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  1. Hi Tim...I'm in the same exact boat as you. Moving from Pristiq to Viibryd...on week 1 now. So far no side effects other than slight stomach upset, but very minor. I'm hopeful this is *the one* for both you and me!
  2. I'm on month 3 of my leave of absence from work, and going back is terrifying me :(. I know I need to get back and "start life" again but I'm so scared I won't be able to handle it. I'm currently on short term disability. I've had to try literally 7 med changes during my leave and have had a hard time finding anything that I could tolerate. I go back to see my psych tomorrow and we'll discuss a game plan for returning. Has anyone on the boards ever taken time away from work or school due to mental health issues, and how did you handle returning? I have a long history of mental health issues but have always worked and have managed to cope. This time it's different. I feel like I've lost all confidence in who I am in my career.
  3. I've been out of work for a couple of months now due to my depression/anxiety, and my FMLA is running out at the end of this month. Technically I could go longer and still get full pay from disability but I run the risk of losing my job. I've been working my whole life, and I've been at my job for 25 years, very stable company. A few months ago working became impossible. I've had mental health issues my whole life but the medication I was on for many years just stopped working and I had a slow meltdown I've been on so many different meds for the past 2 months trying to get right, nothing has worked yet. I go back to see my psychiatrist later this week. I'm literally terrified at the thought of having to go back to work. It's not that I don't want to work. It's that I don't feel ready. And I don't know when I will. This is the most terrifying thing I've been through. I'm completely self supporting and have children, so not working isn't an option. I work for a very good company so the end of FMLA doesn't mean the end of my benefits (I could get full pay disability for 26 weeks). But what happens if they fill my job? I'm so terrified and don't know what to do.
  4. Thanks all for your replies! I don't have relationship with my old PCP. Just started with a new one and shared my concerns with her and she brushed me off (this was yesterday). I think at this point I need to call my psych and tell her I don't want to take the Vyvanse. I've never had to really "challenge" a doctor before and no idea how this will go down.
  5. I have major depression/anxiety and also a long term eating disorder (bulimia). Things got so bad that I took a leave from work and am under a care of a new psychiatrist (had only been seeing a PCP up until now) and am having serious doubts about her abilities. I've been on Lexapro 20mg for years but clearly it isn't working anymore. First she prescribed Wellbutrin (not good for a bulimic which I found out after). I lasted a week with terrible side effects. Then she prescribed Topamax..I lasted 2 weeks. Now she prescribed Vyvanse. She's only targeting the eating disorder but doing nothing for my anxiety/depression (other than throwing Xanax my way). I keep asking her if the Lexapro needs to be tweaked, changed out, etc, and she keeps brushing me off. I feel like if we got the depression/anxiety under control I could handle my eating disorder through therapy, but she isn't listening. She only seems to want to get me into TMS but the insurance company has requirements about how may meds you have to try. At my last visit when she prescribed the Vyvanse, she said..well, I'll prescribe you Buspar but I honestly don't care if you take it (her words), and that she was only prescribing it to meet the insurance company threshold for TMS. I have been off work for a month and feel worse than before. My depression and anxiety are at uncontrollable levels and I'm fighting every day just to keep going. I feel like this last month has been wasted with a doctor prescribing me the wrongs meds and not listening to me, and I'm at square one. I feel so completely defeated and ready to give up on all this. I'm trying to find help so I can get my life back and fighting every step of the way, and am getting nowhere. I don't expect miracles with meds but I do know when a dr is full of sh*t. Do I just start looking for a new doc? Do I call her back and tell her I'm not satisfied with her recommendation and to prescribe something else? I'm just at a loss. It takes so much energy to get help when you're depressed that I just don't think I can do this anymore.
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