... for over a year now. ive had several attemps on taking my life because my depression is so bad. ive been on prozac, citalapram and propanolol and none have worked really !! i cant sleep because of my anxiety. im currently on 30 mg of mitrazapine 40 mg of prpanolol and laranzapole for my stomache as i feel sick a lot due to my anxiety. i just feel that nothing is working and i cant go back to work until i find something that actually works, i find it hard enough going outside as it is. so if anyone could help it wouldbe great thank
I suffer from depression and anxiety too, and it really sucks. Know that you are not alone and that I am here for ya.
With regards to the anxiety side nothing worked for me but a long acting benzo like klonopin, Valium, Ativan, and the like. If you feel anxious to some degree all day then you definitely want to go this route. If you find that you get very anxious just some parts of the day you may want a shorter acting benzo like Xanax. Benzos can be addictive, but the risk is only moderate, and they really are the best at treating anxiety that won't respond to anything else.
For me the depression side of things was the hard part. I was put on nearly 10 different SSRIs and SNRIs until finally finding one that worked (citalopram). It is horrible having to basically experiment until you find what works for you, and the fact that you need at least a month straight of taking the medication to see if it works makes it even more frustrating. So keep trying and make sure to be open and honest with your Dr about how things are working for you. There are a ton of options to try so do not lose hope.
Are you seeing a psychiatrist? There are meds that might work better then mirtazapine for you, like Vibryd, Pristiq or Effexor. There is a med for anxiety that you take every day, its not a benzo, its called Buspar. Some people do well on it, and some dont. It seems your doc isn't being aggressive enough in your treatment.
You might benefit from a mood stabilizer such as Lamictal (lamotrigine), it has been a miracle drug for me. It will level you out. I take it in combination with the new antidepressant Viibryd, as well as Ativan and propranolol and am doing much better. Your propranolol dose is on the low side though. Hang in there, it does get better. . .
"I smiled at myself in the mirror this morning!" :-)
All I can say is hang in there. Things do get better. You have to tell your dr enough is enough. I suffer from depression myself and I actually switched dr because my first dr just wrote dif prescription day after day. Now i take adivan at night along with mirtaziphine. It's bad that today's dr only care about their pads and pens then us. Always remember your not alone. You have many friends even if we're just online
Keep smiling every day and always remember u are special
Hi, i also changed doctors as the one i was registered with was far from capable of treating my condition. He didn't even know what the medication i took was for!? Most of my medications were prescribed by a psychiatrist, and i would suggest that anyone with mental health conditions see a psychiatrist and work with them for long enough that your condition is under control. Do you see a psychiatrist? I think it would also help you to work with a counsellor or support worker to get your anxiety/panic attacks under control. I'm here if you want to talk
thanks for all your responses i really thought i was all alone in this. your all right about the doctor just giving you any old tablets and signing whatever on the pad, i do see a someone on the IAPTS team once a month but that does niot really help as it seems there just ticking boxes on a piece of paper. it just hurts me that it seems as they think your faking it and obviously your not, my family has a history of mental health anxiety panic attacks depression etc... but i never thought it would happen to me as i used to be such an out going person and now its just ate away from me and now im the lowest of the low. im going to go and see my gp tomorrow and ask about this mood stabilizer Vilbryd does it help you stop crying and getting upset etc... and something to help my anxiety through the day benzo/buspar etc... what would be the best combanation ? would these help me sleep through the night ? is 40 mg of propanolol too low because my heart beats ten to a dozen all day !!!
cheers all and thank you
having a bad day today feel all teary eyed and a little low no sleep again last night, heartbeat is going ten to a dozen again just one of those days. cant see my doctor till tues (bank holiday) which is crap !!! thanks for your message macintosh12 really helps im going to ask my doctor to try me on a mood stabilizer and buspar or try that new anti depressent i need to try something cause what im on is not helping at all i was on the bus yesterday and had to get off cause of my anxiety and get a taxi back home cause i was gettin close to a panic attack i just wish it would all go away!!! plus i have some big troubles in my life at the mo which i cant really handle, i just want to move and have a fresh start in a new town!!! oh well rant over lol how is everyone felling today !!!
prepare to fail, fail to prepare !!!
I've tried the relocating thing to the extent that I moved to a completely different part of the country and the only problem was that I was there so the problems were still there (okay so its me not the city lol). I know what you mean though.
I have a different doctor now (yes I moved lol) and we tried another antidepressant and once again it caused more problems then it solved. This guys smart though, he is sending me to a phyciatrist since I always react badly to those types of drugs (one of those cases where what they are supposed to cure gets worse).
He thinks I need to talk to someone who will be able to help me figure out what is happening and causing the problems instead of trying to treat the symptoms. a chemical imbalance can cause alot of physical problems so I'm more than happy to go.
You should give it a try and we can compare notes after.
Take care of you.
Hello All, I have bipolar 1 disorder, severe anxiety, psuedo seizures, major depression, and not many have been on the regamine of medicine I'm on I take cymbalta 90mg 1time daily, 50mg doxepin 3 times daily, topamax 100mg 2 times daily, Seroquel 100mg bedtime, prazosin 1mg bedtime, Xanax 1mg 3 times daily, B-12 5000mcg sublingual, B-6 100mcg, Folic Acid 800mcg. Believe it or not the cymbalta works well with topamax. And yes they are mood stabilizers. It took me a long time to be stable and well it took me almost dying October 2012, to get stable since 1995. And now I'm like WOW THERE'S A WORLD OUT THERE. Hang in there. It can get better. For the first time my family is proud of me and I just turned 45, on 3-28. So my prayers are with each and everyone of yall and I still struggle some, but it's not as bad. Hope my information helps in some way.
been the doctors today and and had a good chat and im trying venafaxine 75mg and upped my dose of propanolol to 60 mg he is biased about putting me on buspar etc and wants to try this 1st. feeling pretty good today got a smile on me face!!!
how is everyone ?
postman pat xxxxxx
Hello. Been reading about your situation and the words from others here.
I would like you to consider, though it might be just a suggestion, that perhaps a part of your anxiety is physical. You got me with the fainting at times.
My husband deals with life long anxiety. He recently ended up in the hospital for the first time because of an ulcer. Because of a large blood loss their routine ECG showed a-fib. Turns out he has always had this and thought it was part of life. Indeed, it will make him faint when over stressed. He feels a deep pounding of irregular rhythm in his chest when this happens. Thank goodness the doctors have treated it and he is dong much better.
My thought then, is that if you have not had an ECG (electrol cardiogram) when having the panic attacks, you may be missing a real condition that makes the anxiety very frightening. Best part is it is treatable and life starts making better sense. For him to know it is not all in his head, was very freeing. I wish you wellness and a chance to change your life for the better. Please let us know if this is true for you. By the way, it runs in families... Karen
Hi, I totally understand where you are coming from, I have had the exact same issue(s) for over twenty years. I have also had some of the best and worst doctors out there... I understand the "passing out" as the attacks are so bad I have passed out many times.. Fortunately after every med they had failed, I was put on a benzo. It was the only thing that worked. I was suffering so bad I would not even leave my house, for fear of having an attack. I have been through every test, med, doctor there is.. They main problem I see, in your case, is that you have tried to take your life, doctors may be reluctant to give you a benzo, as they are controlled and you can overdose with them. I really hope you are able to beat this as I did, yes with the help of medication, but there really is hope.. If you have any questions feel free.. I have a lot of experience in this area.. Best Wishes!
postman pat, First, let me say that you sure are having your share of hard and difficult problems. I read you say something about not being able to do or enjoy things you loved to do. Boy, let me tell ya, I feel you on that note. Before I was bombarded with my medical conditions, I was very physical and went through a great depression, when I couldn't do those things any longer. I found it interesting too, what endlessred (Karen) had to say about the passing out. I've had, what I considered Lol, the worse panick attack a person can have, but, I've never passed out before. There was some very good advise there. And some of this may be contributed to the different medicines you've taken, and how they've affected you. I was soo glad to hear you did go tho the Dr. and felt a bit better. I read you say something about going through a very bad personal issue in your life right now.
I, too went through one a few months back now, and I'll admit, I was put on so many different things, and thought I was doing OK through the process, but I was as messed up as a spaghetti sandwich. Lol. I even lost some friends due to it. And I didn't see anything wrong with me. but there was. I'm very thankful to the Lord, that I completely changed Dr.s, went through some therapy, realized just how I had been acting, and discontinued a few medications. I feel like a new person now. I just want to encourage you, to take in all the suggestions, opinions, responses, everything from this site. It truly is filled with beautiful people that just want to help. And they've been through some of the hardest things imaginable, and still have room in their hearts to help out other hurting souls. Please, remember a bit of faith in the one above will help you out a lot too. You can find some healing there too, my friend. May your travels start to become good ones, and I'll remember you, and hold you up in my prayers, that you may, and will overcome the personal obstacles your facing too. Take care, friend, serenity seeking31
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