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MaddieLouise last won the day on June 17 2012

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  1. Hi Chels87, Have you told your doctor about the start-up side effects? I do know how difficult this is as I experienced the same thing every time I increased my dosage of Cymbalta. I now take a different medication, but was up to 90 mg. It took about 4 weeks before the start-up side effects went away for me, but each day during that time, the side effects would slowly go away or get better. I know this isn't the news you want to hear, but if you can stick with it, as I think you will be happy about the results. I do hope you feel better soon! Maddie Louise
  2. Hey Kabuto, I know making these kinds of decisions can be tough. Whenever I have a questionable medical decision, I usually get a second opinion. Also, can't your Dr. answer the questions about the risks? He or she should be able to tell you the percentage of success, side effects (if any), etc. I would rely on him first. I guess it also comes down to how much you are willing to live with this condition vs. getting help and what are the risks if you don't treat it? I hope you find some relief to your anxiety about this soon and get some relief from your condition! Sincerely, MaddieLouise
  3. Hey Bobbert and welcome to the forums, Losing interest in life can certainly be a symptom of depression. This forum is a good place to express your feelings and talk to people who share similar experiences. I don't consider your post as whining and no one here will judge you based on your circumstances. You are certainly blessed to have a stable home life and secure income, but it sounds like you've lost interest in enjoying even those things. Have you considered talking to a professional? Maybe they can provide some insight for you. In the height of my depression, I felt this way and it's difficult to rationalize when everything seems to be going really well, but you aren't interested in taking part in the people around you. I did see a professional and got some help. I do hope you feel engaged soon and once again welcome. Sincerely, MaddieLouise
  4. Hi Bellerose, How does he react when you overthink and talk to him frequently about the topic? Does he get angry if you continue to address it? Why do you think it will cause stress? I think you need to tell him that you feel the need to discuss this and that you really need his support. Could it be that he is patiently listening and just taking it in until he has something useful to contribute? Communication is vital in a relationship, so I'd definitely talk to him about the bigger issue, which is that you don't feel you can talk to him. Sincerely, MaddieLouise
  5. Hi ViOLetRoSeTUlipS and welcome to the forums, I'm sorry to hear about all of your troubles. It's hard to move and get a new job all at the same time. One event is full of anxiety, but put a new environment on top of that, and it's more difficult. Do you have any friends in the new location or did you leave friends and family for the new state? I'm sorry about the car. Is there mass transportation of some sort that you can take to get to work? Not caring about your apartment and wanting to hide away could be signs of depression. Maybe if you push real hard and clean the apartment that would be a step in the right direction toward feeling a little better. Have you considered talking to a therapist or doctor who might lead you in the right direction if they do diagnose depression? These forums are a great place to talk to people who have experienced similar issues. I do hope you start to feel better. Sincerely, MaddieLouise
  6. Hey Geoff, Increasing any antidepressant can have varying side effects. If you are feeling suicidal, I would reach out to your therapist sooner than in two weeks and describe what is happening. Maybe he or she will suggest going to 75 mg. first. However, you do need to check with your therapist first to see if this is acceptable. I recently had to increase my dosage and fortunately didn't go through this, however, I did have side effects (such as major anxiety) when I first started Sertraline, so I know how you feel, and yes it can be miserable. It was worth sticking it out though as now all has stabilized and things are looking up. I do hope you feel better soon! MaddieLouise
  7. Hi faeriefate I'm so sorry you are feeling this way! It is certainly not bad to want to talk to your mom during times when you feel depressed, but like you said she isn't able to be there, so you might have to find some other person to share your feelings with, and it doesn't sound like your aunt is supportive enough. This forum is a great place to express your feelings. There are many people who can relate to how you feel, and can give good advice for coping with it. Have you considered talking to a therapist or maybe just talking to your family doctor (if you have one) for starters? He/she can then maybe lead you in the right direction as far as getting help in concerned. Feelings of "gloom and doom" (for lack of a better term) are not unusual when you are feeling overwhelmed with depression, so I still recommend seeing if there is someone medically who might be able to help you to start with. I hope you feel better soon, MaddieLouise
  8. Hi Smd922, Sometimes start-up side effects can be very troublesome, especially if you are trying to get a handle on anxiety in the first place! Have you considered asking your Dr. if you can split the tablet and take 12.5 for a little while to see if you can tolerate it and then move up to 25 mg.? Sometimes we need to go very slowly when taking meds for the first time. It's probably hard to imagine, but I take 100 mg., although it took a long time to work up to that dosage and it was only after being at 75 for awhile and not seeing improvement, did my Dr. finally increase the dosage. I hope the side effects start to get better for you soon! Sincerely, MaddieLouise
  9. Hi Cavs12, Depression can make us seem somewhat unresponsive to help and support at times. I think the best you can do is continue to tell her you love and support her until she starts to see that she needs to get some outside help. Ultimately, with depression we have to come to terms with how we feel and begin to accept help. Would suggesting she look for another job that she might like help any? Would she be open to that? Have you kindly suggested that maybe she might want to talk to someone outside the family (like a therapist)? Not sure any of this is helpful. I do hope she starts to feel better and that you can move forward with your home purchase. The people here are very friendly and helpful. Sincerely, MaddieLouise
  10. Hello SeanM2218, I did experience this the first time I went on Zoloft and also on other antidepressants. Thankfully, it did subside and as I recall, I only had one or two panic attacks, but did feel some consistent anxiety. This all did subside though and as I recall I wasn't totally feeling good until 6 or so weeks into the medication. That's not to say that it will take you that long. I would tell your Dr. about the intense anxiety and see if you can split the dosage in half. Maybe by starting out on a smaller dosage and then moving up, you won't have as intense side effects. Hope you feel better soon! MaddieLouise
  11. Hi Ddig, Several years ago I switched from Sertraline to Cymbalta. My Dr. had me slowly decrease my Sertraline while simultaneously slowly start with a small dosage of Cymbalta. At weekly intervals I would continue to decrease the Sertraline and increase the Cymbalta until I was off the Sertraline and on the Cymbalta. This worked well and I didn’t suffer any withdrawal. I did have some startup side effects on the new med but since you’ve been on Lexapro maybe you won’t have that problem. Hope you feel better soon!
  12. Hi Highlycaffinated and Welcome to DF! I'm truly sorry about your situation. Is your wife willing to go to a marriage counselor together? It sounds like you need someone to mediate and try to get to the bottom of her change in feelings. Depression can make you feel void of any feelings (except feeling depressed), and make you not care about anything or anyone. Not that this helps you any I realize. I think I'd have a bit of a realistic discussion with her about all she stands to lose if you divorce. This may seem like an option to her, but does she really want to live a life without a husband or her children? Sounds like her depression has just make her want to give up and also traumatic events take a long time to recover from. You look at life very differently, but generally time restores you to your old self. Not sure if this was any help. I hope things look up! Sincerely, MaddieLouise
  13. I'm so sorry for all the chaos you are feeling. I wish there was a magical fix, but instead I would talk to your Dr. about what he or she recommends based on your medical history and the condition you are in. I previously suffered from high anxiety, and was prescribed Cymbalta. It worked very well for me for 10 years. Now I take Zoloft which also works well for anxiety and depression. One thing to keep in mind though is that it took about 4 weeks before these meds really worked for me. I experienced some start-up side effects in the first few weeks, so you have to be patient as well. I do hope you find some relief. Sincerely, Maddielouise
  14. Hi Dud1yboys, Welcome to DF and sorry it's taken so long to welcome you! I recommend trying to try to stick out some of the side effects you might be experiencing with Cymbalta, as it can take anywhere from 4-8 weeks for your body to adjust to anti-depressants. I know that seems like a really long time, however I think you will find that with each day your side effects will subside and you will start to see a decrease in your anxiety and depression. I hope you start to see some relief! Sincerely, MaddieLouise
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