I was recently diagnosed with very severe post partum depress. I am a single mom of three 95, 1, and 4 months) and work in customer service with is more stressful than the children! I have my children all of the time they do not do visitations. I was diagnosed PPD and anxiety shortly after having my third child. I have no history of mental disorders of any kind. The put me on Zoloft to try first. This sent my anxiety through the roof. Full blown panic attacks. They then switched me to Effexor. The medication took a while to process (by a while i mean THREE WEEKS) during which time i was not given any sort of medication. I was unfortunate enough to get pulled over and caught with the amount of .001 marijuana which was the remnants of the small amount that i had smoked during an attack at work earlier that day. I am now facing charges and hoping my doctor will help explain the situation. Anywho, the effexor was NOT okay. I felt very very odd and googled my symptoms. without a doubt it was serotonin syndrome. I continued to take it as directed until the effects lessened. a few weeks later i still experience enough impairment that i can not work with the shop equipment my job entails and i feel like i am not interactive enough with my children since i started taking it. Also it does not take the depression away, it just makes me less sensitive. However once all of it builds up I have severe bouts of depression and anxiety where i will sob uncontrollably, hyperventilate, have panic attacks the whole nine. It greatly increases the level of depression during the random and few days it all comes up. I am scared to inform my doctor because it seems as though everything i try makes me a crazy person. =/
Have you been on the Effexor 4-6 weeks? That's how long it can take to work. You are not crazy, so relax about that. PPD is a well known diagnosis, not make believe. It DOES end.
If you've finished 6 weeks of the medicine with these symptoms, you need to call your Dr's. office and make an app't. asap to try something different. I hope your Doc is a psychiatrist. The Doc needs to know what symptoms you're experiencing in order to determine the type of drug that will help you. You may need a chemically different drug in a slightly different category. I'm not confidant a GP or Internist would have this knowledge.
You're giving up on the meds too fast. Your dr should have given you something like klonopin while you started on the zoloft, not switched your pill. If you keep switching you'll never find one that works right. Your symptoms you describe at the end are pure anxiety, I don't see any depression in that. Depression is all there all the time waxing and waning. What symptoms did you have with the effexor?
Do not think you are a crazy person! Effexor is a very strong medication - but I don't necessarily mean that therefore it works for everyone. I had postpartum depression when I had my one child many years ago. I understand how difficult it is to not feel what it seems like all the other mothers are feeling for their child. It is a lonely scary place. A guilt-ridden place. But you Do love them! And you Do take care of them! You should definitely speak out to your doctor about the medication not working for you. Many years after my daughter was born I experienced a traumatic event, and became treatment resistant to all anti-depressants. It has been 13 years that I have needed to Insist that one drug or another was not helping - they were making me feel worse. You know your body and mind better than anyone else. Don't be afraid to speak out, it is the only way you can get relief. I wish you well - please feel better soon :)
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