Did the ECT help? Thanks for responding to my post. Boggs.
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I agree with you that exercise helps. I joined the gym and felt I was really feeling better but guess I got lazy and quit. Talking with you reminds me of need to walk, swim or something now that it is nice outside. With my depression before I finally got off Xanax, I slept every chance I got. Every time my husband would go out to do chores I would sleep. I slept between doing my chores. There were days I didn’t even get out of bed. I am a person that needs to be busy 14 hours a day to keep my brain calm. I hate to admit but even though my Xanax was prescribed I had to go through detox. I think you would understand but with the stigmata placed on mental illness, several people would think I was an addict. I was an addict in a sense but just because I had so much anxiety. I failed to mention that I am also on Neurontin as a mood stabilizer in addition to Lamictal. I also take Zyprexa. It sure has taken a lot of meds for me since I got off Lexapro (which was making my condition worse since it is a SSRI) and Xanax. I see a therapist two times a month. She says she is happy with my progress because when we first met I had “anxiety that went through the ceiling”. My psychiatrist met with my family and explained to them that I have a terrible, terrible anxiety disorder but they still do not understand. Do you ever feel like you feel better mentally when the sun goes down? I seem to feel my anxiety somewhat leave then….don’t quite understand that. Thanks again for being my online friend. Boggs
Hi Paige. I have been told that the smallest dose of Remeron was actually the best for depression. I take 15 mg at night. As for Xanax, I know just how well it works, but even on my prescribed dose of 1mg at 8-12-4-8 I became addicted. I never abused it but that is what happened to me. I have terrible anxiety also but I am scared to death now of benzos and will not take them. I take 200 mg of Lamictal at bedtime and 50 mg in the morning. I have been having the feeling of “jumping out of my skin” so I think I need to see my psychiatrist for a med adjustment. I have what she calls “cyclothymia”. I had never heard of it before but I guess it is mild bipolar.Thanks again for you input. I agree it is nice to talk to other people outside family. My family just don’t get it and that just adds to my problems. Hope to hear back from you. I hope I have been some help to you also.
Paige, thank you for your response. I have always been able to look at a pillow and fall asleep but had lost my appetite and lost a considerable amount of weight. When placed on Remeron my appetite returned and food tasted like gold. I am battling weight gain now but it encourages me that you did not gain weight. Maybe I just need to watch my calorie intake and not blame the Remeron. Thanks again.
Hi Barb, I also have recently been diagnosed with cyclothymia. I had never heard of it before. Like Rox I am taking Remeron and have gained 35 pounds. I was way underweight due to losing my appetite and could have gained a few pounds but not this much. My psychiatrist placed me on Topamax to help with my appetite but I can’t see that it really helps. I also take 200mg Lamictal at bedtime and 50 mg in the morning. I take 400 mg of Neurontin at bedtime 200 mg at 2:00 pm and 200 around 5:00 pm. I also take Klonopin and Zyprexa. What led to all of this was my addiction to “prescribed” Xanax. I never abused it and took 1 mg at 8,12,4 and 8 as prescribed and slept all the time and ended up in the Behavorial Unit which was what was best for me at the time. I have a terrible anxiety disorder and depression. Hope any of this helps you. I know it seems like I am on a lot of meds.