Family pushing antidepressants...why won't I agree?? - page 3

by Lucky724

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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... Read More


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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!
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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.
    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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    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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    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 highlightmike 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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