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  1. Hi Melissa, I had been taking this combination for a few months 30mg Mirtazipine and 75mg Venlafaxine. It worked amazingly and I felt as though my depression had lifted. Towards the end of May, it suddenly stopped working. The Venlafaxine was increased to 150mg but this didn't help at all and all I had were headaches and dizziness. I'm in the process of quickly (as guided) withdrawing from both medications and starting a different one. My psychiatrist said this isn't a common occurrence and he's not sure why it happened. Everyone is different though. I've heard of people saying Prozac is amazing but I reacted very badly to it. I hope it works for you.
  2. Hi Hoonay, Welcome to the forum. I am currently on 30mg until Thursday, then I will go down to 15mg for 3 days and stop. My psychiatrist is taking me off Mirtazipine and Venlafaxine within 9 days! He told me that Mirtazipine has sedative effects. What time of the day did you take yours? did you make you feel sleepy? This may be why you're experiencing insomnia. I asked him about what to do if I have insomnia whilst withdrawal and he said I could take Nytol. I'm not sure what country you are in but that is what it's called in the UK and is available over the counter. I think it's a good idea to talk to your doctor before taking anything to aid sleep. It's hard enough coming off medication but lack of sleep doesn't help at all. I try not to look at a clock as it can make you feel more anxious about getting sleep. It may be useful to research sleep hygiene. Is there something you could do to induce sleep such as reading? I am quite looking forward to coming off Mirtazipine too! Although I needed to put on a little weight I could do without the constant hunger. Georgie
  3. I think I've been taking Venlafaxine since March of this year. I started on 75mg and my psychiatrist increased the dose to 150mg at the end of June after it stopped working. It didn't help and I had bad headaches and dizziness. Last Friday he said he will take me off Venlafaxine and Mirtazipine and start me on Amitriptyline. I've been coming off Venalfazine by 37.5mg every 3 days. I have one more day of 37.5mg and then I stop. I think the normal way to withdraw is over a few weeks. I've been told dto do it in 9 or 10 days. I hadn't had any big effects until today. I feel like I've got the flu. I've got a horrible headache and I'm very dizzy. It's not a pleasant experience at all.
  4. Hi dmexdex, I recently had the same kind of problem with Venlafaxine. It was working great and then it stopped. After an increased dose (double) I had horrible side effects and it was not helping the depression. It may be that your body cannot tolerate the new dose. It would be a good idea to speak with your doctor but they may suggest you give it a bit longer. My doctor says it takes 3 - 4 weeks for a medication to start working and the same again for an increase but as always everyone reacts differently. There isn't any harm in contacting your doctor though, they're there to help. I hope you feel better soon.
  5. Hello, I'm not sure if this is in the right forum. I have told my manager and a select few individuals at work about my depression. I did this because I was at the point where I could just about function and I was worried about it affecting my work. I also felt that they should know as I have been experiencing some very strong side effects with various medications. We don't have any breaks during the day and only 30 minutes for lunch. I hope they understand when I need to just step outside for some fresh air every now and then when I need to have a few moments to myself. I am a first aid volunteer in my town and have been there for just over a year. In the first 8 or 9 months I put a lot of effort in and helped with as much as I could. Since my depression became quite severe I haven't done as much voluntary work as I had been. I have been doing the bare minimum at work, as a volunteer and in my personal life. As I am withdrawing from Venlafaxine and Mirtazipine within 9 or 10 days and starting a new medication, my psychiatrist has said that things may get very difficult for a little while. Obviously my health takes first priority but I still need to work to earn money. At the moment I am working part-time. I am not sure if I should tell the leader of the charity with whom I volunteer. We have weekly evening meetings and we are starting to get busy with public duties. Recently I have not felt well enough to attend many of our weekly meetings. I don't want them to think I do not want to volunteer any more. I want to tell them that I may not be able to do much in the coming weeks due to withdrawal and side effects. I would like to know who do you tell about your depression and why? If you do tell people, how much do you tell them? Thank you Georgie x
  6. Drivers who cut corners and drift over lanes through blind bends. Drivers who cut corners when pulling out of side roads towards you as you are turning into the road. Why drive straight into my path?! Noisy eaters. My hearing is sensitive to any noise that isn't necessary.
  7. I have a supportive family. Sometimes living with family can be a constant reminder of the childhood I am talking about in therapy. It would be nice to have my own space every so often. I have a couple of close friends who I can talk to. I have other friends but they keep a distance. I understand though, they have their own lives. I am employed. It's not the best paid job and I would like to leave but it's a job. I have reduced my working hours to part-time. I like photography. Just lately I have been struggling to take good photos with my new camera. I don't get out much but I hope to when I settle on the new medication. I live in a beautiful part of South East England. It's often used for television and film locations. I hope this depression will make me a stronger person and I will be able to use my experience to help others.
  8. Awful. I've just been to my psychiatrist and he wants me to come off Velafaxine and Mirtazipine quite quickly. 9 days for the Venlafaxine and 15 for the Mirtazipine. I start Amitriptyline in 12 days. I know it's going to be tough. Plus I'm having a lot of orthodontic work. I don't know how I will cope.
  9. I spoke with my therapist yesterday evening. I asked about moving on to the next process and she said I will know when I'm ready. At the moment I feel like I'm where I started. I feel as depressed now as I did 7 months ago. I've tried numerous counsellors. I've had CBT, life coaches and hypnotherapy. I've tried 6 medications. I knew something was wrong 9 years ago, I only got properly diagnosed in January of this year. I'm somehow managed to lead a fairly normal life (well that's what others see). There's a part of me that is writing myself off like it's a lost cause. I'm nearly ready to give in.
  10. Thanks for the links Trace. I'm on the 5 week of the increased does now and there's still no let up of the side effects. I worried about what my psychiatrist will do on Friday. If he increases the does, that may increase the side effects. I really don't want to change medications. From previous experiences withdrawing is awful. There's so much going on at the moment I'm not sure how much longer I can deal this.
  11. Hello, I'm new here too. I have already found it to be a very warming place. There are lots of people here with different experiences, treatment and severities of depression. I hope you find it useful too. G X
  12. Hello. When I feel really low I shut myself down. I only do the things necessary to get by that day. I suppose it's a bit like mindfulness. It helps to have something to get up for to get you going. Sometimes it's better to have things to keep you busy no matter how mundane they are. If you're doing the laundry, focus on the clothes. How do they feel? how many colours are there? If you're doing the dishes, how many colours can you see in the bubbles? what does the sponge feel like? If you're driving focus on your position on the road, open the window and feel the air. Put all of your concentration into driving. When you're tidying up, don't do it all at once. Take your time and think about each item you pick up. What is it's use? where does it belong? Cleaning is also good to do if you're feeling low. I don't know how it is for everyone else but I love to de-clutter! it de-clutters your mind too. Use notepads, post it notes , journals or a computer to make a list of everything on your mind and save it. Housework is dull, we all know that but use it to your advantage. Grab a sponge or whatever you need and scrub the bathroom. You can take out your frustrations on that sponge. When you've finished the bathroom will be gleaming, you've worked up a sweat and you've kept yourself busy. If you feel overloaded with things that you need to do, search for 'Time management matrix' on the web. It will help you visualise priorities. I did this and found that most of the things I was stressing about were not urgent and not important. They can wait a while! Your health and mental well being comes first. There is a section on this forum called One Step At A Time. There are lots of posts on how others cope. I hope that helps a little and that you start to feel better.
  13. Hi Mikey, Well done for making a huge step. It's difficult to talk about your feelings but your doctor needs to see how bad you feel. Have you told anyone else about how you feel? I remember going to my doctor last year. She has known about my problems for years but this time it was bad. My mum came with me for support. I began to tell the doctor but I couldn't keep the tears back. Fortunately my mum was able to tell the doctor what had been going on. I am so grateful for that support. We are all here to support you. You have started the journey to recovery.
  14. Hi there, I also feel that I don't have a valid reason for being depressed. It's frustrating isn't it? It is awful that your friend lost her baby. You're right, it must be really difficult for her. You sound like a compassionate person and this is a great quality. Remember, you are suffering too. Some people go through the most traumatic experiences and come out of it like it was a breeze. Others have an illness or disability but seem to be having a fun time. Others struggle to cope with the smallest of things. Everyone copes differently. I doubt you're a burden to your fiancé. I don't think he would be marrying you if you were. A lot of people think depression is all in the mind and others don't believe in it at all! I have always believed there is more to it, there's a biological or physical element to it. I started to think this when I would go into a depressive mood in an instant, with no trigger.Sometimes it's a combination of life experiences, trauma, biology, environment and situation. It is certainly not you're fault and I'm sure there are lots of other people on this forum who feel the same way as you do. It doesn't make you a bad person. You may feel weak because of how you feel but you can only come out of this stronger. Seeking help and even posting on this forum is a huge step forwards. You're not alone G x
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