Thursday, February 10, 2011

It is Time

I think that next time I see the Med Doctor that I should explore changing up my meds. Currently, I take the generic forms of Prozac and Wellbutrin. They really helped me. From when I first started this blog I could tell how sad, down and very depressed I was. In the almost 3 years that I have been writing about my struggles, I have gone from a low time to a content time.

Over the last month or so, I know that I am sliding down a slippery slope. I can not get out of bed for anything even for things I want to do on the weekend. I have really been beating myself up and believing it.  I sometimes would rather be alone then around people.

I found this “Are You Depressed?” check list from Helpguide.org:

If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.

  • you can’t sleep or you sleep too much  - CHECK – too much
  • you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult – see above, cleaning, every day tasks
  • you feel hopeless and helpless – double check
  • you can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try – see yesterday’s post
  • you have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating – not really
  • you are much more irritable and short-tempered than usual – not really
  • you have thoughts that life is not worth living (Seek help immediately if this is the case) – not currently

Yep, I think it is time to fiddle with the meds. I did not need the list to know I was depressed but it hit home when I looked.

Tomorrow morning, I have my therapy appointment. I have some stuff to talk about for sure.

2 comments:

  1. I am NOT a doctor but I was on meds and after a nasty scare and a trip to ICU for 2 days...I went off them and my mom found a vitamin supplement --it is called sublingual (vit b6 --and 12 I think, and folic acid) and I started taking those. I felt better within a week or 2 and I have not gone back on any med's since. They are vitamins that are for stress and heart health. Might be worth a look! (I buy mine at the drug store without a prescription...my doc was very supportive of my finding a new med supplement)
    I totally get where you are coming from! I have been there... and still get there some days.
    Hang in there!

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  2. A friend kept a running tab on her PDA (back when we used them) of the antidepressants her friends had tried/were using. She wanted to get back on them and was trying to decide which was best. I think I'd tried most of them! Prozac, Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Effexor, St. John's Wort supplements...it was quite a list! I learned that each person responds differently, so you need to find a drug or combo that works for you. You might also just need a change. I think many of the drugs are meant to be used temporarily, so if you've been on it for a while you might need to mix it up.

    Effexor worked best for me. But then again, maybe I was just in a better position for recovery during that episode. Good luck with finding what works for you. Your exercise regimen with help, too. It's amazing the effect a healthy body can have on your brain.

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