What have you had to go through dealing with depression and anxiety?

@lalav1 (1056)
United States
November 7, 2006 3:15pm CST
It took me more than a year to figure out which meds would work for me after finally getting a correct diagnosis of my inherited condition. I tried Paxil which made me feel terrible. Didn't want to try anything after that. Much later I got to the point where I felt like crying all the time and was so anxious I could barely speak. My ex-counselor referred me to an endocrinologist and he was the right doctor to go to. He gave me Zoloft which took away my depression. My anxiety took forever to get under some control. So, I am now collecting disability because I can not work. I take 3 meds and I can take as many as 5 valium when I go out to calm me. I feel lucky to finally have gotten this under control pretty well now. It was really rough going for awhile. I am very happy now!!
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• United States
8 Nov 06
I was on Lexapro for about 1 1/2 years. I am now weaning off it. When I first was prescribed the anti-depressant I was dealing with a friend who was just diagnosed with terminal cancer. It only took a week before I was feeling better. I no longer would cry at the drop of a hand. Now that my emotions are under control, it is time to see if I can face the world without the medication.
@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
8 Nov 06
I hope you are successful. My anxiety and depression symptoms seemed to increase as I had more stress in my life, laid off jobs twice in 5 years and my sister became ill and passed away from cancer. In my case though the doctors determined it wasn't just situational depression and anxiety. I was born with a predisposition for it. My sister had the same thing. I'm sorry for your loss and hope everything is much better soon.
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• United States
8 Nov 06
I take each day as it comes now. It is not easy coping with the hardships of life.
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
16 Nov 06
That's really all you can do. Think positive and hope for better times. You never know what's just around the corner for you in life. Some things are really rough and some things can be really wonderful.
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@Falina77 (223)
• United States
16 Nov 06
I dont know how to respond but Ive been depressed and It was cuz I was going through a lot , I never went to get diagnosed , I just worked and slept , and drank alot, not good, but I felt better talking to people I trusted and of course time, so Im sorry if I could not help. :(
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
16 Nov 06
Your response is helpful because there is situational depression as well as an inherited condition. Most people in their lives go through depression at one time or another due to extreme stress, losing a loved one,etc. Talking about your problems is one of the best things you can due to get through them.
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@jaimee (97)
• Philippines
14 Nov 06
I have been on seroquel, depakote, and flupentixol ever since I had a nervous breakdown last April. I had to quit my job because it became difficult for me to understand anything going around me, social anxiety, and panic attacks when going to the office. I believe I had a genetic predisposition to it too, because I had been on unbearable stress ever since I was little, just doing the simplest of things, and would easily be offended or irritated. I still feel crummy, and i feel tired and stressed,just typing on my computer or trying to talk to people. Everything is jumbled in my head. I am going to try neurotherapy, because I don't want to rely on meds.
@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
16 Nov 06
I had to quit working as well, I felt like crying every minute of the day, confused and overwhelmed. Also, I was so anxious I could barely talk. Sometimes meds have to be adjusted, increased or decreased gradually due to side affects or your condition.
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@denax1 (708)
• United States
13 Nov 06
I am glad you are feeling happy. My doctor prescribe prozac for me many years ago. He prescribed it for my migraines, not depression or anxiety. It turns out the low doses of prozac helps to keep the one hormone that can cause migraines level. Anyway, since I've been on it for years now, I can not come off it. If I try to stop I become very depressed, cry and feel horrible about myself and my life. I went to see a neurologist about my migraines the other month. She put me on a new medication called topomax. She said to slowly wean off the prozac. I have tried but I just can't do it. I don't like the way I feel when I start to come off it. I think that I may need the medicine for other reasons now, besides my migraines.
@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
16 Nov 06
If it works for you I would stay on it the Prozac. If you don't feel good on it, see an endocrinologist. I've had migraines too, they are awful. Good Luck and be well.
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• United States
8 Nov 06
No meds. Just cry..and pray.
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
8 Nov 06
If your depression and/or anxiety is ongoing you may want to look into counseling and or medication. If you go to a doctor, go to an endocrinologist.
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@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
21 Nov 06
With depression, anxiety, etc. it can often take going through several different medications before finding one that works right, and without side effects that are too severe or bothersome. Experts always say to try therapy, but again this can be hit or miss depending on the therapist and the client/patient and how the two work together. Depression is one of the most costly illnesses in the world, according to the World Health Organization, in terms of lost productivity, to say nothing of the suffering it causes. Fortunately it's more recognized today and there are better treatments available. If anyone is experiencing depression or severe anxiety or similar symptoms, don't be hesitant to see about getting help. Lots of people suffer needlessly because they think they're just sad people or that they're weak or that they deserve to suffer, it's their fault, etc.
• United States
25 Jun 07
i dont take meds, i just need counseling, and deep down inside i think thats all that most people need its just that meds are easier.
@laltu86 (1253)
• India
22 Jun 07
My best remides for tension and depression are my friends and my parents i talk to them, and i see all my tension i srelives all my problems solved at least i see a solution to my problems.