Are antidepressants not working for you? Bipolar?

@loujac3 (1188)
United States
May 30, 2007 10:06pm CST
I have been on just about every antidepressant on the market. After the last one, Effexor XR and having it increased I found that I was only getting worse. I was becoming suicidal and I was to the point that if they couldn't help me then I was ready to the exit, stage left. I phoned the doctor and I went in. I had spoken to the dacot about this before and I read the book, Why Am I Still Depressed? I had a discussion with the doctor and explained to him what I expected. I have since been weaned off Effexor and I am on the low dose trial of Lamictal. I have never felt this good about life and my depression has done a 180. I can deal with the traumas that used to put me in a tailspin. All the little problems that used to feel like mountains are not an issue anymore. I am able to deal with the financial problems and everything is one day at a time. I really have to say that I am impressed! I really feel that all the antidepressants were causing me to get worse and worse over the years I was on them. Where are you with your depression and are you feeling at rock bottom? Are you taking Lamictal and getting reaults? There are so many out there who suffer and sharing our results is helpful.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
1 Jun 07
When I am depressed, I just keep quiet and alone to myself. I try not to take any anti-depressants for fear of being addicted. I try to get myself out of the depressive state by doing something different. I would go to the beach and watch the waves.
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@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
1 Jun 07
Being alone and quiet are part of the signs of depression. I found that antidepressants were making my condition worse. I finally told my doctor to take me off them and get me onto something that I had researched. I am so thankful that I did because I am feeling so much better and I can deal with the daily stress and hassles that used to take me over the edge. I do miss the beach but I have planned some time off to go in July and I will meet a friend there and enjoy the free time.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
31 May 07
I am on amatriptiline (spelling?) I am not doing much better yet but I have hopes. I have never felt like this before so it is all new to me. I got till I could not even leave my home. It was not fun at all. We have to drive 3 hours one way just to see my Doctor and Therapist. I have been like this since November but did not seek medical help until about lately.
@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
31 May 07
I am glad that you are seeking help. It is not easy living with these problems. I never thought I would find anything to help me get to a level that I would feel at peace with the world and what was happening around me. This is great but I fear that it might end. I just pray and trust that I have found the answer and that I can now get on with my life.
• United States
12 Nov 09
Hello! I am so glad to hear the Lamictal is making you feel better. You didn't mention whether or not you are Bipolar. The reason I am asking is because I am type II bipolar (more depressive basically), and the Lamictal has worked wonders. Also, with Bipolar, I am told to avoid antidepressants by themselves. In combos they should be ok. For myself, all I can say is I was on Lexapro, and Wellbutrin before that; neither of which made me feel better at all. Since having started the lamictal I feel so much better! I am on 150mg once a day and it's great. No more worrying and/or flipping out over little things. I just deal with things with a clear head (which I never knew I had lol). I've even started enjoying things that I hadn't enjoyed in 12 years. It's neat rediscovering who I am. I really hope the lamictal continues to work well for you.