I have major depression, have had my whole life, i've been medicated for the last 20 years or so. I'm on effexor (150Mg) wellbutrin (150Mg) and abilify (10Mg) added abilify about 2 months ago I've always been functional except for the last 6 months, I see my doc Monday and would like to suggest something but what in everyones' opinion should I try? In so blue, no ambition i can't even like my job of 13 years and want to quit help!
I understand depression and how you are feeling, it's the pits. No one knows medications like your doctor. We can tell you what works for us but since we are all different it might not work for you. I know when I am depressed or anxious it helps to divert my mind from this awful place. Try to walk, exercise, read, music - just try to keep busy. The job is a good thing! Gives us purpose. My prayers are with you. Kitty
I could discuss meds for depression on and on. I have been up and down for the most part of my life, therefore I feel your pain. A pharmacist is your best source of information as far as drugs and what drugs work well together but unfortunately for all of us who have this issue, our body chemistry is different, what works for me, may not work for you. Finding something to do to keep your mind occupied is very helpful. I have discovered that reading my Bible faithfully, everyday twice a day has been a source of strength. I started with a Psalm a day and expanded to where I am today. It took a lot of discipline but the more I read the stronger I became and the more God helped me. I will keep you in my prayers.
I heard not so great things about abilify. In the short term it is a great add on,but if you take this long term it could have some permanet side effects that do not go away. I,myself cannot tolerate any of the SSRI drugs so if effexor works for you great. Your doseage of 150mg of Welbutrin(buproprion) is pretty low, you might want to bump that up to 300mg eventually,that is generally the therapeutic level. Welbutrin is in a class all its own and is generally pretty safe.
My major depression started at 10 years-old. I know why and it is a long uninteresting story, now. I have had it for 50 years. I have been on just about every med possible, but the breakthrough for me was more than just meds.
After my last major episode over two years ago (the whole wanting to die, trying to do it multiple times, pit of hell, you name it, not going to go into it now, thing) I got a new psychiatrist who, as soon as he had me stable enough to not die, insisted that I get therapy. I don't mean just insisted either; I would have been dropped as a patient, if I did not go. He was serious. Well, after more than two years, of therapy I feel better than I have ever felt. I can't say the same for everyone else in my life, but that is another story, too. I also can't say that I will never get another onset of major depression, but it does not feel like it. I have never felt this way before.
Now I know why the years of drugs alone didn't work. If you don't find a way to deal with the underlying issues, all the drugs in the world won't help. All they will do is keep you from dying, and that is no way to live.
So, I recommend that you talk to your psychiatrist about both your meds and what you can do to change YOU, so you don't have to be like this anymore. They usually work with a number of therapists and can make good recommendations. I don't promise you an easy road and I don't promise you will be the same afterwards. Heck, I don't even promise you that it will work. I do promise you that if you don't try, you will keep trying meds forever, and your brain will keep finding a way around them, while your mind stays broken. The brain/mind thing is truly complicated and you need a good team to fix it, or at least to put a bandage on it.
As always with things I say, your milage will vary.
The things that Papa Sam and Ron have said make a lot of sense to me. I don't suffer from depression, but I do suffer from anxiety. My anxiety is over a case of chronic hives that I've had for four years now. They drive me absolutely crazy, and I'm having a really bad attack this past week or two. Today, on my own I upped my prednisone dose from 10 mg to 40 mg, so far...
I just wanted to offer you encouragement, and I do agree that someone else cannot tell you what's going to work for you because everybody is different. I truly agree with what Ron said because I have been through therapy myself. I believe that everyone could benefit from therapy.
If the first therapist you see is not a good fit, find a different one. I wish there was more I could say to help you out, Karen!
Good luck with this, and I will keep you in my prayers!
I just wanted you to know that you are not alone. There are many of us who are in various stages of serious depression. As to what Ronman said about therapy, im living proof that it works in great ways. I lost my only child during her sleep. The meds I take, Zoloft, along with therapy have been a saving grace. It might work fine for some and not at all for you. I hope you can find peace somehow. My best wishes to you and I hope you find a way.
My dear, your pain has brought out many old favorite friends to rally round and support you. As I extended my love and sympathy to our dear Tee in the sudden loss of her daughter, I likewise extend my sympathy to you in the loss of your Mom. Of course that event could have altered the chemicals in your brain, and put you in a place where it's harder to recover.
Yes, see a therapist and get some support for yourself. I suspect you'll really appreciate it and I'd do it soon. As for meds, I'm sticking with my Viibryd. It's made all the difference for me. I hope you're soon feeling better. Please keep us posted.
Love from Frenchie
I feel so bad for you. I know the feelings you are going thru and they are awful. I take 100mg of Zoloft and 150mg of Wellbutrin. I think they are working ok. Some days, I wonder. I do have my appetite back. I got so depressed I could not eat. Something is not working for you and I hope your doctor can help you out and find the right combination of meds for you. Pls let me know how you are doing. Sorry I took so long to respond to your question. I haven't been on this site in awhile.
Different medicine for different people- I think you have to go with your doctor on this one. but, Do you know if your doctor does genetic testing? It's pretty new- but it's amazing. I just had it done a few weeks ago- insurance covered it. It gives a map of what drugs are most likely and least likely to work for you. It shows how well your body metabolizes medicine so the doctor has a better idea of what dosage you should be on... it's amazing. There's also a new thing out called TMS. It uses magnets to stimulate your brain- fix depression. It's not invasive and you're awake the whole time, doesn't hurt. I'm planning on trying it if my newest depression medicine doesn't work.
Well I had a major depression in 2007. Was hospitalized for 6 months before the docs found what worked for me. I am on Manerix (antidepressant) and Lithium (mood) It works great for me. I have my life back and never had a depression since then.
Good luck and take care,
Hopefully you will find what works for you!
Hi, sorry to hear you are feeling so low at the moment. Are you engaging in any therapy, or is this available when you are feeling this way? Or just have a close friend or relative? Talking is important & can lift your mood, it can prevent you from closing in on life. Your doctor/psychiatrist may suggest dose adjustments or a new combination of medications. I am also taking a combination of med's for depression, anxiety and BPD. I have adjustments made every now and then if i am struggling. What type of job do you have?
Everyone gave you a lot of good advice, sounds like you have a lot on your plate with your job and helping your momma which is a wonderful thing but none the less all this can overwhelm you and tire you out..r u sleeping good? Maybe you do need a dose adjustment, I don't no I am not a doc, but I will tell him all you r telling us..sometimes the meds make you feel tired and strung out as well I no I use to be on meds can't remember which one's now that would make me feel numb and not feel like doing anything... as far as the counseling I don't no if you have one..I do... and trust me it helps very much for you to talk to someone and vent..you can do that here to, but there is only so much you can say on here..in therapy, you can let it all out and it is like a weight is lifted off of you..if you don't have one please consider it as I think it would be a great help to emotional and psyically... good luck and keep us updated..I will say a prayer that God puts you in a better state of mind... your friend
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