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  1. I think it's a wise decision. I will also be hoping for you to find a med combo as soon as possible
  2. I've thought about having it done. I've taken a few meds (not specifically psych meds) where my response made me wonder if I might metabolize some things differently. If that turned out to be the case I don't know if my doctor would change doses based on the results or if changing the dose would actually make a difference in practice
  3. I have a similar situation with alcohol, though for me it's not anxiety it's anhedonia and energy. Alcohol has more of an effect on my depressive symptoms than any med I've tried so far. I've noticed that over the years from social drinking. Like you I don't crave alcohol or have trouble reducing or even stopping drinking. I try to be cautious about alcohol because I have plenty of alcoholics in my family line. I think everyone should be cautious with it, really, but I understand what you are describing
  4. I agree that these things are common experiences, and they don't mean that you are lazy or an asshole. This sounds like a completely reasonable way to feel, but I think it's important to consider what actions you take based on it. One possible outcome of that thought is that you don't donate/volunteer/etc. Is that the correct choice for you? It depends on a lot of things. You could experience some mental health benefits from doing it and if you choose not to you will miss out on that potential benefit. Maybe you have a different way to use that time that would have greater effect and so you choose that over this. Maybe under current conditions you just can't do it and the best thing is to not make yourself feel guilty. Maybe the feeling that you can't isn't accurate and if you challenged it then you could increase your options. There are lots of possibilities that could be good in different ways, but I think it's important to consider them because your default reaction might not be the best option
  5. I appreciate your Dr for being adventurous and you for posting the info to share. Your previous off-label experiments frequently show up in my searches of the archives. My Dr is somewhat conservative and says we are nearly out of options. I'm hoping he will consider some other off-label options.
  6. I don't think people are inherently boring. I think it's a matter of the compatibility in interests and personalities between the people interacting. There are some people who would want to hear about that camping holiday, but you're not one of them. Making friends and meeting people is hard. I struggle with it too, but I think we're suitable for friendship. We just have to find the compatible people.
  7. I have a similar experience. I also describe it as feeling like I've lost the person I used to be. I'm still in the middle of this, so I don't know how it works out in the end. A year ago I had a few days of positive effects early on a med and I felt far more like myself than I had expected was possible, so the potential is there. I hope it works out for both of us.
  8. I had a similar experience with citalopram as my first med 12 years ago. It was tried first again in the new round of meds without having the problems I had with it before. Having dealt with this for so long, I felt fairly prepared to handle start up effects if they happened, but I didn't have the same ones this time.
  9. Atypical depression (despite the name), is quite common. It's the kind that I have. I would describe mood reactivity as having some mood response to external events. When good things happen it makes my mood a little better. It's less of a reaction than it would be if I weren't depressed, but there is still a reaction.
  10. I imagine it will, but there's also no guarantee if or when the right med combo will be found. I want to start making progress on this, even if it's small progress. I'm looking for ideas on small changes to food/sleep/exercise that will hopefully be manageable under current conditions, but that others have found did have some impact on energy.
  11. Low energy is one of my two biggest depression symptoms. When I'm not at work I lay in bed. Most of what I've found online so far are suggestions about eating a balanced diet and exercising. Those aren't wrong, but they are quite difficult when dealing with depression. I'm wondering if anyone has approaches they've found useful for improving energy levels.
  12. On occasion my depressive symptoms will lift for a hour or two and I can remember some of those. When I'm thinking about what it feels like to be well I have to go back to 14. I don't exactly remember the emotion, but I remember what life was like
  13. Finally got the Trintellix filled! In between I found that 10mg of citalopram would prevent the discontinuation effects for roughly several days so I managed to stay comfortable while I waited