6 months ago I gave it all up and was determined I'd be clean from all medicine and be a tough man. Yesterday I decided enough was enough, and I visited my doctor and laid my heart out to him. He has me on Lamictal, 25 mg twice daily for one month. I'm anxiously waiting for results. This is my first visit here, and just wanted everyone here to become my support group. I'm isolated. I live alone. I have a full time job but after work I do nothing but come home and drink beer and wait until time to go to bed where I lay all night, tossing and turning, crying out to God to help me. I've lost interest in everything and never go outside except to bring the paper and mail in, and I do that early in the morning while it's still dark. I put on an excellent front, I think, while I'm at work. I never go anywhere except work, and buy my dinner for the night during my lunch break. My home is in shambles, I never sweep, clothes are piled up, my shower has mildew and mold growing around in it, my dishes are still sitting from last year, chores are left undone, and I'm isolated from my family and friends. Nothing interests me anymore. I'm very unhappy. I know I need help... I've known it for some time, and now I'm hoping Lamictal is my answer after reading all the positive remarks about it. I guess I just need some support from all of you.
Hey there dsmith9947, welcome! I'm so glad you are reaching out! I too suffer from depression and know what you are going through. It's tough. For many people it takes a lot of trial and error to find a good fit. I really hope this one works for you! I don't know if you've ever had a thorough testing done, but it might not be a bad idea because you may have more going on here than severe depression. I too tried many antidepressants with no luck. They sent me in to have an evaluation done, and come to find out, there was more at play going on. With them knowing exactly what's in play here, they have been able to get me the meds I need, makes a world of difference. Please don't ever feel it's a need to "man up" thing. When things aren't working as they are supposed to in the brain, it's no fault of yours. Hang in there.
You made a good step talking about it and hopefully things will start to get better for you. Keep us informed on how you're doing, I'm rooting for you!! Take care, Trkey
I'm also glad you're reaching out. Is your doc a psychiatrist? I really feel like psychiatrists are the best for treating mental health. They have the research and experience to know what steps to take next if one treatment doesn't work. Some take two meds at once, like an add on med like ability, saphris, etc. There are online coupons for some meds. I really like saphris. Also try to get sun everyday. That really helps. Vitamin d helps me too. Wish you the best! also Deplin is supposed to be good.
Hi, dsmith! We'll be happy to give you all the support you need! We're not doctors and can't offer medical advice ~ we're just folks that have been/are/were/will be again where you are today. I understand your story all too well ~ can I tell you there was a time when I didn't even shower or change clothes for days at a time unless I absolutely had to go somewhere? My house was a disgusting shambles and that made me even more depressed although I didn't have the strength to do anything about it.
You've been on a few medications, but there are dozens of other options that may very well work for you. I was treated for over 30yrs before we found the combination that is working so excellently for me. I'm happy, functional, and productive, dsmith. There is hope.
I'm sorry if this is out of line but you may be self-medicating with the alcohol. I did for years. Dangerous, and alcohol is and of itself a depressant.
Feel free to post anytime and let us know your progress. Best wishes to you! WCV
dsmith9947; Welcome friend you are not alone remember that and it helps to have so many people to read what they are going through too. Hope this new medication helps but remember sometimes it takes the right combo. of medications to get you where you need to be This is a good start. And there is no such thing as asking stupid questions.So please you well find many supportive people here more than one opinion helps. Glad you got back into the doctor for round 2. remember to not push yourself nothing works overnight and this is a life long illness for most of us.One thing that really helps is to see there are alot of people just like you and you are not crazy etc.It can take time to get adjusted to the right therapy and medications.But lot of success stories We are glad to have you and try and support each other HAVE A GOOD DAY Chuck1957
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