kinda sad and depressed at times but i think my depression is because of my pain meds and when im withdrawling, oh boy look out, i get way depressed and sooo sad that i will cry over a tv commerical. im man enough to admit it.. but not every med works for everyone and we need to find the right one that works. Do you mind if i ask why your depressed? if you dont want to talk about it then i totaly understand, i am not trying to pry or play doctor but sometimes it helps alot to talk about it to an outsider..
I pray that things get better for you and i know they will if you get to the sourse of it and the right kind of med that makes you feel better.. My sister had went threw 4 diff anti depression meds before she found the right one that made her feel good and now shes a happy girl, dont get me wrong she still has hre days but i think most of do if were going to be honest.. God Bless my friend... much love and support lgotv. Mickey from chicago..
Yes, of course many here and not here experience overwhelming periods of depression. I've had months and years of it but thankfully I'm at a safe and calm level right now and have been for several years. Such relief. Available to all but of course it isn't easy and we must be strong until we find that relief and keep our hope alive.
The write ups on Lexapro clearly state that the adult dose is 10 mgs once a day. They also say there have been trials which show that increasing to 20 mgs shows no significant improvement and thus the 10 mg dose is the recommended level. Google to see.
The feelings are indeed terrible to horrific as it's the thoughts that drive us to the very edge.
Have you had any therapy as yet? And if so, any good? If you're in deep depression it's unlikely therapy will help so it is a matter of trial and error with meds until you and the doc find one that helps raise your mood. At which time therapy is useful, particularly Cognitive Behavior Therapy. This can also be done as a self help technique as the theory is easily understood. The practice though is difficult if deeply depressed.
I've been right to the bottom and so have many others here and people do improve every day somewhere. Your turn will come. I didn't think I'd ever feel again but I do and am now content although not fully recovered. I don't have long periods of it anymore. More like a bad hour or two. Any longer and I take a tablet and go to sleep, always waking up better.
But getting to this level took more work, agony and pain than I ever imagined. Don't give up an keep looking for the right med. As the other poster said Lexapro sounds like a non starter so talk to your doc and make a switch in agreement with him or her.
Remember this moment in time and maybe even write it down and keep a running record of how you are. Some people do it daily but every month should tell you and your doc has such records and could tell you if you asked.
Hello Igotv. Lexapro, is not often the most popular choice to help ease depression. Its prescribed more often than not as an anti-axiety medication. And its not working for you as an antidepressant. I'd suggest a drug which might work better for you, is Remeron, generic Mirtazapine. Either way, theres no need to continue feeling as badly as you are, so talk to your doctor, tell her/him whats happening and hopefully get a change of medication, and you'll begin to feel more like your old self. Best of wishes,
Hi igotv, do you think your depression could have something to do with your back pain.? I know when mine is really stirred up & interrups my entire life, I also get pretty down. Was just wondering if you notice a correlation(sp) between the two. A lot of people that have chrontic pain also suffer to some degree from depression. Is it a full time thing with you or just when your pain seems to be at it's worse? Just curious...
lgotv, i suffer from ptsd, depression, anxiety/panic and im on prozac 40mg, i know how frustrating the rollercoaster ride can be. journaling and coloring helps me alot. i also listen to soothing music, i go to therapy also. im also on a half mg of xanax to take for when things get bad, but it makes me very tired the next day so as much as possible i try to do with out. ask your dr if he will try you on a different antidepressant. let him/her know what your on is just not doing it. your not alone, but i tell you this, if you do some of the things i do, it will reduce alot of it. atleast by 60%. keep comming back to the dc site, this is now my family who i look forward to keeping in touch with daily. your at the rite place. keep your head up, it will get better in time. take care
I have suffered from "Clinical" Depression for Years.This type of depression is different than "Situational" Depression.From what My Dr.Told me the clinical Kind can appear in usually 10 yr.Cycles & These cycles can last from days to years.In other words say you have a bout of depression for 2 months then feel Great for 20 days,then depressed again for 6 mos.This "Cycle" of on again off again can last for up to 10 yrs.You may feel fine for long periods of time when you are in an "Off" cycle.So the first thing to do is figure out if it is Clinical or situational.The treatments are Usually different depending on what type you suffer from.Talk with your Dr & get evaluated to see what type it is then go from there.
Hi lgotv, you are not alone. I am currently going through my period. It came out of nowhere and it sucks that you have no reason to be depressed and you are but the good news is that there is help out there. I am also on 20mg of lexapro and it worked great for my anxiety but nothing for my depression. my dr added seroquel 50mg but i feel drained and have constant anxiety. I feel that my outlook has changed but im sleepy ALL THE TIME!! Im thinking about telling her to switch me to something else. Paxil? maybe? IDK.
Talk to your Dr. if lexapro is not working you should definealty try something else. keep us posted
I've suffered with depression off and on throughout my adult life. When the season seemed to suddenly change from summer, with sunshine and sounds of activity outside to no sunshine, total silence in the morning and living alone, I became very depressed. It's important to know why you are feeling depressed because there may be some things you can do to help yourself along with taking medication. Hope you feel better soon.
Hi lgotv - my depression has pretty much resolved, but I've learned to watch for the change in seasons. No matter how well I can be doing, with winter approaching and nighttime coming earlier in the day I have to make sure I get enough sunlight. I have a light box that I use on cloudy days. It gives off some really intense light, so you put it towards your side vision (you don't want to look straight on) and I eat my breakfast, etc for about 30 min each day. I've gotten into the habit of doing this and find it can help a lot. Nowadays I'm feeling good, but still use it just in case. I know I hate being in a depression so anything to prevent one sounds good to me and this is easy to do. You can google "light boxes for seasonal affective disorder" to find one. Best wishes -
Hey Igotv... I too have fought the "battle" of depression my entire life only to be diagnosed with ADHD, Bipolar disorder & Depression at age 47! I was suffering with depression LONG before I messed up my back to the point I can't stand or sit for any length of time. So your back might not keep you smiling but it's probably more than your back pain, ya think? My hubby is in the medical profession and he has (through his colleagues) helped me go through one anti-p after another trying to find the one that worked for me. Then you still have to "play with the dosage" til you find the right one too. So it may take a little more time than you hoped. But just keep telling yourself to hold on... you'll find it. The best "coupled" rx's that worked for me were Wellbutrin XL along with Seroquel.
(and I may have misspelled it) The WellbutrinXL was the first thing we found that finally helped, and faster than any others as well. The Seroquel was the perfect addition to get me through the end of my day AND help me sleep! I have insomnia so that was big! That's not to say they'll work forever... after a few yrs I have to "switch it up" because my body adapts to the med's and quit working. It was then I was given Abilify as an "addition". It helped as well. Unfortunately, as we who suffer with depression know, just like weight loss, there's no magic pill we can turn to. But you do have lots of anti-p's to try til you find the one for you. Hang in there, and talk your doctor, ask him about all the choices out there. Hope your feeling better really soon (^_^)
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