do any of you take depression medicine and if so how has it helped?

Sara - posted on 02/06/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I lost my job about 6 months ago, due to the economy, I get unemployment thankfully and child support for one child, the other childs father isn't around at all and it's been a long process to find him and all of that but anyway, i've struggled with depression since my youngest son was born which was almost 3 years ago and it comes and go's. I've tried a couple different medications but I feel worse mentally and ok physically when i'm on them and when i'm off them I feel ok mentally and not physically (no energy, fatigued, body aches) The last couple day's i've been really bad mentally and physically and I don't know what to do anymore.. have any of you ever experianced this and what did you do for you?

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Jan - posted on 02/09/2010

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Find someone away from medicines and family to talk to....think about the future I know its hard, but you have to focus on the future.. I had always worked until my car accident and went into mega depression because sometimes I cant get out of these four walls so my computer is my only life line and my children and my fella but he doesnt live here and he pops in every afternoon to make sure we are alright but has his own place....I can sympathize with you full about loosing your job, I have been on antidepressants for about 5 yrs now and the doctor has just put me on the modern day prozac and I have been on it for about three weeks and Im beginning to feel a difference and other people have commented.... You need to make a plan for your future maybe retrain or do something voluntary as it always looks good on the CV to fill your time and enjoy the time with your child...Good luck ...it does get easier but focus on what will be and not what has been...

User - posted on 02/08/2010

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i take anti depressents im still not 100% but im getting there with counselling and trying to get out of the house even for 5m staring at four walls makes it worse i know what your going through hun just look at your bubs and remember how much he or she loves you that always brings me out of the dark cloud

Barbara - posted on 02/07/2010

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I take Paxil and trazadone for yr now after I realized I wasnt enjoying anything in life. I love being a single mom of the coolest 5 kids on the planet but I was so focused on them I forgot to take care of myself. It took me passing out at work from a panic attack to realized the best way to take care of my kids was to take care of me too. Since Ive been on my meds Im finally for the first time in years enjoying life.

Beverley - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had Prosac for post natal depression after I had my son 5 yrs ago. I had been extremely tearful, miserable, lethargic and just didn't know what to do with myself, (or a new baby for that matter!) After 3 weeks of being on them, it was like a black cloud had lifted! It was amazing! I suddenly felt able to cope with all that life was throwing at me and felt human again! I was scared to come off them as didn't want to go back to feeling so dreadful! However, I wanted another baby, and I went on to have my daughter, now 3yr old. I didn't get the depression again, but would've had no hesitation about taking Prosac again! It was brilliant!!!
Good luck! Hope things improve for you soon! Can't recommend counselling enough too! I'm having it at the mo, having split from husband and had dreadful time. Its really helping talking everything through. xxxx

Karen - posted on 02/07/2010

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I gave up my job as my husband and I were relocating to a different city for his job. Shortly after I gave up my job he decided that he wanted out of the marriage and all the responsibilites. So I was left with no job and no place to live and have a 2 yr old son to raise. Needless to say I was shocked and blind sided by the upcoming divorce, I went on anti-depressant medication but after two months of taking meds I felt more depressed, had no energy and could not function. I decided to stop taking meds and started doing things for me, reading books that life up my spirit, a good one is Help yourself, Finding hope, courage and happiness by Dave Pezler.

I hope this helps you,

Rebecca - posted on 02/07/2010

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I've been on anti-depressants for about 6 years now and they have made a WORLD of difference, Counselling is important, too. It takes a while to find what will work for you (which meds, which type of counselling, which other support you need to make your life easier) but I now have the energy to work well and hard and be there for my son (now 14), which I often didn't have before. Good luck!

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