I have been diagnosed with Depression and SAD. I've been on Zoloft (75mg) for 3 months now. It's okay for SAD, but it is very "numbing": I've never felt so amotivated, apathetic and indifferent. Zoloft also exacerbates my agitation.
Is this normal? Will it become better?
Thanks and greetings,
By purple man1235
hi, I need some consultation on what I am dealing with.
There appears to be this problem where I will see things in life that aren't there. For example, just the other day I noticed that my window is broken. This is impossible since my window is impenetrable. Moreover, I am seeing this illusion where my money inside my safe is no longer there. Funny right? I have tried taking meds to get rid of this optical illusion, but nothing seems to work.
Other than optical illusions, I also can no longer see where my bed is and I often trip on my way into it when I go to sleep. Also, I keep missing my mouth when I go to insert food into my mouth. This has been happening ever since I took a break to watch the eclipse with my pet dog. Someone please help.
It's that time of year! Every year in the fall (for the Northern Hemisphere members), I like to remind everyone that the days are getting shorter and maybe you want to take some action to avoid slipping into the Black Pit.
If your doctor thinks it's a good idea, this might be the time to increase the dosage of your antidepressant. If you use a light box, get it out and start using it. If you don't take Vitamin D or fish oil, this might be the year you should try it.
Not all of us get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), but it is a serious issue. If you find it harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning, or if your sleep pattern has become disrupted, or if you feel helpless/useless/hopeless, then depression is knocking on your door and you need to do something. If you have a therapist, bring this up at your next session. If you are being treated by a psychiatrist, go over your list of medications and talk about possible adjustments to help you get through the Dark Time.
If you know me at all, you know I will bug you to do the following:
1) Practice good sleep hygiene. Try to go to bed at the same time every day. No screens in the bedroom. Try to have the same routine every night in terms of cleaning up, brushing your teeth, etc. Keep a boring book on your night table if you can't sleep.
2) Try to get some exercise every day, preferably outdoors. You will sleep better if you are physically tired, and many people find that outdoor exercise can lift their mood. I'm not saying it's a cure-all, but it can help.
3) Do your best to eat healthy, unprocessed foods. If you only ingest junk, you will feel like junk.
Feel free to make your own suggestions. Let's fight the Darkness!
Suggestions for major treatment overhall- in/outpatient programs, residential, cognitive remediation anywhereBy glorie.inseine
I need a major treatment overhaul, medication changes, lifestyle changes, help with cognitive impairment, and then need to relocate to a city with better psychiatric services, resources, and support groups. Not sure if inpatient is the place to start or if I can get by with an iop program. There's nothing available locally, so I have to go somewhere else for help. Suggestions for top treatment centers would be helpful ( hospitals etc). I know of some and have researched them, but it's hard finding places that offer cognitive remediation. And if you have recommendations of places to relocate, that would also be appreciated.