Clinical Depression

Posted by maw258 @maw258, Jun 21, 2019

I have all but a couple of symptoms listed under Clinical Depression. Due to my age, I'm not open to starting on an anti-depressant for help with it because of the statistics sighting possible cause of early dementia onset as an affect from the meds. I believe I do know what threw me INTO this state of being but since it is my family and my career there's not much I can do to remove the stress and causes. Hoping someone out there has some suggestions on how to deal and get my health and character back. I'm 61 and feel 91. I want to live … I want my joy back …

Anddddddddd furthermore MY PCP AGREED TO CALL THE RX IN WITHOUT ME MAKING AN OFFICE VISIT APPOINTMENT!!!!!!! IT HAS TO BE THE RIGHT THING TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm soooooooo ready for it to be ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess everyone is different on what time of day you take an antidepressant? Morning? Night? I have no idea what to even expect! Is it normal to be THIS excited????????????????? LOL. I consider you all my new friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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@maw258

Anddddddddd furthermore MY PCP AGREED TO CALL THE RX IN WITHOUT ME MAKING AN OFFICE VISIT APPOINTMENT!!!!!!! IT HAS TO BE THE RIGHT THING TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm soooooooo ready for it to be ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess everyone is different on what time of day you take an antidepressant? Morning? Night? I have no idea what to even expect! Is it normal to be THIS excited????????????????? LOL. I consider you all my new friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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@maw258 hopefully the prescription will state the time to take it. Generally doctors recommend morning because some antidepressants can cause problems with sleep when first taken. I have no problems with mine and I take all of mine before I go to bed. Please be aware as others have stated that antidepressants can take 6 weeks to take full effect. They have a relatively long half-life so they do build up in you over time.
I am glad you found us here.

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@maw258

Anddddddddd furthermore MY PCP AGREED TO CALL THE RX IN WITHOUT ME MAKING AN OFFICE VISIT APPOINTMENT!!!!!!! IT HAS TO BE THE RIGHT THING TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm soooooooo ready for it to be ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess everyone is different on what time of day you take an antidepressant? Morning? Night? I have no idea what to even expect! Is it normal to be THIS excited????????????????? LOL. I consider you all my new friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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wow!

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@maw258

Yes, therapy was ok. Perhaps I just wasn't fortunate enough to find THE right professionals I needed. One reason I joined this group! I had alot of things happen in a fairly short period of time; family issues, marital, illnesses, caregiving, deaths. I THOUGHT I was handling it all ok, realizing it was alot, but I've always been a strong character and strong in my faith in God. This last even happened during 2018 and ultimately ended in yet another death. I'm alone most of the time other than the weekdays while I'm at work. It's like my office and my house are my safe places and I reallyyyyy hate that part. Limits me terribly. Thank you for replying though. I'm going to reach out to my cardiologist and PCP to get their opinions; both are aware of all I've gone through and continue to go through.

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Hello @maw258,

I have been reading your posts and the posts of others in the Connect community and I see that you are getting some very caring responses to your problems. Since part of your experience was the death of a loved one, I'd like to invite you to join our discussion on Loss and Grief. Here is the link to take you to these discussions, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/loss-grief//
Just click on the link and read and join in the discussions about grief. I think you will be helped by this as well.

Have you been part of a grief support group yet? If not, that might be a good first step.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you again.

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@maw258

Anddddddddd furthermore MY PCP AGREED TO CALL THE RX IN WITHOUT ME MAKING AN OFFICE VISIT APPOINTMENT!!!!!!! IT HAS TO BE THE RIGHT THING TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm soooooooo ready for it to be ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess everyone is different on what time of day you take an antidepressant? Morning? Night? I have no idea what to even expect! Is it normal to be THIS excited????????????????? LOL. I consider you all my new friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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@maw258 I,ve been following all the post to you and am glad you reached out to your Dr. The prescription will tell you when to take it if not call the pharmacist they know more about medicines then Dr,s since they are Dr,s also. Take them one day at a time and don't expect results after one pill it will take at least a week before you see and feel significantly better . Happy for you

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Hi, @maw258 – how are you doing? How has it gone being back on an antidepressant? What medication did the doctor prescribe for you?

@kamama94 – you mentioned having had some side effects with fluoxetine (Prozac) and also bupropion (Wellbutrin). Have you been taking anything else instead?

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@lisalucier

Hi, @maw258 – how are you doing? How has it gone being back on an antidepressant? What medication did the doctor prescribe for you?

@kamama94 – you mentioned having had some side effects with fluoxetine (Prozac) and also bupropion (Wellbutrin). Have you been taking anything else instead?

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I took Zoloft for quite awhile and it worked well until I started getting tremors similar to tardive diskinesia. My new pcp suggested I try Duloxitene (Cymbalta) since I also have fibromyalgia and it's working great. Thanks for asking.

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@kamama94

I took Zoloft for quite awhile and it worked well until I started getting tremors similar to tardive diskinesia. My new pcp suggested I try Duloxitene (Cymbalta) since I also have fibromyalgia and it's working great. Thanks for asking.

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@kamama94, @lisalucier Good afternoon, I am glad to hear that you have found Duloxetine (Cymbalta) helpful. I am also a new user. It seems to manage the anxiety pretty well. What time of day do you take it? And are you on 60 mg a day? Have you noticed any fatigue in the afternoon? For never being a nap taker, I am finding myself dosing off about 3 pm every day. Just wondering, not that I want to change anything. Maybe at this age, a nap is a good thing. May you have happiness today. Chris

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@artscaping

@kamama94, @lisalucier Good afternoon, I am glad to hear that you have found Duloxetine (Cymbalta) helpful. I am also a new user. It seems to manage the anxiety pretty well. What time of day do you take it? And are you on 60 mg a day? Have you noticed any fatigue in the afternoon? For never being a nap taker, I am finding myself dosing off about 3 pm every day. Just wondering, not that I want to change anything. Maybe at this age, a nap is a good thing. May you have happiness today. Chris

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@artscaping, I take 60 mg Duloxitene every morning. But as for afternoon fatigue and dozing off due to the medication, I can't tell since with fibromyalgia I'm usually pretty tired by 3 PM. At age 73–next-month-74, a nap after lunch happens when I elevate my feet in the recliner to help with edema from CKD and heart failure and my service dog decides it's cuddle time – I nearly always fall asleep for an hour or more. But I've napped after lunch all my life whenever I could so I don't think that's related to meds even though Cymbalta can make a person drowsy.

And happiness today to you also. Thanks!

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@kamama94

@artscaping, I take 60 mg Duloxitene every morning. But as for afternoon fatigue and dozing off due to the medication, I can't tell since with fibromyalgia I'm usually pretty tired by 3 PM. At age 73–next-month-74, a nap after lunch happens when I elevate my feet in the recliner to help with edema from CKD and heart failure and my service dog decides it's cuddle time – I nearly always fall asleep for an hour or more. But I've napped after lunch all my life whenever I could so I don't think that's related to meds even though Cymbalta can make a person drowsy.

And happiness today to you also. Thanks!

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@kamama94, I understand about the 70's….everything changes. Happy August Birthday. And thanks for responding. Chris

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