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  1. I hope you have a fantastic day :)

  2. Stay positive if you can. You can have depression regardless of race. In fact, some minority groups are more prone to depression. This isn't because of their race - rather it is due to the discrimination they face. Depression rates are much higher amongst Aboriginals in Canada, for instance. You should report the nurse who laughed at you. They should be fired or severely reprimanded for behaving that way. A lot of people will say you should ignore comments like that. I agree to an extent, but what I think helps is making yourself knowledgeable about the subject. Read about depression in books, on medical websites, Wikipedia. Wherever you can get information, pick it up. At least when people make comments, you can tell them why they are mistaken. Then you can feel like "you did what you could." If they still aren't willing to accept cold-hard medical facts, there isn't much you can do. Then I'd recommend finding someone who understands and relates to your issues so you have a proper way to express yourself. Being depressed has nothing to do with being white. I can't really advise you in terms of defeating that cultural stereotype aside from just educating yourself. Also, depression occurs in Africa, in poverty, etc. To my knowledge, no races are immune to depression. Financial circumstance can contribute to depression. However, there are people with large amounts of wealth who have depression and people with moderate or small amounts. The homeless often have depression. It's also not a matter of having no coping skills. Therapists can get depression, psychiatrists, psychologists, etc. Motivational speakers can get depression, priests. You name it! It's a widespread issue. You don't need a "right" to be depressed. You didn't choose to be depressed and should never feel guilty about feeling it. Feelings aren't something you choose. There is no reason to feel bad about them. Therapies can help you change how you react or deal with feelings, but you can't decide "I don't want to be sad," and magically become happy. Good luck. I'd definitely keep trying to talk to doctors, family, friends. Keep working to do what you can. I mentioned taking action against the nurse. It occurred to me that sometimes when my depression is bad, I am a very serious person. I will accidentally make a joke, not realize it, and think someone is laughing at me. So if you're sure that wasn't the case, I would try another nurse. I'm a somewhat confrontational person when it comes to people criticizing the legitimacy of mental illness, so I probably wouldn't handle the situation as maturely (whatever maturity is) as most people would.
  3. Hello, Dooga16- I've never tried Ginseng. But I have tried rhodiola rosea for the same reasons. At the time I was on no other med than klonopin, and it did seem to help as far as energy and alertness. I'm not sure about ginseng. You are apparently not taking seroquel now, but what about other meds? I'd say the safest bet is to consult with your doc before mixing ginseng or any herb with your meds. Even if you are no longer taking prescribed meds but have been diagnosed with certain MH issues, I'd still be wise to consult him/her. Warmest, Deepster Yeah, I'm taking celexa and wellbutrin. It's probably alright, but it might be worth waiting. I'll see what happens. Patience and me don't get along. I keep to the doctor's orders on my prescriptions at least, don't drink, etc. I just have this habit of buying random supplements and trying them out. I guess it makes me feel like I'm doing something.
  4. I'm wondering if anyone has got any benefits from Siberian Ginseng as a supplement for either energy, fatigue, stress reduction, or depression. Last time I tried it, I got a noticeable stimulant effect. I tend to dislike stimulants so I stopped it. That being said, I was taking seroquel at the time and it is "not recommended for people taking seroquel." I'm thinking about giving it a try again.
  5. Yeah, I can't recommend how much you should take. I don't worry about the brand, personally, for Vitamin D. It's a pretty generic brand. I take 3000 iu in the morning and 600 IU in my Vitamin in the evening. I didn't even realize it was in my Vitamin as well. I started at 600, added 2000, and got some benefits. Then I added 1000 more. It certainly didn't cure my SAD, but it helped some. What I like about supplements is even if they don't work, sometimes they provide other health benefits. Depending on your income, this can be beneficial. My "favorite" thing, though, is that those of us with depression often get discouraged. However, I'm a very scientific person. If science says "X" could help, I am likely to get a placebo effect even if it did nothing. And placebo effects can actually "keep going" rather than disappear. I also use about 30 minutes of light therapy in the morning. That increased libido more than anything, but it did improve things a bit as well. Everyone is different, though, so Vitamin D could have better results for you than it did me (and it still helped me).
  6. Here is a theory. I'm not a doctor, of course. Wellbutrin might take time to get out of your system. However, that that might not fully explain why you got worse after 8 months. So here is a thought. For some people, like myself, depression requires medication. However, if I'm not on medication, I might feel fine. It takes something to trigger the depression. Consider it like this. You are a car with gas. Everything is fine until your tank runs empty. Then your body just isn't good at filling the tank back up again. This is where the medication comes in, and this might explain how you could feel bad after. This is how things go for me sometimes. Given that life doesn't align perfectly for me all the time, I need medication - all the time. I also have other issues with depression like a low mood in general, but I'm getting off topic. As for feeling better for 8 months, the Wellbutrin in your system probably helped you some. You refer to the medication as seeming like a "cop out" and you taking it was "giving in." I suspect the "euphoria" of being a person "who doesn't take medication" helped contribute to your happiness. Your wife mentioned you had some over-confidence. Perhaps you subconsciously and/or consciously considered depression a "beast" and were proud at having "slayed it" without assistance. You looked at it as a personal triumph. We all do that. It takes a lot of hard work to deal with depression. I'd suggest if your view of anti-depressants is reflecting on your self-worth, this might be contributing to your mood. This is just a random theory though. There is no reason to take what I say seriously unless it "by sheer luck" happens to ring true to you in some way. Good luck! I'm taking some Wellbutrin now as well. No serious side effects, but I'm not getting the results I want. I am not a patient person, either!
  7. I've never had sex. However, I started Wellbutrin with my Celexa about 2.5 weeks ago. According to what I read, sexual side effects aren't a consequence of Wellbutrin. I might be having less sensation from orgasm, but I'm not sure. The sensation might be different, better, or the same. I'm not 100% worried about that. I am definitely taking longer to orgasm, however. I am not very educated here. So here are the issues. Can I do anything on my own to have more control over the situation? Will things change? Here is also a question for the ladies. If I am on Wellbutrin long term, I'm curious to know how serious this issue is? Is me taking longer bad for women sex-wise? Thanks
  8. I started Wellbutrin 150 XR for motivation. It helped some, and it hasn't been a long time yet. I'm being optimistic. I increased to 300 Tuesday. So basically, I've had 2 weeks of 150 mg and half a week of 300 mg. I'm not sure if the 300 helped yet. One of the issues I'm having is I seem to be able to get motivated when I "absolutely have no choice" but in terms of proactive motivation - which I used to do - it's a no gone. Doing extra studying, working on that essay early, etc, seem to have no room in my planning. And I'm not doing anything particularly exciting with my spare time. That's the strange thing. Mood wise, thankfully, I'm already alright. I'm on Celexa 20 mg, twice a day, modafinil 200 mg, twice a day, and a variety of nutritional supplements - though I suspect most of the work is being done by Celexa. Anyway, it doesn't stop the situation from being annoying. Anyone have some special stories with Wellbutrin and motivation? Anyone have it suddenly just "poof" start working more efficiently at week 3 or 4? Anyone notice a big improvement on 300 after a week or so? Looking for some "positive" success story or people who can relate. Placebo effects can be beneficial. I always like to get it in my head that "someone else had the medication do this good thing" so maybe I'll have the same luck. Thankfully, I am able to completely ignore this reasoning concerning negative side effects. Me. I know what I have to do. I know I can do it. I know how to do it. Intellectual, I want to complete the task. Problem. I just don't "feel like doing it." There really isn't any large negativity associated with the task. I just don't seem to have any "pull" to do it. It's like when you know "I'm need to eat" but you aren't hungry. Anyone able to relate to my crazy situation or give any positive info to keep me on the good vibe roller coaster? Thanks
  9. You can work on motivation through therapy techniques. However, that isn't always going to work. It also might not be enough for everyone to reach a level of motivation they feel is acceptable. Lastly, some people are too unmotivated to do the therapy. Think about motivation as being the process of building a sand castle. Some people are stuck in a whole and can't reach the beach. They need medicine before they can even think about therapy. Some people can benefit from a combination of therapy and medication, medication alone, or therapy alone. It all depends on the case. I've been adding Wellbutrin to my Celexa. I'm approaching week 2. Before my SAD increased my depressive symptoms, I was on a good pace motivation-wise. Now I'd say I'm about 40% of where I was before. I am climbing though. We'll see how it goes. I might need to give it more time, keep doing my individual work, and wait. I might need a higher dose. A lot of motivation comes from doing simple tasks, succeeding, and building on it. I'm a big science person. I thought the idea of writing things down was a waste of time. I can remember things. However, as soon as my Psychiatrist told me there is scientific evidence writing things down helps, I started doing it. It does help. I set a small goal and write down how I did. I will say "this week I will study 30 minutes a night." I was eventually at 3 hours before things went downhill. After that, I was at zero and not motivated to do much, including my assignments that were do. I am up to an average of an hour and a half at the moment (over the past 9 days since starting Wellbutrin). Hopefully, things keep going well. Also, the reason Wellbutrin is specifically more likely to help with motivation is it deals with dopamine. SSRI's don't typically deal with it much (or in the same way, if they do). It's also know for helping with fatigue and lack of energy that comes with depression. Some antidepressants help mood but not energy. Sometimes you also get additional benefits as a result of combos - Wellbutrin and another antidepressant do something neither would do alone. Stimulants are much different than antidepressants. They literally make you happy. They don't make regular activities more enjoyable. They just make you high and people mistakenly associate the happiness with the activities they are doing. Stimulants also have tolerance issues. I like everything about stimulants expect two things. I didn't like Ritalin (I like dexedrine). Firstly, I disliked the tolerance. I went up from 10mg to 30mg of dexedrine very quickly. This is not the same for everything. Secondly, my thought speed was increased. I didn't become smarter to compensate. Given that I already had concentration issues from depression, this was a disaster. Imagine solving a math problem at 3x speed. It seems cool until you get the mark back. I totally zipped through everything like a madman. Everything made sense in my head. I was off sync with the speed my brain is supposed to be at. I was also extremely talkative (not me). Do not avoid stimulants because of an experience one person had on an internet forum. Things work differently for everyone. I'd just suggest fixing motivation problems in other ways (if possible) before a person uses stimulants. Stimulants aren't very dangerous. I'm just not a big fan. I was when I was on them because, frankly, everyone likes to be high.
  10. I'm taking 40mg Celexa and 150mg Wellbutrin. I've been taking Wellbutrin to help me get up, Celexa about 1-2 hours later, and Celexa again at night. Has anyone noticed any benefit to taking Wellbutrin and Celexa (or other antidepressant) at exactly the same time as their other antidepressant(s)? Thanks
  11. Yeah. Your body naturally produces it when it's time to sleep. The supplement aids in that production making it easy to get to sleep quickly. It's often used by people who travel often to adjust to time zone changes.
  12. Increase in dosage or sometimes even withdrawal - can cause euphoria. It's hard to say whether it's psychosomatic or not, but just keep going with it... The increase to 60mg will only make you tired to begin with. Anyone here from Canada? I was led to believe the limit on Celexa was 40mg. I've been augmenting since 40. Maybe I'll have to talk to my Psychiatrist if I can go up to 60.
  13. No experience with XR here. Melatonin is available over the counter. I take it with seroquel at night. However, I'd say the melatonin helps me sleep more than the seroquel does.
  14. I started on 20. I got side effects increasing to 30 and increasing to 40. I ended up going back to 20 for a short period. When I was on 40, my mood was better overall. The side effects, for me, were mood swings that resulted in severe suicidal episodes. Obviously, I can't take a risk on my health like that. To help deal with my thoughts, I was prescribed a low does of Seroquel. That removed all the side effects from me, and I don't have maniac episodes at all on a low dose of 25 mg. I'm back up to 40 mg of Celexa. My depression isn't gone, exactly, but it's a lot better. According to my Psychiatrist, Celexa also has a "side effect" adjustment period that usually goes away. Good luck!
  15. You also gave me a fuzzy feeling with the cuddly avatar. I read about 75 pages of a philosophy book. Huzzah!
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