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Aug 29, 2011 · Cymbalta Withdrawl in Depression & Anxiety

Are you following your doctor’s advise to step down gradually? Or did you stop taking Cymbalta cold turkey? You have to ease off any depression medication or you will get withdrawal symptoms – I’m sure your doctor told you that. He must also have started you on another medication to replace the Cymbalta and you should be taking that new medication EVERY DAY, without fail while gradually stepping down your Cymbalta intake.

If you *didn’t* following instructions and now you don’t feel well – why aren’t you going back to your doctor and telling him about it instead of posting here? Go to the doctor and let him help you! That’s why we have doctors!

Aug 29, 2011 · Nortriptyline (Pamelor) for depression? in Depression & Anxiety

What’s worse- the pain of depression or some side effects? Most medications (not just those for depression,) have a notation that say something like “your doctor has prescribed this medication because he has determined that the benefits will outweight any side effects you may experience.” So why would the possibility of drowsiness, etc, stop you from taking something that would make you feel better?

I’m utterly *fascinated* with how people always seem to find some sort of excuse for NOT taking their medication! Don’t you *want* to feel better?

Aug 24, 2011 · Sharing about Depression in Depression & Anxiety

If you stopped taking your medication to “prove that (you) didn’t need them,” and now you’re not feeling well, I hope you can see how important it is to take them faithfully, each and every day. Why does it bother you so much to have to be on medication? I have been on anti-depressant medication for 15 years now and there have been no long-term ill effects – quite the contrary! Without them, I don’t think I would be able to cope.

Being on anti-depressants will *NOT* cause “irreversible changes in the brain.” I don’t know where you could have gotten such an idea! I simply cannot understand why some people who are suffering from depression and are in such pain continue to believe that their medication is harming them! You are doing much more harm to yourself by *NOT* taking your medication!

Listen to those social workers; get yourself stabilized in the hospital and take the medication they give you! Then, when you’re feeling better, go to your doctor and discuss your fears with him. The doctor is there to help , not hurt! He may suggest that you talk to a psychologist, which may also be beneficial in allaying your fears about anti-depressant medication.

If you can feel better simply by taking your medication everyday and following your doctor’s instructions, why wouldn’t you want to do it?

Aug 24, 2011 · Sharing about Depression in Depression & Anxiety

Oh Honeybee, I’m so sorry for your loss! Anytime someone leaves this earth, we are all diminished by their passing. But I don’t think the medication did anything to your husband’s thinking – 2 months really isn’t enough time for any medication to help! And depression medication doesn’t alter your brain or thought patterns, it simply allows the seratonin your body naturally manufactures to work better. Go read about the causes of depression here on the Mayo Clinic site; they have correct, scientific explanations. There is so much mis-information on the internet, you really shouldn’t believe anything you read there unless it’s from a credible site like this one. And if you’re suffering from depression as well, go see your doctor – I can’t stress that strongly enough! Getting help is the first step towards recovery. And be sure to dicuss your concerns about depression medication with your doctor. Together, I’m sure you will find something you can be comfortable with. Good luck! XOXOX

Aug 23, 2011 · Sharing about Depression in Depression & Anxiety

People only suffer withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking Cymbalta (or any other prescription depression medication) without following the recommended gradual reduction schedule. I had to change medications a few years ago from Prozac to Effexor and it took 6 weeks before I was completely off one medication and on the other. I had to take both at the same time, but first I skipped Prozac every other day, then every two days, then I only took Prozac twice a week, then once a week, etc. And all the while, I took the new medication. I didn’t have a single side effect or bad experience, so people who do simply aren’t following instructions. So don’t believe everything you read on the internet!

Aug 23, 2011 · Sharing about Depression in Depression & Anxiety

Why do you believe “natural” remedies aren’t also drugs? Herbal treatments have side effects, just like traditional drugs, so what’s stopping you from trying medications that have been proven to help depression? You shouldn’t suffer needlessly, so go discuss your options with a doctor. And then, whether you choose herbals or prescription medications, at least you’ll be doing something to help you feel better. After all, living with pain isn’t really living…

Aug 23, 2011 · Sharing about Depression in Depression & Anxiety

Mild depression may not need medication, but I doubt most people who post here only have a “mild” case of depression. Most people with Major Depressive Disorder will not find relief from”exercise and physical activity” alone and anything that can be treated with something as simple as “walking” should be discussed in a separate thread. Most people who come to this type of message board are looking for support because their condition is causing them unimaginable pain and they are trying every way they can think of to help alleviate it.

For anyone who has been diagnozed with severe depression, medication *is* an absolute necessity and to believe otherwise is to simply delude oneself. It has nothing to do with “drug ads” and to post that medication isn’t necessary on a site like this is sheer irresponsibility. A person doesn’t know if medication is effective for them until they try it. If, as you say, it shouldn’t work for them, then alternatives may be considered, but medication should always be included in an initial treatment.

Yes, therapy is helpful if it is in *addition to medication*. And yes, a person has a right to refuse medication, but if they do, they cannot expect to find relief. The analogy someone posted about diabetes is excellent – it’s like a diabetic refusing to take their insulin. Or refusing to take an antibiotic if you have an infection. People should stop listening to foolish advice they find on the web and listen to trained medical professionals instead. Doctors aren’t just about money, no matter what you read on the internet.

Aug 22, 2011 · Sharing about Depression in Depression & Anxiety

I was diagnosed with depression in 1997 and without medication, I doulbt if I would still be here. Medication is an *absolute* necessity if you are depressed and wish to recover. I am constantly amazed by depressed people who complain about their symptoms, yet refuse to take any medication. Depression will NOT resolve on its own, so how else can one expect to recover? People who are so reluctant to take medication also seem so willing to take “alternative” therapies, not realizing this is also a type of medication. Perhaps it is simply their illness that makes them think medications are somehow harmful when they’re not. -the key is finding the *right* medication for you. I had to try several types before I got relief and even now, I still have to change medications every 5 to 7 years because they can stop being effective. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try them. Also, all horror stories about depression medications are the result of a patient stopping treatment *cold turkey*. You must be slowly “weaned off” these types of medication or you will suffer complications. Depression is a TERRIBLE illness, but you CAN feel better if you follow your doctor’s recommendations and faithfully TAKE YOUR MEDICATION. Try it, what do you have to loose? Except perhaps your depression…