I just read your post cdotmo and I agree with you that "we the depressed ones" should find ways to educate others so that they have an enlightened view about depression. How should we do this? I am thinking of starting a web page expressing how we the depressed cope and feel under this disease called depression. My mother had depression and was mentally chanllenged; also my brother who had to be placed in a mental institution when he was five, I also have inherited major depression; two out of my three sons have had depression.
I was the first in my family to speak out in defence of depression and educate anyone who would listen. Depression has been my best friend throughout my life.
Maybe we all could contribute to a book on how life is with depression and how hard our lives can be just to carry on one more hour or day. We could educate others by having them walk in our shoes. We need to be kind to each other; depression steals so much of us; we are strong people.
I have not been on the site for along time. Today I have been having a very difficult time coping with my depression. I have been very depressed about the 20 children that were murdered in the US I just cannot shake this overwhelming sadness for the parents, siblings and our whole country; I just feel "grief". Why are our children so angry and violent? I am concerned about our childrens' mental health and the care that is available for them before they act out in violence. I have my 16 year old grandaughter living with me and she is diagnosed with autism and she can be violent; just hit one of her classmate in the nose afew weeks ago. Will she in the future turn violent and hurt others as well as herself? My youngest son tried to commit suicide last year; he has been diagnosed with PTSD and is a veteran for us and canada. I worry about him going over the edge and carry out a violent act. I worry that the stigma for mental health will be enhanced with these shootings.I hope that some positive changes can come out of this tragety. I find it very difficult to stay positive when so much negativity is all around us.
I was diagnosed with clinical major depression in 1985. I have inherited this disease from my mother and have had symptoms since early childhood.
In 1985 I was prescribed surmontil; in1990 started Prozac to present and I started mirtazapine (Remeron) 2007 to present. I have been on the combined medications since 2007.
When I started the mirtazapine I had some side effects; lightheadness, increased appetite, dry mouth but these did not last very long. I have tolerated the combination therapy very well and don't need as much sleep as I used to need. I am in my late sixties; these drugs helped me live my life to the best that I can.
Talk to your doctor about the side effects and precautions before you start this medication.