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  1. My antidepressants have been working great up until the last 6 weeks or so. I've been having a rough time with depression, and I've also been having symptoms of sleep apnea. My wife says I seem more depressed on days when I snored badly the previous night. I've read about sleep apnea being associated with depression. My hope is that treating the sleep apnea will help the depression and I won't have to change my meds. Anyone else have sleep apnea? Did treating it help with the depression?
  2. My experience with Zoloft alone was much the same as what you are describing, but it seems to work better combined with Wellbutrin. I don't know if the Wellbutrin has aged me or not. My wife and several of my friends have taken Celexa. My wife said that it made her sleepy and that Lexapro, which is supposedly similar, was much better. A coworker of mine takes Celexa and she says it makes her apathetic. Another friend of mine said Celexa gave him diarrhea. I guess it depends on the person, lol.
  3. Wow! I'm sorry to hear that you were in a depression episode for 40 years. I've had depression on and off for as long as I can remember, and it has gotten extremely severe at times, but it has come and gone in phases, rarely for more than 18 months at a time, and I'm only 31. I've done talk therapy in the recent past, and I'm considering doing it again. I'm kind of gun-shy about it because I've had some bad experiences in therapy. My last therapist was great for a while but then didn't want to do any more when I couldn't identify two specific issues I wanted to work on, and she was fond of telling me how much worse other people have it, as if I didn't know. I will definitely keep looking until I find what works, whether it's different meds, therapy, or addressing physical health issues that might be exacerbating the depression.
  4. Just curious, after you became a Dad, how long was it before your depression got better? I've found that major life changes, even really good ones, can be a depression trigger for me. I keep apologizing to my wife for putting her in the position of effectively caring for two babies. She tells me that I shouldn't be so hard on myself...
  5. Thanks for the request to God. One thing I tell friends and family who have depression or anxiety is that it's not a sign of weakness, but that it takes a lot of strength to live with it every day. I don't tend to give myself the credit or the benefit of the doubt I give others. If you don't mind me asking, what type of heart condition do you have? I have benign premature ventricular contractions, and most of my family over 60 have Atrial Fibrillation.
  6. Thanks for the congrats on becoming a Dad. It's not easy but it's definitely worth it. Make sure you have a car seat installed in your car before your wife goes into labor. Also, if you don't already have one, get a rocking chair. Thanks also for the info on Pristiq. Most people I have known who took Effexor didn't like it and said that it had bad side effects. Even though Pristiq is supposedly a "me too" version of Effexor, the side-effect profile might be different. Zoloft alone was great for my anxiety, but not so much for my depression or my anger issues. Wellbutrin has been great for the latter two, until recently. I think I will ask my doctor about Pristiq. And speaking of sleep, I read that there is a strong link between depression and sleep apnea, which I am also having issues with lately. My hope is that treating the sleep apnea will help the depression, and maybe I won't need a drastic change in meds.
  7. Hi everyone, It took a lot out of me to join this site and post all of this. I'm feeling very down for no apparent reason, and I have been told to "suck it up" by people on other mental health forums in the past. I've been through some very rough times in the past, but at the moment, I don't have much of anything to be depressed about. I'm happily married to a wonderful and supportive wife who understands pretty well since she's been through her own depression issues. We welcomed our first child just 2 months ago, and I absolutely love being a Dad to our little daughter. I have a great family and lots of friends. I have a job that I enjoy, and I'm financially stable. For the last 6 weeks or so, I've felt depressed for much of the time. I feel sad, guilty, inadequate, and angry with myself. I can't concentrate on anything, I get teary eyed over the stupidest things, I worry constantly about lots of stuff, and I don't feel passion or enthusiasm for much of anything. I'm functioning and working, and being a husband and father to the best of my ability, but a lot of the time I'm just going through the motions and would rather lie in bed and stare at the ceiling all day. I take Zoloft and Wellbutrin, which have worked great until recently. I have a doctor appointment in a month. I hope I can find out if the depression is a matter of adjusting my meds or if it has some physical cause. I'm glad I found this site. I hope to find support and be supportive to others.
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