Family pushing antidepressants...why won't I agree?? - page 2

My family is pushing me to take an antidepressant that was prescribed for me some weeks ago. There is no denying I suffer from depression and anxiety and everything those illnesses bring...a lot has... Read More

  1. Visit  mazy profile page
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    Sometimes no matter how awful the familiar is, it is more comfortable than and preferable to the unknown.

    I hope you can find some peace with this. Chronic depression can do such a number on a person that they lose the ability to step back and think clearly about things. And I'm saying this as someone who suffered from terrible depression in the past.

    I've long since moved on, thankfully, and medication did play a role in that.

    Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith, suspend your fears for a while, and allow yourself to embrace the unknown. It sounds like you have a strong support system, I don't think that they will let you fall.

    I hope you can find your way out of this dark time in your life. There is a lot of wonder to see in the world once that dark cloud has lifted.
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  3. Visit  LeninSvetlanaMyedvy profile page
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    If you're not ready to try antidepressants, consider dietary changes (a la "Food Matters" movie, or others) and perhaps going to see a reiki practitioner. These other modalities may take you to the point where you will give yourself permission to take the meds. Don't knock 'em til you've tried 'em.
  4. Visit  Merlyn profile page
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    Quote from Lucky724
    My family is pushing me to take an antidepressant that was prescribed for me some weeks ago. There is no denying I suffer from depression and anxiety and everything those illnesses bring...a lot has happened in my life, a lot of loss, over the past 10 yrs..I know, everyone has problems/losses etc...so I know it's not just me that has troubles...I have been suffering for a long, long time and there is no denying the depression and anxiety are getting worse, almost daily and absolutely impacting every aspect of my life...I rarely leave home now unless absolutely necessary, don't go anywhere for fun, haven't seen my family in 3 yrs because I'm afraid to leave home..sleep too much or not enough..cry..rage..you name it...I have a fabulous job offer that is to start ina few weeks, it's an answer to many prayer for stablility for us and yet, I'm not really excited and all I can do is think about what can go wrong...this is not normal and I know it..so...why don't I take the meds? To be honest, I'm not 100% sure..even when those around me, including the doctors ask me why...I keep thinking there is another answer or way to handle the depression/anxiety - I've tried praying, exercise, journaling, therapy, eating, not eating, supplements, you name it..this is NOT "the blues" or a few days of feeling "off" - I've had the physical and lab tests..no problems with defienciences.. 2 different doctors (one a psycharist) and a therapist have all said I need medication to help me lift out of the "major depressive disorder" or it' going to get worse..my thoughts will turn more negative (true!). I know people who have been on medications or are on them now and overall them seem to help them..then I read about medications not working, causing more side effects than anything (hair loss, fatigue, etc) else...etc...etc...I am NOT seeking medical advice...just trying to understand why, as a healthcare professional, I know medications can help but also why, as a person, I am extremely resistant to starting on meds. I genuinely don't know why..I try to keep to myself and my struggles to myself so it's not an attention seeking thing...the meds are pricey - $60/mon. out of pocket for me but we can afford it so it's not that. What is wrong with me that I can't - I don't know - give myself permission to feel better? I've made mistakes in life, some I can't undo, but I have years left ahead of me if life goes as it usually does and I can NOT imagine another year, another month actually of living like this..and yet, I resist the very thing that can offer me some hope for any semblance of future and decent life.
    I've been where you are, oh,Yes their are a lot of us around. I will not go into specifics but with me it got so bad that if I committed suicide or put on a new pair of socks it was all the same. I felt that I was ten feet underwater and the rest of the world was above me. Nothing in life phase me. People would die people would live So? Take the bloody meds. What in the name of heaven are you afraid of. You are ready to end it all anyway. All medications have side effects. You can't go on thinking "There was one person in Ohio that took this med and grew another foot. Taking meds is not a show of weakness, it's a sign that you know that you have a problem and your dealing with it. You can either take a couple of pills a day or a whole bottle all at once. If you don't want to think of yourself think of the countless people that may died because you won't be there to help them. There is a way out of that long, black tunnel that you are in. Take it now, Kid.
  5. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    Give them a try. If they don't work out for you, then stop as advised (taper if required). Have a family member observe when you start, for any severe side effect, just in case. If you try and not a good idea, at least you tried. Best wishes.
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  6. Visit  Lucky724 profile page
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    I want to thank everyone for replying and let you know..that after reading the posts, thinking about my family and their concerns...I took a hard look at what this depression/anxiety was doing to my life and how it was effecting those around me - not just family but over the past year coworkers, job hopping, the finanical stress from working-not working... Depression is not the same as "the blues" - this is a different monster altogether..Making the decision to go on medication is not one I took lightly - my family and doctor have been trying to get me to take medication for a little over a year...I have exhausted all other options and I started one medication last week and another was added a few days ago. The side effects are not too bad, the medications are SNRI's and I figure the side effects are far less damaging then the side effects of the depression and anxiety. I have, for now, made the decision to remain out of the hospital setting as far as work. There are some positives to the hospital and I'm not saying I won't go back but for now I have been offered a position at a wellness clinic - it will be stable, pay well and though it's a 5/day/wk position I think not having so much time on my hands will also be a plus. I won't have to get up way early or get home way late. I will start in a few weeks and that will give the medication time - I hope - to calm some of the anxiety and lift some of the depression. I don't know how long I will need to be on medication - maybe a year, maybe a few years, maybe a lifetime, but right now, it's one day at a time.
    Please know, I am not being "dramatic" when I write this - but truly, each of you who responded made a difference for me - helped me see things differently and I am grateful. Thank you.
    Merlyn, Sarah G, tiredbeatupRN, and 2 others like this.
  7. Visit  mustlovepoodles profile page
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    Quote from Lucky724
    I want to thank everyone for replying and let you know..that after reading the posts, thinking about my family and their concerns...I took a hard look at what this depression/anxiety was doing to my life and how it was effecting those around me - not just family but over the past year coworkers, job hopping, the finanical stress from working-not working... Depression is not the same as "the blues" - this is a different monster altogether..Making the decision to go on medication is not one I took lightly - my family and doctor have been trying to get me to take medication for a little over a year...I have exhausted all other options and I started one medication last week and another was added a few days ago. The side effects are not too bad, the medications are SNRI's and I figure the side effects are far less damaging then the side effects of the depression and anxiety. I have, for now, made the decision to remain out of the hospital setting as far as work. There are some positives to the hospital and I'm not saying I won't go back but for now I have been offered a position at a wellness clinic - it will be stable, pay well and though it's a 5/day/wk position I think not having so much time on my hands will also be a plus. I won't have to get up way early or get home way late. I will start in a few weeks and that will give the medication time - I hope - to calm some of the anxiety and lift some of the depression. I don't know how long I will need to be on medication - maybe a year, maybe a few years, maybe a lifetime, but right now, it's one day at a time.
    Please know, I am not being "dramatic" when I write this - but truly, each of you who responded made a difference for me - helped me see things differently and I am grateful. Thank you.
    I'm really glad you're going to give meds a try. You're right--side effects from depression can be far greater than the side effects of the meds. It sounds like you have a good plan. I think getting out of the pressure cooker of the hospital setting will be a good thing. I know it makes a huge difference in my stability. And having the structure of the job will probably help you feel more stable, too. I find that keeping to a schedule is a very good thing for me. And once I became med-compliant I have felt sooooo much better. I was worried that it would make me feel dull and lifeless, but it has been the opposite. Now that I am no longer dull and lifeless due to depression, I have actually found joy is some new hobbies. I am actuallly *more* creative now on meds than I have been in the last 15 years!

    Let us know how you are doing.
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  8. Visit  BluegrassRN profile page
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    Good for you, OP.

    I took antidepressants for a very short time, during a time when I was just struggling, no apparent reason. I resisted and then bowed to peer pressure. I told myself that I wasn't going to take them forever, but that I was going to use them short-term, to give me the strength to develop other coping strategies. For me, I didn't want to be dependent on an expensive med with unpleasant side effect forever.

    That actually worked for me. I made myself a check list of what I felt a healthy, happy person would do daily. Stupid little things like take a vitamin, exercise for 30 minutes, eat one piece of fruit, eat two servings of veggies, do one load of laundry, clean one room of the house, walk the dog every day, etc. Basically all the things I felt like I should do, but was unmotivated to to. Also, obviously, the list included several activities that have been shown to decrease depression.

    After about three months, I was completing the list nearly every day, and so I tapered off the antidepressants. I honestly don't know if the antidepressants helped or if it was a placebo effect: I don't care. I developed some healthy habits that, years later, continue to benefit me. Whenever I feel that fog starting to descend, I make my list again, and after a few days, I'm great again.

    Like you, I was initially so resistant, but I really used my time on antidepressants to develop life-long coping skills. I hope you are able to feel better, and can do the same.
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  9. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    I'm glad short-term AD use worked for you, BluegrassRN. Recent studies have shown that treating situational (not just chronic) depression can offer long-term benefits, even after the meds are discontinued.

    Unfortunately, the reality for many people with mood disorders is that we simply don't manage well without medications, and each time we wean ourselves off and then crash again---which is inevitable in chronic cases---the illness progresses and gets harder to treat........or morphs into something even more complicated. (This was how I found out that I wasn't "just" depressed, but bipolar.) And truth be told, anyone who's had one episode of depression is at a higher risk of future episodes, regardless of the circumstances.

    Good luck to you. May you never need meds again!
  10. Visit  Merlyn profile page
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    Quote from Lucky724
    I want to thank everyone for replying and let you know..that after reading the posts, thinking about my family and their concerns...I took a hard look at what this depression/anxiety was doing to my life and how it was effecting those around me - not just family but over the past year coworkers, job hopping, the finanical stress from working-not working... Depression is not the same as "the blues" - this is a different monster altogether..Making the decision to go on medication is not one I took lightly - my family and doctor have been trying to get me to take medication for a little over a year...I have exhausted all other options and I started one medication last week and another was added a few days ago. The side effects are not too bad, the medications are SNRI's and I figure the side effects are far less damaging then the side effects of the depression and anxiety. I have, for now, made the decision to remain out of the hospital setting as far as work. There are some positives to the hospital and I'm not saying I won't go back but for now I have been offered a position at a wellness clinic - it will be stable, pay well and though it's a 5/day/wk position I think not having so much time on my hands will also be a plus. I won't have to get up way early or get home way late. I will start in a few weeks and that will give the medication time - I hope - to calm some of the anxiety and lift some of the depression. I don't know how long I will need to be on medication - maybe a year, maybe a few years, maybe a lifetime, but right now, it's one day at a time.
    Please know, I am not being "dramatic" when I write this - but truly, each of you who responded made a difference for me - helped me see things differently and I am grateful. Thank you.
    In the past 39 years, I've been on antidepressants. when I started on one medication it was Zombie land. I had no emotions. I couldn't laugh I couldn't cry. I could not feel anything. Then the SNRI's came along and I feel normal. To go from writing my farewell poem, getting all the meds that I would need, even picking the spot to die to enjoying sunsets and the stars again to me is a Miracle. The way I describe Suicidal depression is you feel as if you are ten feet under water while the rest of the world is far above you. You feel if you tie your shoe or kill yourself it's all the same. I like to think that I didn't kill my self because my farewell poem suck and I wanted to be perfect when I bid this world a good night. But enough of me. May I be the first to welcome you back to life. Peace be with you, Sweet Soul.
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  11. Visit  jadelpn profile page
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    Part of depression and mostly anxiety disorders in some people is feelings of not wanting to take medication in fear of "side effects". Please go and see a mental health professional. There may be things you have not tried that are non-medication ways to manage your illness, or new ways you have not thought of to help you get to the point that you will be able to take your meds. AND it is an illness. As a nurse, I am sure you would not advise one of your patients to not take their insulin if they relayed to you that the thought of taking too much and having low blood sugar is too overwhelming for them. Think of it as a manageable illness, think about interventions should you experience side effects. Easier said than done, but first step is some counseling with a mental health professional. Best wishes.
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  12. Visit  Pass profile page
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    i was relieved to find out i had hypothyroidism finally when i am over age 50. subtle symptoms started during my early 30s but i blamed it on night shift (fatigue, irritability, and hungry) last 5 years were awful...with weight gain and depression. i went on wellbutrin with levothyroxine because it can take a year or two for right dosage to maintain leve.l after more than a year i had a good lab result last week. in january, i joined the ymca and lost 30 lbs in 3 months biggest change in diet is whey protein of course no white foods or cheese! please ask any questions
    the reason i am writing is to highlight mike wallace and he wanted the world to know that depression is treatable.
    get help you are an amazing person
    !
    a fast google i found: mike wallace battles depression - guideposts

    there is more mike wallace: speaking out on depression: the veteran cbs newsman helps to break the stigma surrounding a treatable disease. - saturday evening post - nbr. 2785 - author: perry, patrick - id 55814624 - vlex
    mike wallace: speaking out on depression: the veteran cbs newsman helps to break the stigma surrounding a treatable disease.

    tough, hard-hitting, and respected, news correspondent mike wallace has made his living tackling complex problems. for years, the popular 60 minutes anchor confronted corruption and fraud, interviewed the famous and infamous, and survived the loss of a son and numerous life challenges. but in his mid-60's, he began to suffer from what winston churchill called the "black dog" of an overwhelming depression that spiraled out of control, carrying wallace to the brink of suicide.


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