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Hello All,

Reading through all of your posts and replies I am moved by the kindness of perfect strangers who are willing to share their experiences and support.

The title kind of sums up my situation… I am in my early 30’s and have struggled with anxiety and depression since late adolescence/early teens. About 6-8 months ago I got off the medication (venlafaxine) It was the last stop on a train of various similar meds for over a decade. Felling like a slave, and tired of sexual, and other side effects... I wanted to face myself for the first time in a long time with the hopes I had developed tools to overcome my anxiety/depression that I lacked years back when I started meds… I followed a careful withdrawal over 6 weeks. As I am sure many of you know, the withdrawal was torturous once I finally stopped… Once I got out of he woods I swore I would never go back. I experienced a few months (give or take) of normalcy and I dare say “confident happiness.” Healthy diet, exercise, hope, and I immersed myself in the task of taking control of my life, health, and future. I am not sure If I ever felt better. It didn’t last… I tried natural remedies, etc… nothing really made a dent.

So here I am… As much as I am conflicted on the topic, I fear medication is a must at this point. I have tried everything to avoid it and I am out of options. I have literally ground to a halt… Professionally and personally, I almost don’t exist at this point. I am looking for a Psychiatrist and it is frustrating! My therapist reccomended a few and ss of today, the soonest appointment available is 6 weeks from now! My primary care would prescribe an SSRI or something in a blink, but I am leery.

So I know I have rambled a bit more than is intended in this section so I will leave it there and simply say thank you all for sharing and I look forward to learning from your experiences. Its nice to feel a little less alone in this.

J

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J,

I have tried the natural supplements too with no help. Sometimes medication is the only way to go and I'm glad you are open to that. It takes a lot of trial and error to find the right one or combo and I hope you find something soon that works for you. This is a great place to come and vent and even chime in on others who need help, it makes you feel a little better knowing you may have helped someone else in a similar situation or just sharing with people in the same boat. You are definitely not alone in this or this forum wouldn't have so many members!

Welcome to our family.

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Hi JayB, and welcome to DF! We are glad to have you here. You are certainly NOT alone in how you feel. I think a lot of people here can relate.

Sometimes, medication is the only thing that will help. That's been true for me, in dealing with my depression, anxiety/panic, and OCD.

Taysmom is right that finding the right meds is a trial and error process. I'm glad to hear you will be seeing a psychiatrist, as they are much more knowledgeable about mental illnesses, and the medications used to treat those illnesses, than a regular doctor is.

You can always come here to DF for emotional support, and understanding people to talk to. We're glad you are here.

I hope your psychiatrist will find the right med(s) for you soon.

Best wishes, and take care.

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Thank you both for your kind words and encouragement. I am glad to be here. I see my therapist tomorrow and I am hoping he can recommend a reputable Dr. who can see me sooner than 6 weeks or call in a favor or something. Now that I have conceded to the idea of medication, I am anxious to get going and start rebuilding. I don't want to spend a second longer feeling like this than I have to. Fingers crossed. I will post my progress; Thank you again for the kind welcome.

J

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