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Depression burst on my after extended pressureful work for long with little rest in 2007. Ever since I am drugs. My question, is depression permanent?
I have major depression disorder reoccurring. I had surgery two months ago and was readmitted a week later with uncontrollable vomiting. They stopped all my medication because I couldn’t have anything by mouth. When I was released I decided to cut my Zoloft from 200mg to 150mg. I became nervous, agitated and depressed. I just didn’t want to talk to people or see them in person. I had forgotten that I reduced the medication. On my monthly visit to my psychiatrist after talking she said I have to look over your medication and change something you are not right. The more I talk with you I can see you are just not acting right. That’s when I remembered about the Zoloft and she told me to go home and immediately take the 50mg and up the dose back to 200mg. I do feel better. The point of this is yes this proves to me that I will have to remain on antidepressants the rest of my life.
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Hi 👋 I’m trying to post the link to the music. Hope this works. Will get hummingbird breathing to you as well.
Yay it worked 👏
This is an excellent video to start and end the day, or anywhere in between! Thanks for sharing this, Suzanne! ☺️
@dianecostella Antidepressants can play a major role in our management of everyday life. I have been on a mild one since July 2020 now, and it is the third time going onto this. As has been described to me before, it evens out the peaks and valleys of my mind-play, and allows me to navigate more safely. It is not something I play around with, and follow the guidelines of my dr, who feels this is a good working solution for me. Along with this medication, there is also a monthly "check-in" as it were, with a psychologist, and I do a lot of journaling, checking in with myself.
There is an ongoing discussion about journaling you might find interesting, and all it takes is a piece of paper and a pen to get started, pretty simple! It is amazing what will flow when you take the censor away from yourself! https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/journaling-the-write-stuff-for-you/ Will you consider giving it a try?
I do have a therapist I connect with on a weekly basis and family and friends. I figured since I wasn’t given it in the hospital on both stays I would cut back and see what happens. I have such Gaberpentin brain from taking for a neurological disease I have, that and the stress of the surgery and complications I truly forgot I did it. I won’t do it again as I know I really need it.
This situation doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to take antidepressants the rest of your life. You cut your daily dose down much too quickly. This was the reason for the change in your behavior. Antidepressants must be tapered down very very slowly taking months or even years to get to 0. Cuts are very small until your brain adjusts to each cut. 50 mgs. was just way too much at one time.
Thanks for your feedback makes perfect sense.
@rollinsk That is a very good question. For many of us who live with depression, it sometimes seems so, doesn't it? I believe some people are more prone to depressive episodes, or have a tendency to slide into them. I am one of those. For me, it takes work, sometimes hard work, to stay positive, and rally against the depression, to return to the more positive approach of life. There can be so many triggers that would bring on a depressive episode, and we need to be self-aware of those; it's seems to be different for everyone.
Is it permanent? Well, my thought is it doesn't have to be first-and-foremost, at all times. We can work to keep it at bay, and congratulate ourselves when it happens.
Do you feel it is permanent for you?
My depression rolls in &out sometimes lasting for days & sometimes for just a few hours. I think it will be with me all of my life. I'm 67 now & my depression was a result of childhood onset anxiety. Drugs help & cannabis edibles in the evening are relaxing & ensure sleep.
Is this from a CD I could purchase? I hope so. It is lovely. I listen to music a lot to settle anxiety. Thank you for posting.
@tarmansbks I found it on Youtube. I also saw a 30 minute one on the same page. So I guess just follow the link to Youtube. If I can find more info, I'll let you know. Thx.
I found it by seeing Mr. Timer in the lower corner and it took me to You Tube. As usual there is always something uplifting to be found. I have trouble sleeping and anxiety and the music is very soothing, Thanks again for presenting it.
Great. I use it while practicing hummingbird breathing. That practice for me is grounding. Glad you found it helpful.
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