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  1. I can relate to you so much @Lina31! My parents moved us to a different town the summer after my sophomore year of high school. Leaving the town I grew up in, all my friends and my school threw me into a terrible depression. I even attempted suicide. I have been depressed on and off ever since (for about 20 years or so). I have tried a few different medications, but they never seemed to help very much. I hope you are able to improve your situation! We are here to support you!
  2. Hi @Lina31! Welcome to the forum! I can relate to your situation. Last year, I had to leave work and go on disability due to cancer. I am stuck in the house quite a bit these days, since I no longer have to leave for work. Being in the house so much has made my depression and anxiety so much worse. Like @MaepleSyrup says, pushing yourself to get out of the house by going shopping, getting coffee, grabbing food, etc. helps to break things up. I also take classes at my local community college and participate in a book club at my local library. Looking for a new job is definitely an option too, since that would force you out of the house. I hope you find a solution that works for you!
  3. Thanks for the response @JetstreamSam! I appreciate the input.
  4. The feelings you are having are very normal for someone who just started a new job. You're new and have a lot to learn, so its easy to fall into that trap of feeling incompetent, anxious, and helpless. Please, please, please be kind to yourself and reset your expectations. You are new, learning and trying your best. Your boss and coworkers know this, and so should you. Just give yourself time.
  5. I have been on 20mg of Lexapro for about a year, but I still have some breakthrough depression. I'm considering asking my doctor about increasing the dose. I've heard of people taking 25mg and 30mg before, so I was wondering if anyone here has experience with doses greater than 20mg? If so, did the higher dose help you?
  6. I hope they have a cancellation and you are able to get an appointment sooner! I'm in the same boat right now, and have to wait a month for my next appointment. Waiting is torture when you need help asap.
  7. I've been on Lexapro 20mg for about a year, but I still have some breakthrough depression. I also have no energy or motivation to do anything, pretty much every day. Is Wellbutrin my best bet as an add-on to Lexapro that will give me more energy and motivation?
  8. I've been through similar situations. My depression/anxiety often makes me physically ill, so I've had to take a lot of sick days off from work. Some jobs have been sympathetic and okay with it, others not so much. Things are more manageable now because I am on medication and see a therapist regularly. Are you on any medication? Do you see a therapist? It's horrible to wake up every morning sick due to your anxiety and depression. Medication and/or therapy may be able to help break this cycle.
  9. Welcome @remirestraven! We are glad that you decided to join the forum family! I hope you find support within the community.
  10. I have a hard time finding the motivation to do housework because of my depression. I have to break chores down into small manageable pieces or I would never get anything done.
  11. Thank you @moodyjuniper for your response! It is really helpful. I will definitely do my homework before deciding on one of these programs.
  12. I can relate to what you are going through in so many ways. I have stage 4 incurable cancer, depression and anxiety, so I know what it's like to deal with a chronic illness and mental health issues at the same time. Like you, I am also at the point where I am tired of dealing with it all. I don't feel well most days, which only makes me more depressed and anxious. Last year, I stopped working and went on disability, so I could focus on making myself better and doing things I enjoy (when I'm feeling up to it). I feel better physically since leaving work, as I have more time to get sufficient rest and don't have to deal with the stress anymore. Have you considered leaving work and going on disability? This would allow you to get the rest you so badly need. You may find yourself feeling better both physically and emotionally if you got sufficient rest.
  13. Welcome to the forum! I'm sorry for your losses. Losing people close do you is very difficult. I'm not sure if this is within your comfort zone, but there may be grief support groups in your area that you could go to and share your feelings with like-minded people. As for my own coping mechanisms, I have found that seeing a therapist on a regular basis, medication, and staying active (exercising) all lift my spirits. Of course, what works for one person may not work for another, but I hope you find some helpful tips here.
  14. Welcome @DanS! I was on 100mg of sertraline last year and it did not work for me. If you've been on it for 3 months and are still having more bad days than good, I think you should talk to your doctor. It could be that your dose needs adjusting or this isn't the right med for you.
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