Anyone coming here seeking support, advice, or in desperation; I was in your shoes up until recently. Since February I had been alternating anxiety/depression. I couldn't function at all when the anxiety came, and had an actual ache with the depression. I felt like someone close to me died. I'd cry over anything. My doctor tried zoloft(increased my anxiety), klonopin, remeron, wellbutrin, vyvanse, lamictal, and cymbalta. The magic combination for me is 300mg Wellbutrin, 60mg cymbalta, and 60mg vyvanse. Depression and anxiety 90% gone, and each day it gets better. Just hang in there. There are medicines out there that can work for everyone. Now if only I could get rid of this insomnia lol!!
Haley, Thank you so much for sharing such a personal story with us. Depression knocks us around and everyone who comes here, newbies or veterans, needs to be reminded that there is always hope. I just realized that I called us veterans; we are all fighting a private war when you think about it.
Thanks again and best of luck with your insomnia! WildCat
Dear,haley4540, What a wonderful personal story to come out with and share. I too, suffered for years with major depression, anxiety, insomnia, ect.. I'm with you girl on how it feels when your depressed. You said something I haven't heard. And I felt this way. That there was an actual ache. Mine was so bad, I couldn't even have a relationship with my kids for a few years. I loved them and took care of them, but was mentally not there. Thank the Lord I found a combination that worked for me. Now I'm actually "Here" and have relationships with people. You said it girl, Don't Give Up, May you truly be blessed and feel some peace in your life. Ruthie
I just want to add an addendum to this, and I feel it is so important I will post as a separate comment.
I had been on cymbalta/wellbutrin in the past with success. I had to come off my meds for a sleep study and my depression went into a tailspin. My doctor put me on remeron. To be fair, I requested it at the time to help with my lack of appetite and insomnia. I asked to return to cymbalta, and he felt the remeron was a better choice for me. I didn't feel any better so increased the dosage and added lamictal. When that didn't work, he increased the dosage of both meds and added wellbutrin. I finally insisted he put me back on cymbalta and felt better within days. I discontinued the remeron, and thereafter the lamictal. People, listen to your body, if something isn't working do not be afraid to say so! Be your own advocate!
No, you can't give up! I tried 28 different psych meds in 25 years for my depression, mania, anxiety, PTSD and sleep disorder. 13 years of working with a trauma therapist has relieved all my symptoms save for 2 depressions caused by major medication changes. Rather than wait for my brain to decide when it might come out of it (which is the only way previous depressions lifted - meds were no help) I sought out treatment by Transcrainal Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). It uses MRI technology to aim for certain parts of the brain that need stimulation. Amazing! No, never give up because with how fast technology is progressing you never know what cure may be just around the corner! - ElizaJane
Yes the Cymbalta has been a life saver with me as well although the Wellbutrin it made me rage. I am unfamiliar w/ ur other medication. But as far as insomnia I take several meds for that. Trazadone is an antidepressant but has to be given in high doses to cover the antidepressant properties but works well in low doses to cause drowsiness but is best taken about 35-40 minutes before u want to be sleeping. Also antihistamines r given for sleep as well. Atarax (hydroxyzine) is given in preference to benadryl (diphendydramine) because over long periods of time it can contribute to osteospirosis in women. Atarax is also given for anxiety n withdrawals from narcotics so this is widely used n quite dependable. For sleep I currently I take 400mg of trazadone which is on the high side n 25mg of atarax along w/ 4mg of Navane in order for me to get any sleep. I take a total of 15 meds for all of my symptoms that interfere with my life.
I still don't always reach rem sleep which is essential for brain. But, it is a far cry from where I was. Best wishes for sleep deprivation just about did me in yrs ago. Be careful in letting the non sleep affect u. Ask ur dr if they would be willing to try u on the meds I mentioned. See if u would benefit.
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