... help so much but I've been going through some really hard events/situations this past year and I just can't seem to force myself to do anything. Found out that I have Alpha 1 Antitripsyn Defect, and the sudden death of a very close family member, and my precious only child is having problems that I can't fix no matter how much I want to, and I had to go take care of my mom when she had a hip replaced and deal with her drunk nutjob husband who actually chest butted me at one point as he was yelling in my face, I broke up with my bf because his kids were too much stress to add to my pile and I felt that was the only one of my problems that I could control, missed him and got back together with him, haven't been working as much this season because of mgmt changes at the security company where I work, and now it seems like any little thing just about tips me over the edge. sigh. I want so much to just live for today and be happy for every moment like I used to but all I want to do some days is lay in bed. Sorry for being a debbie downer, I guess maybe I just needed to get it out. Thanks :/ Oh and over the past 8 or so months I have tried prozac, welbutrin, and zoloft. They might as well have been sugar pills especially the zoloft it did nothing at all
Depression - Today has been really difficult. I'm so drained lately, and I know that exercise would?
- 15 Apr 2012 by Elizabethwilson
- 17 April 2012
- zoloft, depression, anxiety and stress, exercise
Added 15 Apr 2012:
I was on the prozac 20 mg for about 4 months and I still just wanted to lay around all day plus I was almost completely lacking in emotion.
I was on the Welbutrin 300mg about 2 months and got bad heart palipitations but felt no difference in my depression symptoms.
I was on the zoloft 50mg for almost 3 months and am just going off because it did nothing at all. I am having a small amount of brain shivers in the withdrawing from it but that's just about gone now.
I am thinking of going back on the prozac because at least then I didn't worry constantly and fret over my son all the time. I went to a friend's funeral while on the prozac and sat there thinking "wow I should be sad but I feel nothingl" I didn't shed a tear, just sat there. Anyway I am thinking that was preferable to how anxious and worried and despondent I feel now.
Added 15 Apr 2012:
I am going to make an appt at my Dr. and try something else, there has to be something that will make me want to live again. I was the kind of person who was outside every day hiking fishing rock collecting, doing something all the time and now I feel like doing nothing all the time. It's easy for people to say that exercise will make me feel better but i don't and can't get myself out of the house or bed except to go to work when I have to so how could I exercise. I want a pill to make this all better!
I want to encourage you to keep trying. Finding the right antidepressant is a trial and error sort of ordeal. You haven't tried several of the categories of antidepressant such as an SNRI like Cymbalta or Pristiq. I take Pristiq with Wellbutrin and Abilify which enhances the effects of the antidepressants. It has taken me years to find the right combo, but with some effort I have found what works for me. So hang in there and remember it takes upwards of a month for an antidepressant to reach maximum effectiveness so be patient.
Darling, R U getting counseling? U can talk to me anytime you want. Sometimes just talking to someone helps. It's hard to talk to family and friends in real time. This site has helped and is helping me through a hard time. Modern med had me take something that damaged my leg muscles and had me peeing blood-besides pain-My son is a disabled vet that I care for-last year my daughter called up my X-daughter-in-law, etc saying that I physically abuse my son-thank god she lives 300 miles away. Anyway, if you want to complain about a particular thing-have a dialogue about something that's too much, you can talk to me. I have a dear friend that has helped me by listening to me. Like the coonhound jumping an 8 ft fence, blah, blah-how I burnt dinner. This has helped center me-I'll click friend on your profile and you can send me private discussions-but you need to click on my profile 4 me to reply.
I'm trying to get into a routine myself-what type of workouts do you do? I promise myself to brush my hounds teeth, brush them, do stretches, and lie on the floor and sit in a chair so I can lift weights without messing up my ankles-but I find myself sitting here or staring at the TV or sleeping. Then I get mad about that. Do you have any free groups that you can go to in your area? Something like depressed anymious or whatever? My son went to AA-and pretended to be an alcoholic, just so he could talk to others without judgement after he was injured. of course we can talk here and everybody join in-which I think is great. You've been through a lot-and U R still going through a lot-U can guide your discussion any way you want here. Praying for you-
Hey Elizabeth, and I'm so sorry that you are having so many problems. Depression IS a Debbie Downer, no ifs and's or BUTT's (for your mother's boyfriend) about it! are you seeing a psychiatrist for this depression, or a regular doctor? It seems that this doctor is keeping you in all the same group of antidepressants, and there are several groups. Psychiatrists are more up on this than internists, and after you get stabilized, then you can go to your family physician for your refills. Good luck, and we are here for you!!
Welcome to the site. We are glad you are here. You sure are going through a tough time of it and I am so sorry to hear this. I went through a situation about 6 years ago myself that was pretty challenging. I had just left my husband which was very hard in itself. I just started a very good company job that paid really good money and was trying desperately to figure it out. I had a teenage son who I couldn't get to go to school and found out was doing drugs..ect.. My nerves was stretched to the limit. Then two weeks later I find out that I am pregnant and my teenage son trys to commit suicide at his father's house.They put him in a mental hospital. It felt like my heart had been ripped out of my heart. It hurt so bad... there are no words. I couldn't concentrate at work and lost my job. I couldn't take anything for the stress, due to being pregnant. Talk about not wanting to get out of bed. I felt like I was in a dark tunnel and there was no light. Here I was, seperated and pregnant, with no job, and my son had tried to commit suicide and was in a hospital and I was all alone broke and nowhere to turn. What was going to happen to me? But I had hope. I had a little bit of hope in me. Before I tell you what happened, I have to tell you that me and my husband both were alcoholics before I got pregnant. Well to make a long story short..my hubby found out I was pregnant and we got back together and agreed to quit drinking and haven't since then. My son got out of the hospital and quit doing the drugs and today he is in his 20,s and is doing great. We are a family again like never before. You just have to have a little bit of hope. Don't give up hope. When it seems you've tried everything... tell yourself..no I haven't. When I was going through that someone told me..this to shall pass. I was like..yeah right. Well it did. And I agree with Laurie. There are so many options. I myself take Pristiq too. It has helped me tremendously. I still have my bad days. I take something for my anxiety disorder. I have anxiety issues really bad. As a matter of fact, I made an appointment to speak with a counselour next month. It might do you some good too. To just get it all out and talk about things, so you can let it go. I shrugged at the idea of counseling at first, but I've done it before and going to do it again. My hubby doesn't want to listen to me. He's a wonderful husband, but he has no counselour like qualities. lol. I might as well be talking to the lamp. lol. And I have made some wonderful friends here on the site. Wonderful friends. That have helped me a lot. More than I can tell you. There are truly awesome caring people here who want to help and share and be here for you. I am here if you ever need to talk or need a friend. Because I do understand. I wish you nothing but peace and happiness and I hope you find something that will make you feel better. Hopefully it is just right around the corner. Best wishes to you though and good luck. I'm here if you need me. Ruth
It takes awhile for antidepressants to work. At least 4 to 6 weeks. Then it can take another while to find the right meds for your depression. You should keep a log of the meds you take and side effects they give you. Then you can tell the doctor about them. Maybe your have something else along with the depression. You need to be followed by a Psychiatrist mainly. He/she understands Psych meds and therapy too. It doesn't take overnight to find all this out. I had 4 depressions. 2 major ones where I was hospitlalized. The last one took 6 months in hospital. Finally they found Manerix and Lithium worked for me. I will be on meds the rest of my life now because I kept having recurent depressions. The depressions get deeper and stronger with each one. I finally happy and feel normal now, actually better than my normal and I can handle a lot more stress too. I just had thryroid cancer and had surgery and treatment. I do have a strong belief in God who helps me through all this too. I just said a prayer for you. Try to take one thing at a time and not focus on all the stress in your life. We can only tackle one thing at a time.
Hope this helps, from someone who understands!
Sorry bout all of your issues pilling up on you all at once, but it seems life is that way. Thing is, no one said life was fair and for some people, it really isn't. But it is said that God does not give usmore than we can handle... we deal as best we can. I'm not about to give you advice on yur life, but I cn give you information on psych meds since I've been on almost everything in 43 years of mental illness, bipolar, ocd, bordrline personality, ptsd... you name it.
I have tried all sorts of antidepressants and all have fallen short at some point or another... SSRI's, SNRI's, Tricyclics, Mood Stabilizers,,, the whole shebang!!
Just recently, on my last mental meltdown, my wonderful (NEW) shrink tried me on Lamictal. After 1 week, I was feeling better. I couldn't belive it, all of a sudden I stopped crying and my life became worthliving again.
I'm telling you this, knowing everyone is different, maybe this medication might be worth talking to your doc about. And I actually refused a new antidepressant, Viibryd, I did't wantit or need it.
Hope this little message will help you to take charge of your mental health and knowleddge is power.
Go forth and prosper,
The Sweet Hippie,
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