I have been dealing with depression pretty much my whole life. I never sought help for it until about a year ago (I'm 35 now). I got started on Prozac by my primary care, which seemed to help a bit. He suggested therapy as well which I did do. My doc tried me on Wellbutrin which made things worse, Zoloft which didn't seem to help at all. My therapist talked me into seeing their psychiatrist in their office which I did. The psych prescribed me Zoloft and Abilfy along with buspar for anxiety which didn't help at all. I liked the abilify which seemed to reallly help but it raised my blood sugar which was already high (pre diabetic). I didn't like how the psych was treating me so I went back to my PCP. He prescribed me Effexor which he said would help with my depression AND anxiety. Still seeing the therapist and not doing as well as I'd hoped, the doc started me on Lamicatal. Started low at 25mg and now I'm up to 100mg once daily. At first it seemed to work really well for probably a month or two I was happy. I ran out of my prescription for about a week and when I started taking it again I started going downhill. Lost motivation, started feeling down and depressed every day. The doctor increased my Effexor to 225mg once a day. I don't know if it's the increase in the Effexor or the missing the lamictal for a week, but it seems like I'm all messed up now. Can anyone provide me with any suggestions or personal experiences? Thanks
It is hard to do when you're feeling miserable, but patience is the best advice when your medications are not working out as well as you would like them to work out. What I have found is that prescribing psychotropic's is as much as an art as it is a science. Continue to work closely with your psychiatrist and things will eventually work out in the end.
Hi 40sigsaucer nice to meet you my name on here is Elaineneedshelp123.I chose that name because I too have been suffering with this terrible darkness of depression for most of my like as well .Probably since very young childhood sadly enough .But I just convinced myself that medication wouldn't help me nor would speaking to a therapist.Iy wasn't until about 3 years ago that I really hit rock bottom.I just fell so deeply into that dark pit and I was left with only two choices.My choices were to just give up on kluge completely which just wasn't an option because I have a daughter that needs me and I'm also Christian so I do believe in god and after life and I know that when he's ready to take me he will on his own thsts is not a choice that I could make and I actually firmly believe that through all of this depression and suffering he still has a big plan for me and I believe that plan might just be to help others and give them hope and faith and to let them ...
know that they are not alone ..I used to be ashamed or embarrassed to even tell people what was wrong with me or what I was feeling but now I say it constantly and I'm st the point that I don't. Care what others think of me anyway and most of the people you tell that you have depression to say how terrible they feel for you but they really don't understand!!If a person never experienced it they have not a clue of the Suffering that we go through .But I am here to let you know that not only are you far from alone in this horrible illness that we just woke up with one day but there is actually hope and help and trying your hardest to have some faith in god can really get you through a lot of those dark moments that your having in your life... I've had days that I r been so down that I just drop to my knees in desperation and I cry out to him and I remind him of all of the promises he gives to us in his bible of peace and joy and no suffering but I also know that he wants us to need him and talk to him and to have faith in him because this suffering here will not last forever
Having been in your shoes patience is the most important tool. If your depression gets severe you may need to be admitted for them to find a regimen that works for you. Also yoga, exercise, swimming coloring and writing are some things that helped with the ocd caused by depression, the anxiety, keep a journal and include things that happened and then things you did to try to help and these things can help you in the future. Just don't give up. Find someone to talk to. A support system is key.
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