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  1. I have been on Valdoxan 25 for six months ( added to Remeron which I had been on for few months )and it worked wonderfully, probably the most effective AD I have ever been on. but my depression came back so my doctor increased the dose to 50mg two weeks ago. Has anyone experienced any relief from increasing Valdoxan dosage ? I have been feeling worse than before increasing the dosage, it used to help me sleep but now I can't sleep at all after taking it, the anxiety is just as bad as my sleep. any help/tips would be very appreciated
  2. I was on Seroquel XR ( started with 50 mg and worked my way up to 200mg )for one year and stopped two months ago. The withdrawal symptoms weren't as bad as I thought they would be and were completely gone within two weeks. I experienced Insomnia but I was prepared because you can never get off seroquel without experiencing insomnia, as you probably have noticed it knocks you out completely. and I was anxious and irritable for a week but nothing too severe. I have been on Remeron for over a year and it helps with insomnia, after the first week of withdrawal my body got used to responding to Remeron only without the seroquel and i've never slept better.
  3. Thank you and your advice is very helpful. what did you do when you felt guilty ? is there anything that justifies forcing yourself to stay in a situation where it's too dreadful ? I know that I should always look after myself and my feelings but I keep thinking ( what if I'm the reason they feel lonely because I'm not there for them as much as I should be ) ( could I have made them happier if I hadn't isolated myself ? ) and so on. I realize this is the depression talking and having this illness isn't my fault but that doesn't really ease the pain. The guilt isn't always as intense as its now but i guess i'm just having one of those days..
  4. Thank you for the tips. Yeah I am on medications and have been ever since I was diagnosed with MDD.
  5. Most of the time when i'm feeling really low I can't talk to my family nor have the energy or interest to engage in a long conversation, I try to be as nice as possible but I feel bad and guilty about it. I have never been the social type even before I was diagnosed with MDD 7 years ago. but whenever I suffer a new depressive episode it becomes a lot harder..and I prefer to be in my room most of the day ( watching shows online, reading.. etc) I never turn anyone down if they have a problem or something important to say but when its just pointless talk and gossip I hate it. I go to school in another country but I come home at least once a month for the weekend and for two months in the summer and everyone gets so chatty and I feel obligated to listen and talk. They always wanna hang out and stuff but most of the time i'm not in the mood. I understand they wanna be with me before I go back to school again which makes me feel horribly guilty. How do you guys deal with this ? I try to force myself sometimes to be with everyone but I get restless and agitated very quickly specially if my young nephews and nieces make so much noise.
  6. maybe it's a good thing your psychiatrist referred you to another doctor, now you can get a second opinion. maybe you should stay on Remeron until you see the new psychiatrist ? because sometimes it's not that you need to switch to a different antidepressants but you simply need to add another one especially if your depression is the treatment-resistant type, of course your psychiatrist should be the one to decide. if you don't think it's helping you at all neither with depression nor Insomnia then obviously the benefits don't outweigh the risks ( Remeron has been linked to diabetes in patients with family history of this disease, probably because of the weight gain it causes ). Currently I take.. Remeron 30 mg, Valdoxan 25 ( which replaced Cymbalta ) Ritalin 60 mg and I also took seroquel XR for few months when my depression hit rock bottom and I had suicidal thoughts 24/7 but i'm off of it now.
  7. I have been on Remeron for about 10 months now and for the first 4 months I was on Cymbalta too, worked well for a while but my psychiatrist replaced it with other meds when my depression came back. Remeron is great, its certainly not enough for my depression so I take it along with other meds but will definitely stay on it because it kills my insomnia, I haven't taken any Ambien since I started Remeron. I hope the combo works for you, i'm optimistic about it because I too never experienced any relief on SSRIs and I tried all of them except for Prozac but SNRIs and other classes like Remeron have always worked for me. Good luck and keep us posted.
  8. it's not that simple, sometimes we just CAN'T think positively. and in order for thoughts to have influence on mood they have to be somewhat real or based on something you've experienced before. For instance let's say my antidepressants stop working so I have to go through the whole process of trying new meds again and see whether they work or not which always takes several months. How can I think positively and get all hopeful and convince my brain that "it's gonna be easy and it won't take long" when I know It has always taken me forever to get the right meds. Sure I can think positively and fake it as much as I want but it won't make me any less depressed when deep inside I know these thoughts/expectations are barely realistic. Also, Since depression is caused by hormonal imbalance, this imbalance certainly affects the way we think and process thoughts. which explains why we gain some control over our thoughts when the meds correct this imbalance and how we lose this ability to control them when the meds stop working. so maybe the way we think is simply the outcome of the way our brains function and we aren't really as in control as we think we are of our thinking processes. Sorry if i'm not making any sense
  9. I believe the way we think certainly has an impact on our feelings. However, this rule might apply differently for people with depression. When I'm very depressed or my medications are no longer so effective I can't snap out of the low mood by trying to get excited about something or by reading any positive inspirational stories...etc. and the harder I try to replace the negative thoughts by positive thoughts the worse I feel. but when my depression is lifting and I'm able to think somewhat positively self help books and positive thoughts help boost my mood. People who think positive thinking can cure depression have clearly never suffered from depression. Just the way negativity can't CAUSE depression, my parents complain 24/7 about everything and expect the worst in everything and everyone but they have never been depressed, I on the other hand study psychology always reading and learning have been to therapy trying to be positive and none of this can help me if my medications stop working.
  10. Xanax helped me with anxiety but like alcohol it's a depressant and high doses or long term use can definitely cause or worsen depression. so if your depression is induced by anxiety and racing thoughts it probably will help you but be careful with this drug it's NOT meant to be taken long term. I was on it for about a year and although I knew its addictive I didn't know it CAUSES depression, as soon as I got off the drug my depression improved significantly. Good luck
  11. Extreme Anxiety is the first symptom I get whenever I relapse and/or my meds stop working, but it doesn't last for too long, unlike hopelessness and Despair which persists most days of the year and don't respond to meds and psychotherapy even when my depression is "under control". so yeah, feelings of hopelessness despair and low motivation are the worst, not because of their severity but because they almost never go away.
  12. I haven't gained ( or lost ) any weight from Gabapentin and it's been a year now.
  13. I have taken seroquel in both forms regular and XR along with other antidepressants for Depression Anxiety and Insomnia. I have been off of it for a month now but it really did help me a lot with the anxiety and Insomnia, I started with 25 mg and worked my way up to 200 mg. I experienced some vivid dreams the first two weeks and it wasn't pleasant at all but this side effect went away when my body got used to the drug.
  14. I'm sorry to hear that and i'm glad you shared your concerns and I hope you get the support you need, I often feel lost and confused too and tell my therapist that I feel ( i'm traveling in life with no destination ) but honestly I don't think anyone is really certain about what they want in life and according to my shrink.. Life can't be planned. Missing work without informing your boss or colleagues or not getting along with them doesn't really have anything to do with ADD ( in my opinion ), maybe you don't really like what you do ? also remember that depression and anxiety impair memory and cognitive function big time ! whenever I suffer a depression relapse I can't do the easiest tasks nor really understand lectures ( even if i'm on Ritalin). if the short attention span is the problem, maybe you should give ADD medications a chance before quitting your job ? Adult ADD is common and I wouldn't have made it at school if it wasn't for the meds. Don't worry about missing work, it happens and I hope you won't get fired but in worst case scenario ... you can always find a new job hopefully a better one.
  15. This is why it's never a good idea to start two psychiatric medications at the same time, you can't possibly know which medication is responsible for each side effect. I have been on Ritalin for a few years now ( i'm 25 ) and it's a miracle drug for me, i'm sure I wouldn't have been able to be a straight A student if it's not for Ritalin and I do have adult ADD. headaches are a very common side effect of Ritalin and hopefully it will go away once your body gets used to the drug, sometimes the headache is caused by sleep deprivation or dehydration which are also results of using Ritalin, in my case the insomnia never really went away but if you take your last dose 5 or 6 hours before you go to bed you will be fine. you are on a VERY small dosage so i wouldn't worry. Also, Ritalin is often prescribed along with other antidepressants for patients with MDD and I do feel it helps, it doesn't really lift up my mood but when i'm on it I can focus and not fail behind in school and it helps me with the lack of motivation and fatigue caused by depression. good luck
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