Anti-Depressants

I've never been on these before, though I've been told I should have been for years, now. I've had major depression problems ever since I was around 10 years old, maybe earlier. My mom took me to counselors and therapists, but they only made things worse. They were strangers, and all they cared about was if my Dad had ever done anything to cause my feelings (no, he didn't, but who ever believes a kid about that?) True, it got better for a long time after I met my husband, but it was still there. but I finally gave in today and started searching for a doctor. This past year and a half has mildly broken the hold I had on my depression, and it's just getting worse by the day. I randomly burst into tears, I get angry at the drop of a hat, I have no motivation to do anything despite everything I am doing with exercise, eating better, just trying to -be- better, but no matter what I do, I'm just sinking lower. I feel like I'm suffocating. I'm sick of acting happy for Nina and for my husband (who, apparently, was never fooled at all and he's the one who has convinced me to seek help).

So what I ask is this: have any of you ladies ever taken anti-depressants? Did they help you? Did you have any problems?

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    I take one daily. I wouldn't recommend the one I take, Cymbalta. It's a BITCH to come off of if you decide to stop taking it. Like for real withdrawals.

    I did really well on Zoloft for years, it was the first one that worked for me. I stopped taking it when I got pregnant with Bub, even though it is safe for pregnancy. When I stopped breastfeeding I went back on it but it wasn't the same.

    Mine is actually prescribed off label for Fibromyalgia. I was taking that and Topamax for a long time and between the two my moods were very stable. The Topamax was off label for peripheral neuropathy (is also a mood stabilizer) but I just couldn't handle the side effects. I was happy and brainless, pretty much.
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      06/26/14
      After a rainbow of different pills, I found that Zoloft worked the best for me. I was on it for over 10 years with no side effects and it helped me out a lot. It wasn't some strange high I was on, it was just an evened out feeling of normalcy. When I left my husband I stopped taking it because I couldn't afford it anymore without insurance. Coming off of it wasn't too bad. But leaving him put me in a good mood so I'm sure things just balanced themselves out.
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        06/30/14
        amanda
        I have suffered from depression since middle school and have just recently decided to seek help. I always thought that maybe it would get better over time. Once I started having my children it progressively got worse. And with eat child I could feel it taking over me more and more. I was always nervous about taking anti depressants because of all the horrible side effects you hear about. Finally after having meltdown after meltdown day after day my fiance suggested talking to my doctor about getting something to help. I really just reached my breaking point. I felt like all I wanted to do was lay around and block out life. I really wanted nothing to do with my kids (I know it sounds terrible) and I just wanted everything to go away for a while. So I decided it was time to get healthy not only for myself but for my children and my fiance as well. I went to the doctor and asked him for something for depression and anxiety. A few days into taking the medicine I already noticed a difference in the way I felt. I was a little more up beat and relaxed and my anxiety was greatly reduced. I am not on my fourth week and I can tell you that yes you will still have bad days here and there but over all I am much happier and feeling much more normal. I rarely ever have to take the anxiety medication. I save it for days where I am having a bad day. But honestly it was the best decision I have ever made. My only regret is that I didn't seek help sooner. I hope you fine the courage to get yourself help also. You deserve to be happy and truly happy. Not only for yourself but your family as well. The best of wishes to you. Hope my story has helped a little.
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        I'm a SAHM and a Navy Wife. My little family is my life, and I enjoy reading and online gaming. I like to help out where I can, and I just want to live life happily.