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LyndaMM
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Depression worse in evening?

Posted by @lyndamm, Jul 22, 2016

I have Major Depression, recurrent. I take Prozac for my depression, I’ve tried several others but Prozac works best for me. I also take Effexor, low dose, to help cope with the hot flashes and other side effects of the drug I’m on to try to prevent a return of breast cancer. Recently I have found that my depression gets worse in the evening, I hate to see the evening come aound. Does anyone else experience this and if so how do you cope? Right now my depression is a little worse but I think it’s due to having had open heart surgery 7 weeks ago.

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Lynda, I’d like to bring a few members into the conversation @kareniowa @nhaegele @liz223 @dawn_giacabazi @wolfer1975 who have written about depressaion, as well as @crhp194 and @thankful who haven’t written about depression and anxiety as well as managing heart issues.

You may also be interested in joining this discussion https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-have-been-on-so-many-anti-depressants-over-the-past-35/

@lyndamm, how do you help yourself face the dread of the evening coming around?

I can tell you what I do every evening to reduce my depression or anxiety. I self medicate and that, along with my many meds, has been a lifesaver.

Hi Lynda,
Would love to share information on biofeedback. Here is a great link.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/biofeedback/home/ovc-20169724

The training I received involved several electical monitoring devices. They taught me how to contral my breathing, heart rate, muscles, body temp. Then we made a recording of one of my training sessions for the difficult times and need a reminder on how to do it.

Most insurance companies cover this therapy. You can receive biofeedback training in physical therapy clinics, medical centers and hospitals.

Sorry, I can’t help with this because I dread getting up in the morning. It is my time to procrastinate. The longer I stay the worse it gets. Eventually I get up. I am retired now so I don’t have a set time to get up unless I have something scheduled for the day. What I have found helpful is setting my alarm for 10 minutes before I want to get up and allow myself to hit the snooze button only once. When it does off again I throw my legs over the side of the bed and get up. It works for me.

@colleenyoung

Lynda, I’d like to bring a few members into the conversation @kareniowa @nhaegele @liz223 @dawn_giacabazi @wolfer1975 who have written about depressaion, as well as @crhp194 and @thankful who haven’t written about depression and anxiety as well as managing heart issues.

You may also be interested in joining this discussion https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-have-been-on-so-many-anti-depressants-over-the-past-35/

@lyndamm, how do you help yourself face the dread of the evening coming around?

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Before the surgery I tried to stay busy in the evening. Now by evening I’m so tired and hurting that I haven’t found anything that helps. I have always read a lot so I’m trying to read in the evening. In the past I used to cross stitch but I just haven’t felt like doing that in months.

@callalily74

I can tell you what I do every evening to reduce my depression or anxiety. I self medicate and that, along with my many meds, has been a lifesaver.

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How do you self medicate? What do you use to self medicate?

@dawn_giacabazi

Hi Lynda,
Would love to share information on biofeedback. Here is a great link.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/biofeedback/home/ovc-20169724

The training I received involved several electical monitoring devices. They taught me how to contral my breathing, heart rate, muscles, body temp. Then we made a recording of one of my training sessions for the difficult times and need a reminder on how to do it.

Most insurance companies cover this therapy. You can receive biofeedback training in physical therapy clinics, medical centers and hospitals.

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Thank you, Dawn. I have heard of using biofeedback for anxiety, I have never seen it used for depression. I would love to try it, however, I live in a very small town and we have very limited medical facilities. How often did you have to go to the training, I get all my medical care in a large town over the mountains but it is anywhere from 1 1/2 hours To 2 hours travel time one way. I will look into this and see if anywhere near here offers biofeedback. Again, thank you .

I totally understand, for years I got up at 5 am to get to work on time and since my retirement I sleep later. Before the heart surgery, I made myself get up by 8am but now I’m sleeping till 9:30 am and later. I will work on that after I feel a little better.

@colleenyoung

Lynda, I’d like to bring a few members into the conversation @kareniowa @nhaegele @liz223 @dawn_giacabazi @wolfer1975 who have written about depressaion, as well as @crhp194 and @thankful who haven’t written about depression and anxiety as well as managing heart issues.

You may also be interested in joining this discussion https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-have-been-on-so-many-anti-depressants-over-the-past-35/

@lyndamm, how do you help yourself face the dread of the evening coming around?

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Right now I haven’t found anything that works. I’ve always read a lot in the past and I’m trying to do that again. Before the heart surgery I tried to stay busy in the evening, but now by the evening I am so tired and hurt so much that I am just sitting in my recliner.

@callalily74

I can tell you what I do every evening to reduce my depression or anxiety. I self medicate and that, along with my many meds, has been a lifesaver.

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Do you mean you self meditate? I did mediation many years ago and maybe that’s an idea to try again. I think I’ll try that for the next week and see if that helps. Thank you for your suggestion.

@dawn_giacabazi

Hi Lynda,
Would love to share information on biofeedback. Here is a great link.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/biofeedback/home/ovc-20169724

The training I received involved several electical monitoring devices. They taught me how to contral my breathing, heart rate, muscles, body temp. Then we made a recording of one of my training sessions for the difficult times and need a reminder on how to do it.

Most insurance companies cover this therapy. You can receive biofeedback training in physical therapy clinics, medical centers and hospitals.

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@lyndam I received my training from my psychologist who was helping me with pain control and depression. I went 1 day a week. I has able to change my blood pressure, pulse rate, body temp by my 3rd visit the 4th visit made our tape and that was all I did. However he was my doc for about a year so decrease to monthly routine follow ups and once it a while he would hook me up to make sure i was still on track. Haven’t seen him since 2002.

I take no medications for this. Just the biofeed back & the might Lord above. 😉

@dawn_giacabazi

Hi Lynda,
Would love to share information on biofeedback. Here is a great link.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/biofeedback/home/ovc-20169724

The training I received involved several electical monitoring devices. They taught me how to contral my breathing, heart rate, muscles, body temp. Then we made a recording of one of my training sessions for the difficult times and need a reminder on how to do it.

Most insurance companies cover this therapy. You can receive biofeedback training in physical therapy clinics, medical centers and hospitals.

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I think you need to think of yourself as experiencing normal emotions. The Mayo web site lists depression as an after effect on open heart surgery. I know I could not read in the hospital nor even a lot now after 9 weeks. Walking and any kind of physical exercise that I am able to do help both the fatigue and the depression though both are still there somewhat. Evenings I rent movies that take me away from myself. Give yourself time-pamper yourself-you deserve it.

@callalily74

I can tell you what I do every evening to reduce my depression or anxiety. I self medicate and that, along with my many meds, has been a lifesaver.

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Self medicate with what? I have a prescription for Ambien for sleep as needed which I don’t take that often as these meds are addicting.

@colleenyoung

Lynda, I’d like to bring a few members into the conversation @kareniowa @nhaegele @liz223 @dawn_giacabazi @wolfer1975 who have written about depressaion, as well as @crhp194 and @thankful who haven’t written about depression and anxiety as well as managing heart issues.

You may also be interested in joining this discussion https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-have-been-on-so-many-anti-depressants-over-the-past-35/

@lyndamm, how do you help yourself face the dread of the evening coming around?

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My depression is worse in the morning. I hate getting up in the morning and facing the day. I’m not sure why your depression is worse in the evening. It could be that you are over tired or if you have insomnia you are dreading going to bed. Part of your depression may be because you’ve had two major things happen in your life. You’ve had breast cancer and open heart surgery. I’ve read that many people get depressed after having open hear surgery. You didn’t mention if you had depression before these two events or not. Maybe someone else on this board has a better answer for you. Good luck.

Minnie 1971

@callalily74

I can tell you what I do every evening to reduce my depression or anxiety. I self medicate and that, along with my many meds, has been a lifesaver.

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I hope you don’t mean self medicate. Self medicating and taking your meds at the same time is a recipe for disaster! That is how people die while on prescription meds and alcohol. I’m sorry if I misunderstood you.

Minnie1971

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