You didn't say much about how your anxiety is in non-work-related situations. In other words do you function fine outside of work socially, with family, in a relationship, etc.. There is a big difference to having your anxiety rise and get out of control while trying to work compared to having trouble with anxiety ALL THE TIME.View Thread
This may not seem so strange when you look at what he went through. First he seriously cleansed his intestines and then he had a procedure that almost definitely put him under to do the colonoscopy. The cleaning out destroyed all his "good" digestive bacteria and should be replaced using acidophilus or other supplement that restores his healthy digestion.
More importantly is the fact people are not aware of how serious a medicine anesthesia (any type) is to the system. Any surgery can make a person depressed and it is usually all the meds used. It takes for me about 4 to 6 weeks to feel right after any similar procedure. Even antibiotics have the same affect.View Thread
There may be some others that will pick up on your statement ". If it weren't for difficult problems and situations we would not suffer from depression.
There is a depression called "reactive" where we can feel down from life's pressures especially loses of loved ones, divorce, heavy financial burdens, etc.. Many people will go through that type of depression at one time or another. It may even take time to pass but it will pass in time on its own. People on here speaking of depression are those that live with it for long periods of time, have to be seriously treated by a psychiatrist and regular therapy like CBT. They don't get there meds from their family doctor and chances are they will have to live with depression on some level for years to come. We have "chemical" depression typically MDD and a host of related conditions like OCD, ADHD, PTSD, extreme anxiety, etc.. This is not something we have control over and is in the same class as Parkinson's, MS, Fibromyalgia. Hope I didn't hurt your feelings but the people here that live with this life-changing disease still have to live with people thinking "your having a rough time and it will pass" or "do this or that and you will feel better"View Thread
Glad to see someone is reading about this possibility of interactions that may cause our meds to not work properly. Well my doctor did go back to the Elavil which worked great from my mid-20's to early 40's and no change. Now I did start out way back in the beginning when I was about 22 with something called Sinequan?, which I don't see listed under any spelling, but I don't remember him retrying that. May ask him next time about this or MAO's in general. But he has made it clear to me several times that I have absolutely been on everything. I have still went in there almost crying to try something. He would spend 90 minutes with me telling about what's going on inside me and how to deal with it. I can't say it hasn't helped a little trying to accept sometimes but this is no way to live. Note: I presently use a special light with different lenses that sits over my head where I sit. I also am using the Fisher Wallace DC Stimulator twice a day. Sought of like TMS, which treatments cost thousands of dollars, but use at home. Wish you luck. Thanks for kind words.View Thread
After I was diagnosed with FM back in 2009 my doctor (psychiatrist) tried several FM meds like Cymbalta, Savella and Gabapentin. I am already on Paxil for Major Depression. So he finally put me on Percocet 7.5/325 x 4 and that really helped even for an hour or two. My friend talked me into going to a pain doctor and he tried Tramadol and Deuxis but ended up back on the same Percocet. I also am on the patch 15mg. The problem is that my main issue is that I am fatigued, sometimes sleep a lot, and can never find my drive. I hear that Percocet can make it harder to treat depression and after trying everything there is for MDD there isn't anything left for me to try. Does anyone think I am giving up ever getting my drive back as long as I am on Percocet? I may try going back to my neurologist and see if he can find a way to treat my FM without Percocet. Posted in FM Area also.View Thread
I know this scenario well. Was on Elavil from 25 to about 40 when change needed. Ended up on Paxil but by 50 there were many additions and trials along the way. Stayed with Paxil but by 53 (2006) I couldn't function and eventually lost my job because of this. I kind of found some peace but couldn't go back to work. Was able to do most of my own projects right up to 2008. Then I got FMS (Fibromyalgia) and since very dysfunctional and in pain. My psychiatrist told me I have been on everything and won't try anything new so I am stuck. I just had my nutritionist run a complete battery of blood work to check for any imbalances and now the nurse will contact the doctors vitamin manufacturer if they know any problems the vitamins may cause with my medication working. I will bring all results to my psychiatrist in two weeks. After several years I did push him to add Lexapro just because it is popular. It didn't work. Now most of the people I see in group or online take more then one drug for depression so I am next going to push him to try Wellbrutrin, will wait a few months and then something else. He will give me a hard time. One point I want to make here is if a medicine stops working YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT SOMETHING ELSE YOU COULD BE TAKING THAT COULD BE REDUCING THE EFFECTS OF THE MEDS THAT WORKED. I was using Testosterone cream and when I told my psychiatrist he hit the roof. VERY IMPORTANT. You must tell your doctor about anything you are putting in your system other then typical food items. I would love to loose some weight using some pill but would never take the chance it would interfere with my treatment. PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN YOUR MEDS STOP WORKING.View Thread
Thank you so very much for your kind and supportive words. My heart goes out to you for all you have been through. Can you tell me if you have some special supportive people in your life. I have always been a little bit of a loner in a sense I know allot of people and have some long term friends I will see now and then. I was always busy with work and projects at home. I was also very generous helping people especially my family. But when I couldn't do the gatherings, BBQ's, or attend some family functions because I found them just too much to do, my family has kind of abandoned me. They should know I am sick especially after all the years of being treated for depression but they act like I am purposely just avoiding them. Now I have this very heavy additional pressure. Thanks so much for caring.View Thread
Privately my depression has totally taken over my life. Disconnected from everyone. Don't want to go anywhere and can no longer do any of the many things (home and computer projects) I once enjoyed. I am so much more fortunate then many people. I have a small home and financially safe. I also have the best doctors. I have been treated for depression since my early 20's but have done very well over the years with the right meds and therapy. At 53 (2006) my depression got so bad and lost my 28 year job because I couldn't function. It was devastating but I was able to get some of my creativity back. But in late 2009 I was diagnosed with FM and the pain and fatigue, along with the depression in the last few years has me almost totally dysfunctional. Even making a sandwich or getting in the shower is impossible. The only thing I do that keeps me doing something is forcing myself to get over to the health club 4 or 5 days a week. But when I am home I don't seem to be able to do the simplest things other then wash, groceries, etc. I should get to my point here. My therapist (CBT) doesn't even know how to help me any longer. My psychiatrist will spend 90 minutes explaining how to think and try to do one thing every day I like but HE HAS TOTALLY GIVEN UP ON TRYING ANY NEW MEDS. HE SAYS I HAVE BEEN ON EVERYTHING, INCLUDING ECT, AND NOTHING LEFT TO TRY. I will see him Friday and it will be the same thing. So trapped and lost. Feels like I am just waiting to die.View Thread
Almost 40 years on every depression med avail. Fibromyalgia in 2009 made depression much worse. Psychiatrist best there is and last three years no meds help like the old days (Elavil, Paxil). He and therapist spend allot of time just helping me cope. Please be patient. There will be a med/combo that will eventually work. Try another psychiatrist if necessary. Our bodies are so complicated. My FMS is driving my depression and that is an autoimmune issue not easily, if ever, corrected. My point here is work on trying to be peaceful until you get the right meds. Sometimes that is the best you can do at certain timesView Thread
I am 60 years old and treated for depression since 22. I also was very sick for about the first 10 years of life. I had very high (105) fevers and even hallucinations and then grew out of around 12. Most of my adult years were very productive but I had to be on medication. Elavil until about 42 then Paxil. I also had therapy, mostly on, during all these years.There never was much talk about the depression because any setbacks I dealt with privately and everyone just saw me as very active. And from the early teens years on I was very obsessive about work, school, many hobbies and just having to prove my creativity. I thrived on it. My obsessions, which I know stemmed somehow from being sick and not like others all those early years, kept me from letting someone in long enough to end up settling down with. Well I started to physically crash once I crossed 50. No meds would any longer help much and I ended up losing my 28 year job which I loved and it pretty much defined me. Now I left home early and spent allot of time and money being very good to my family. I built my house into a castle and people (mostly family) came from all over to gather there for almost 20 years. My health didn't improve after losing my career but kind of leveled off but I could still do a portion of the hobbies/work I used to do. But in late 2009, after a major crash and following ECT treatment, which didn't help, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Life has never been the same since. Almost all of what I once enjoyed just stopped. No more gatherings and by 2011 no longer attended many family events. Even though I now had FMS it was the daily bout with the resulting major depression that controlled my life. My family showed no signs of noticing what was happening to me. I had brought up my health issues at an anniversary dinner with my relatives in early 2011. No one said much. In 2012 I decided to try and talk to my family on Father's Day. My 80 year old mother grabbed my arm within seconds of trying to talk in an attempt to shut me down. Since then my mother has did everything in her power to make sure no one would know the seriousness of my illness. I since have been cut off from so many people. If my mother would just open up about what I have lived with for many years then people may have understood how I ended up so dysfunctional. Even with 5 productive children, many grandchildren and a few great grandchildren she told me "her life has been the hardest". I actually hate her sometimes, even after all the great years and family get-togethers. I am haunted now wondering if she has always looked the other way through all my medical setbacks. Setbacks including those fevers which doctors have come to belief made my system vulnerable to not only depression, which on some level did run in the family, but other conditions not seen in anyone else in my large extended family. I understand, and can even accept what has happened to me (disabled now for MDD/FMS) but others have refused to accept and seem to be trying to convey that I either am not that sick or responsible for where I am now. Extremely unsettling. I don't see how I will ever be close to my mother and those that show no empathy especially seeing how good I was to everyone. Are there others who suffered with similar nervous system issues from an early age and those around them just looked the other way.View Thread