Depression..... Anti Depressants Yes or No?

By Dutchiekiwi Latest Reply 2014-10-25 17:20:25 -0500
Started 2014-10-24 18:18:41 -0500

Hi guys,
Weather you have only diabetes, or there is a whole lot more going on physically, mentally, socially, the day for me has come, I have to make a decision, shall I carry on with meditating, writing , talking to friends and psychologists or shall i take that step (again) and go on anti depressants. I'd love to read your opinion.


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Dutchiekiwi 2014-10-25 17:20:25 -0500 Report

Thank you for your opinion, I have over the years indeed been on several anti depressants. I tried quite a few, and the last one I stayed on for a long time ( tooo long for my liking) was Cymbalta. I found eventually my memory was getting really bad, and even through it could be some of the other meds I am taking for nerve pain, I knew it could very likely be the Cymbalta. So about 5 months ago I stopped. Soon after i stopped Life went insane!! Two back operations in 3 months, marriage break up, still struggling during the 50 days in hospital with the t1d, and so far I have gone through all of that without anti depressants. but… the coming year is going to be a tough one, and at the moment tears are a very very common appearance. But I would still like to do it without. Though people around me advise me to go back on it.
Hence my question. The side effects are very real with these medications, and some of them influence your life so badly that for my feeling i should stay away from them. Of course, they def. have good effects as well…

lilleyheidi 2014-10-25 03:07:55 -0500 Report

As James said, that is a personal choice, or a choice that must be made between you and your doctor. It was a choice I personally made. Depression has been an on and off part of my adult life, and I've found that writing and talking to friends and a therapist are a great help for me, but, I also had some things in my brain that just needed a little extra help. Anti depressants did that for me, they gave me the extra bit of help I needed.
I urge you to talk to a Doctor or at very least a really good friend about the idea of adding the anti depressant to your already good arsenal of weapons against depression.

jayabee52 2014-10-25 02:25:07 -0500 Report

Howdy Dutchie
That is a very personal question and really the only one who can answer it is you.

I take it that what you are doing now is not cutting the mustard for you, or you wouldn't be asking this question.

Had you in the past found a medication which worked well for you?

I had not been able to find any med that worked well for me, and so I suffered with it, getting help when I could by therapists.

I pray success for your search.


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