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  1. Eso: Welcome to DF! I'm sorry about your girlfriend; that has to be difficult. You will need to give yourself time to grieve, but things really will get better. As far as finding your way around DF, I'd suggest you just spend lots of time reading. There is SO much tremendous information. Remember that (except for posted news articles) most everything is info that has been posted/shared by our members. So you will find out some of the experiences others have gone through, and maybe some of your questions will be answered. In time, you will be more comfortable finding your way around our board. And feel free to jump in and add replies to any topics that interest you. Sticky: Welcome! It is interesting that you've had to wait so long to get on the track of a possible diagnosis, but hopefully now you can get better treatment. You will find plenty of info about bipolar disorder and other symptoms/illnesses that you may relate to - just look around this place. You will also find plenty of supportive friends here. Welcome back, teapot! I am sorry you've gone through such a rough time. I hope that you are getting some counseling and medical care for your depression. And as you know, you will get great support here at DF.
  2. I just want to add my support to KS's words about therapy. I, too, had many traditional analysis-type therapists over the years. Some of them were a good fit for me, and some weren't. I always encourage folks to try one therapist - and give him or her a decent chance as you won't get to real work in just one session - but if it is not going well, try someone else. In my experience, about 1/2 of the therapists are adequate, maybe 1/4 were lousy, and 1/4 of the ones I've been to were excellent for me. Someone else might find a similar ratio, but may also find that it is completely different therapists who are best for them. I also loved CBT, and will go back if and when I feel the need. But as KA said, I think I had reached the point where I was ready for that limited, forward focus. If I'd not already been through so much analysis of the past, I don't think I'd have benefitted from CBT. Good luck to both of you, Bradley and euthyphro. Keep seeking help and trusting yourselves. Karen (ados, currently on in admin capacity)
  3. Hmmm, I am not familiar with your previous med, so hopefully someone else can help with that question. Some folks do have trouble with weight gain on the SSRIs, but not necessarily. If you do have trouble, you may want to work at upping your exercising (which can also help depression). And of course talk to your doctor about your concerns. As far as I know, the crummy sexual side effects tend to be an equal problem for men and women. That is the only side effect I've personally had that really causes me a problem. I've decided that the benefits of the AD, since it really is life-saving for me, outweigh that side effect. But, it sure is frustrating!
  4. paradox - Have you discussed this with your doctor? It seems a bit high to me, but everyone is different. As long as your doctor is comfortable with it and you are not having any problems, perhaps it is just right for you. You might also ask your pharmacist if s/he has other patients at this dose without trouble.
  5. It is still a bit early, HM. Give it another month; are you at the proper dose do you think? It can take 6 - 8 weeks at the proper dose for you, to really be effective. If your doc thinks you are at the correct dose and it has been 2 months without good relief, I'd talk to him/her about maybe trying something else.
  6. Missing you, Elfie!!! I hope and pray that you are doing better. (((((Elfie)))))
  7. I have to agree, misusing any drug can be very dangerous. No matter how long it has been, I'd strongly encourage you to be completely open with your psychiatrist about everything you've taken, and about exactly what symptoms you are now having. There are many medications as well as alternative therapies available today, and new ones are being developed. Please communicate fully with your doctor, and see him/her frequently while you find the med, treatment, or combo that helps you best. Let us know how you are doing. Karen
  8. I had a similar experience with paxil - I'd done very well on it, but went off it after several years. When it turned out that I needed to be back on the med, I seemed to need about double the dose just to achieve the same relief I'd had previously. My doctor said that for some people that is the case. When you've been on an AD, go off, and then go back on it, you may need a higher dose. Of course that won't be true for everyone, and hopefully not for you! Just be aware of this in case it seems like your dosage isn't working. Good luck! Karen
  9. Sounds good, casesensitive. Apparently the med is working for you, now you just need to get the dose right. And you are working on that; you'll get it perfect soon. It is great that you've started to be able to do some things that you couldn't before. Don't get discouraged when you don't ALWAYS feel better. You are still adapting to the med and it will improve. Try to be positive about the good changes you are already seeing. That should give you hope. Great news; thanks for sharing! Karen (ados, currently on as admin)
  10. I guess I typed that without thinking; I know that you were a spoiled brat. ;) Just kidding!But I think that maybe in some ways you were emotionally neglected or almost abused. That is just my personal thinking; I get really defensive when parents don't "allow" children (even adult children - although if they were like that when the kiddos were young it is unlikely to change...) to have feelings. Anyway - it sounds like your appointment was excellent. I really like the combo of CBT and a relaxation therapy - it sounds to me like ideal therapy for where I am at now, and hopefully for you as well. Best of all, your therapist just seems to really have a handle on things and to be able to communicate well with you. I am excited!!!! Huge praises to God for his loving answer to our prayers. Now to see how he will provide for the financial need and your continued healing! I know he has great things in store for you and your family. Hugs and congratulations, Elfie!!! Karen
  11. So many new folks have joined us since the last time I visited this room! Welcome to all of you. We do understand where you are at - we are all struggling with depression and related problems. Even if you are in the deepest pit right now, don't give up. You can and WILL feel better. Please read around here and jump in on any topics that interest you. There is so much caring and support. We are glad you are here! Welcome to DF! Karen
  12. CS - I know that sometimes diarreah (sp?) and minor stomach upset are fairly common side effects of starting up (or ramping up, in your case) zoloft. That should go away soon. Maybe it is a sign that something is actually working, now that your dose is a bit higher! ;) Karen (ados, currently on as admin)
  13. (((((sarah-nicole))))) I am sorry that I'm not familiar with your med details. Have you been at an initial, low dose for the entire 4 weeks? If so, maybe you will need a bit of an increase. On the other hand, some folks really can take up to a couple of months before the med is working fully. It is so very hard to know, and the wait is one of the worst parts of treating depression, I think. It is important to go slowly, but at the same time you and your doctor need to work closely to be sure your depression doesn't overwhelm you before the meds are working properly. I'm glad that you are seeing your doc on Friday; most likely s/he will be able to tell you better how to handle this. To answer your basic quesion, the way I can tell that my AD is beginning to work is that some of my original symptoms do go away. My sleep is more regular, my severe sadness or feeling of being overwhelmed are less, and any suicidal thoughts go away. I generally still have a lack of motivation, which is a part of my depression that isn't very well-controlled by my meds. Each of us is different, of course. I think that when your med is working properly, you will notice that whatever you symptoms of depression were, are getting to be less of a problem. I have noticed that this kind of sneaks up on me....I may not feel tremendously better, but in looking back to before starting my AD, I can see that my symptoms have improved at least somewhat. One other thing that helps me know my meds are working is that I've had other people who know me tell me they see an improvement. Good luck, hang on, and let us know how you are doing!!! If you need to, call your doctor even before you appt Friday. You WILL get this under control! Karen (ados, currently on in admin role)
  14. Hi, mindboggled! Great to have you here; this is a wonderful place and a really special forum. Looking forward to getting to know you better. Karen (ados, currently on in my Admin role)
  15. Dooin... Wow! You really are struggling with the anxiety in the first half of the day. Yes, do talk with your pdoc when you see him at your daughter's appt (well, you're probably done with that by now!). Remember this is part of an illness. There is nothing to feel bad about, and it is very appropriate to ask for help - even if it is just in passing like tonight. The worst that can happen is you are told to make an appt later. Hopefully he was able/is able to do something to help you right away, though! For some reason, the past month or so it seems like we've had many more men joining DF than before. Maybe you guys are finally getting a bit more able to open up? Or maybe for some reason men are just really getting hit with depression right now....whatever, I hope you continue sharing. It can reallly help! Karen (ados, currently on in Admin role)
  16. Welcome to DF, fina! It is nice to have you here; looking forward to getting to know you better. Karen
  17. Oh, FallingSun! You sure are in need of a lot of support right now! I'm glad you felt comfortable to share with us. Please take time to get to know folks here; there is plenty of support and encouragement available from our wonderful members! Karen
  18. waltzdog, It is great to have you here! Congratulations on your bravery in "coming out" as a person dealing with depression. You mentioned that you may "report on the reactions of people..." I take it you are meaning the people in real life who you "come out" to? I hope! We need to make sure all members here feel safe and know that no one is doing any "reporting" about them! I figured you already know that, but just thought I'd mention it to be sure... It is very nice to have someone with your experience and background in an area related to our mental health - at least related to our relationship issues, since they so often play a role in our depression. I'm sure you will be a big asset to our DF community, and I think you will find lots of info and support here as well. Karen
  19. Welcome to DF, nanato4! It sounds like you are really struggling right now, too. Don't give up! There are plenty of helpful friends here, and you will feel better in time. There is hope! Karen
  20. jaded33, Welcome to DF! I'm sorry you are so very down. It is great, though, that you are trying sjw and counseling, and that they seem to help. You should also find great support here. Karen
  21. Andrew, I PM'd you about this, but just so everyone who reads in here knows, we do not allow animated avatars except for mods and admin. There is more detail about this in the TOS/FAQ room, in the topic about posting guidelines. And, CONGRATS on the college acceptance!!! Karen
  22. Welcome, Amber! I'm sorry for the pain your son is suffering. Lindsay has given you some great advice. Probably the best thing you can do is what you already do - be there for him and keep the communication open. You cannot force him to get help, but you might suggest he consider a different doctor or talk to his current doc about med changes. He needs to be sure his doctor knows how he is feeling. Of course, besides considering therapy as Lindsay suggested, encourage your son to call a crisis help line (see the runner across the top of each page here) when he is in crisis. If he is seriously thinking suicide, he should go directly to an emergency room or call 911. Like Lindsay said, you must take good care of yourself. You have to be healthy in able to be there for your son. Consider therapy or a support group to get support just for you. And do try to find ways to do special things for yourself. I know how much it hurts us when our kiddos are in serious pain, and you are doing all that you can to help him. Now be sure to take good care of YOU as well. Keep sharing with us, that usually helps. Karen (ados, currently on as Admin)
  23. Pregnancy and Major Depression a Dangerous Mix Women who stopped using antidepressants suffered more relapses, research shows By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy does not appear to confer a protective effect on women with major depression, as many experts had thought. Quite the contrary, pregnant women who discontinue their antidepressant medication are at a five times higher risk of relapse than women who don't, new research shows. The study, appearing in the Feb. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, argues strongly for women and their doctors to discuss medication options. "Hopefully, we'll be less likely to see arbitrary discontinuation of antidepressants in patients with histories of major depression, which has been frequently standard fare," said study author Dr. Lee Cohen, director of the Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Clinical Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "This manuscript will round out part of the risk-benefit equation by offering clinicians and their patients a sense of what happens if they either chose to stay on or stop the medicine." "This challenges a certain myth and hope that people had that a pregnant woman is going to have a quieter time with respect to her mood symptoms than when she's not pregnant," added Dr. Susan Kemker, an assistant attending psychiatrist at Westchester Medical Center and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College, both in Valhalla, N.Y. "That is just not the case," she said. "This study shows a risk for relapse which makes the decision-making process for a woman who's pregnant more complicated. It makes it more important for her to really partner with her doctor." There have been reports that the newer antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which include Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft, may cause newborns to have withdrawal symptoms. In September 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about possible birth defects in infants born to women taking Paxil during their first trimester. Overall, however, most studies have confirmed the safety of antidepressants taken during pregnancy. "Our data on psychiatric drugs have been around for a while, and we're not finding increased malformation," said Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "For the patient who says she's tried coming off and had very bad depressive episodes, physicians in general recently have been starting to keep them on their medication." Prior to that, many physicians recommended that pregnant women discontinue the medications. This study compared pregnant women with major depression who stopped or tried to stop taking their medication near the time of conception with women who stayed on their medication. In all, 201 pregnant women at three centers participated. All were less than 16 weeks pregnant at the beginning of the study, and all had a history of major depression before becoming pregnant. Out of the total sample, 43 percent relapsed during pregnancy, half of them during the first trimester. Sixty-eight percent of women who discontinued their medication experienced a relapse, compared with only 26 percent of women who stayed on their medication. Women who came off their medication also relapses more frequently. There are also risks if a woman is depressed during her pregnancy. "Untreated depression actually puts mom at risk, and puts baby at risk," Cohen said. "It is associated with compromised fetal well-being and the well-being of the newborn." One of the authors' main messages is that women, in conjunction with their doctors, have to make an important decision, one that can't be presented in terms of black and white. "It is a complicated picture," Wu said. "You really have to individualize care." SOURCES: Lee S. Cohen, M.D., director, Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Clinical Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; Jennifer Wu, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Susan Kemker, M.D., assistant attending psychiatrist, Westchester Medical Center, and clinical assistant professor, psychiatry, New York Medical College, both in Valhalla, N.Y.; Feb. 1, 2006, Journal of the American Medical Association Last Updated: Feb. 1, 2006
  24. I had the same problem, Kevv. It must all be tied together. Doesn't it feel good to finally get things straightened out and be able to get routine good sleep?? :) That is still one thing I have to be really careful about! Karen (ados, currently on as Admin)
  25. (((((chaku))))) How sad!!! I hope you can work out something soon, so you can keep your cat. Karen (ados, currently on as Admin)
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