depression/anxiety

Posted by brit @brit, Jan 10, 2019

I have had depression for quite a few year now. I am in my 70's and found it harder to deal with. My psychiatrist has been working with me trying to find the best medication. So far no luck. He is very dedicated and does a great job trying to help. Right now I am takin 2 medications but they don't seem to do the
job either. They are Doxepin 25 mg and chlordiazepox. Help!

I have to report that the mouthpiece I started using about a week ago seems to making a difference with my sleep apnea. I am dreaming again, and I do wake up with less anxiety and irritability. I’m almost afraid to say that it’s helpubg with my depression because my meds will help one day for an hour or two then stop working. It is so frustrating because you think you have the right meds and then realize that something is not working like it should.
Anyone have bipolar as a diagnosis? Just wonder if anyone else LOVES TO GO SHOPPING. This typical behavior has put me in a financial bind.

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Really? I thought most of the new ones have insomnia as a side effect. I'd love an antidepressant that also treats insomnia. That would be wonderful!

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@kpmirabito

Is there ever a right medication or combination of medications? I’ve been trying different meds for years; at first I feel like I’m better but then I’m right back where I started. I’m going thru a difficult period of totally not caring about anything & of laziness. Which comes first ~ the depression or laziness? I sleep 10 hours a night & 2 hours a day; I just can’t break out of the cycle.

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I don’t think you are lazy at all. One of the symptoms of depression is not sleeping enough or sleeping too much. I think what you are calling laziness is tiredness and lack of energy as a result if the depression. I totally can relate. They are days when I could stay in bed all day. Try to be patient with yourself. It is a very difficult illness to deal with. I’ve found that lying in bed from fatigue that depression can cause is much easier than the irritability resulting from a mixed state that I experience. The irritability is more painful in my
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@kpmirabito

Is there ever a right medication or combination of medications? I’ve been trying different meds for years; at first I feel like I’m better but then I’m right back where I started. I’m going thru a difficult period of totally not caring about anything & of laziness. Which comes first ~ the depression or laziness? I sleep 10 hours a night & 2 hours a day; I just can’t break out of the cycle.

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Depression is hard. I have depression too. Severe at times. It always a juggling act with meds, side effects. Make sure you have a support group. This helps but you need in person connection too. If there's a NAMI in your area try that. Also have a safety plan. I recommend CBT and DBT therapy groups. Find activities and plan activities once a week with others. I know feeling hopeless is very difficult. I've been there. Some days I had no reason to get out of bed. Maybe keep a depression journal. Take action before you're too depressed. I'm sorry you're going through a hard time. Be kind to yourself.

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@becsbuddy

@brit This breathing also works! Empty your mind of thoughts with each breath. It also helps to relax muscles as you breathe out. Works for me. Sounds like it works for you, too! My therapist said to also imagine a bright, colorful, glowing light entering your head. Any color you like (I like golden). It gives you a warm, comfortable feeling. With each relaxing breath, let the light further in until it hits your toes. Then just let it work. I had to do this in her office this week because I got one of my chest pain/anxiety attacks. They are awful! Using the image of the light helped me settle down. Guess I was worried about my rituxan infusion the next day. 🙁 Please try this and let me know how it works—I hate to see anyone in pain!

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@becsbuddy Love it When I am into meditation I see green light sometimes maroon

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@suscros68

Depression is hard. I have depression too. Severe at times. It always a juggling act with meds, side effects. Make sure you have a support group. This helps but you need in person connection too. If there's a NAMI in your area try that. Also have a safety plan. I recommend CBT and DBT therapy groups. Find activities and plan activities once a week with others. I know feeling hopeless is very difficult. I've been there. Some days I had no reason to get out of bed. Maybe keep a depression journal. Take action before you're too depressed. I'm sorry you're going through a hard time. Be kind to yourself.

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2suscros68 Excellent advice! I am doing all of this as much as possible. I got out of the house – Drove by myself- Shopping and visiting past coworkers, 4 hours and it felt great! I slept 6 am till 9 pm the next day though. I am definitely a night owl. I am doing chair exercises too My body sure does hurt but I am not gonna stop. I am trying to find me again

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@catcatanzaro60

2suscros68 Excellent advice! I am doing all of this as much as possible. I got out of the house – Drove by myself- Shopping and visiting past coworkers, 4 hours and it felt great! I slept 6 am till 9 pm the next day though. I am definitely a night owl. I am doing chair exercises too My body sure does hurt but I am not gonna stop. I am trying to find me again

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@catcatanzaro60 good for you at first they do but the more you do the better you,ll feel

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@petangelkat1

I have to report that the mouthpiece I started using about a week ago seems to making a difference with my sleep apnea. I am dreaming again, and I do wake up with less anxiety and irritability. I’m almost afraid to say that it’s helpubg with my depression because my meds will help one day for an hour or two then stop working. It is so frustrating because you think you have the right meds and then realize that something is not working like it should.
Anyone have bipolar as a diagnosis? Just wonder if anyone else LOVES TO GO SHOPPING. This typical behavior has put me in a financial bind.

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@petangelkat1 I loved to shop and spend money but I could budget most the time Try Cymbalta and You will not want to shop go outside or drive anymore (My side effects) My best friends used to laugh at me for shopping all the time Now they are happy to see me Go shopping Kinda crazy but true I was a financial adviser at one time so I have had a lot of resources to help myself and others. I had a 700 score before my divorce and now 10 years later can barely stay at 600. Rough divorce Do not take out the shark loans. Bad news

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@suscros68

Depression is hard. I have depression too. Severe at times. It always a juggling act with meds, side effects. Make sure you have a support group. This helps but you need in person connection too. If there's a NAMI in your area try that. Also have a safety plan. I recommend CBT and DBT therapy groups. Find activities and plan activities once a week with others. I know feeling hopeless is very difficult. I've been there. Some days I had no reason to get out of bed. Maybe keep a depression journal. Take action before you're too depressed. I'm sorry you're going through a hard time. Be kind to yourself.

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Thank you so much for the adise. Beingnw to this please let me ask what a NAMI is. God Bless and again thankyou Patti

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Just reread my message/ Lots of mistakes in it. Let me know if you need clarification Patti

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@catcatanzaro60 . Good morning! Yesterday, just to get out of the house, I went to lunch with a former coworker that I NEVER liked! But we got along OK and I had a nice time. Getting out with people makes such a difference!

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Hey all, this is a great conversation about sleep and depression. Did you know we have a group dedicated to Sleep Health on Connect here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/sleep-health/

Here are a few discussions you might be interested in:
> Insomnia. Nothing seems to help. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/josephene-i-am-having-terrible-insomnia-as-well-nothing-seems-to-help/
> Insomnia and depression https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/insomnia-and-depression/
> Not sleeping through the night. Looking for non medicated remedies https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/just-dropping-by/
> Sleep Hygiene https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sleep-hygine/

There are many more. Now I'm off to shovel the snow and get some sunshine. I find activity and sunshine help both my mood and sleep.

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@becsbuddy

@brit Zoloft is one of the older medicines but it works well! Takes at least 2 weeks for any noticeable change. I’ve had to slowly increase the dose over 20+ years when things get rough. In the summer I can decrease the dose because we have so much sun! nd, I’d rather use my lite book—no side effects! Be sure to let us know if the doctor is willing to use Zoloft. You deserve to feel better!

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Zoloft drove me crazy.. I must have went through 10 anti depressants nothing worked only made me worse.. tried all SSRI's (nightmare) Im currently on Effexor and my anxiety and depression is worse.. I am tapering from 225mg to 150mg want to get off of this nightmare drug.. My phyc and I are working together on it.. 😨

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@breds1968

Zoloft drove me crazy.. I must have went through 10 anti depressants nothing worked only made me worse.. tried all SSRI's (nightmare) Im currently on Effexor and my anxiety and depression is worse.. I am tapering from 225mg to 150mg want to get off of this nightmare drug.. My phyc and I are working together on it.. 😨

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@breds1968 Sounds like you’re having an awful time! I’m so sorry. I just wish there was a quick way to make all of us better. Are you doing any talk therapy to help with the depression and anxiety! See if there is a mental health clinic in your area. Or check your health insurance to see what they cover. That’s how I started years ago. I’m with a therapist now and she has helped me thru some anxiety attacks. I wish you the best of luck!

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@breds1968

Zoloft drove me crazy.. I must have went through 10 anti depressants nothing worked only made me worse.. tried all SSRI's (nightmare) Im currently on Effexor and my anxiety and depression is worse.. I am tapering from 225mg to 150mg want to get off of this nightmare drug.. My phyc and I are working together on it.. 😨

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I have been through this for sometime and know in time it will get better. Right now I am going through a bad bought
all you can do is just do the best you can and give it to the Lord. Patti

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