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  1. I take the abilify as well in admiring to the welbutrin. I'm already there! And the anxiety meds, and the sleep meds!!! I'm at a loss with medication. Rexulti was horrible. I couldn't help but read your posts. I am someone who has suffered since my early 20's with at the time they wanted to call "situational" depression. I would go on meds for months at a time to help me so call function and get back on track with life to where I felt somewhat like a human and then I would go off the meds. I did this for years and years, up's and downs. In 2009 I was finally diagnosed with major depressive disorder but they continued to start and stop the meds as before. I imagine that i was okay with doing this and that I felt as though I could get by during the times I was off of the meds. However in late 2011 I hit a bad low and decided that the ups and downs were not helping and that going on and off the meds didn't seem very ideal. I have now been on meds consistantly with no breaks. I can't say that I'm doing any better. I used to sleep all day and was not functional at all. No energy or motivation for anything. I do get up now and I do go to school and complete tasks but as the first writer (Ion) mentioned, it has been years of training and of forceful acts of which I give credit. I still feel no energy in my body, no motivation or desire to want to do anything or go anywhere. It is just a get by day by day ritual for me. Does it ever get better? I am now 45 (next month) years old! 25 years is an awful long time to be waiting and to still be where I started off if not worse....i have been to Drs in 4 different states, individual therapy, group therapy, counseling, you name it. I am still hopeful, I continue to press on and am always willing to try new approaches. Over all, I am a strong believer that my life situations are a big contributor to my depression. Change that, maybe lessen some depression. I don't really know? One step at a time!
  2. That's what I take. SSRI's do not work well with me. I have always been on Wellbutrin. I have tried them all and always go back. Recently tried an increase to maximum does which seemed to help but there were side effects that were not good so dropped back down. Going to attempt higher dose again at a slower pace. Thanks for the response and input.
  3. I have had sleep disturbance my entire life. I have finally found a medication that works really really well for me. Takes about 20-30 min to kick in but I am able to fall asleep and stay asleep! 1st time ever in my life, no tossing and turning. Thank goodness. Also able to wake up early without feeling groggy. The medication is Restoril/generic Temazapam. Good Luck, hope you get to feeling better and get some sleep.
  4. I couldn't help but read your posts. I am someone who has suffered since my early 20's with at the time they wanted to call "situational" depression. I would go on meds for months at a time to help me so call function and get back on track with life to where I felt somewhat like a human and then I would go off the meds. I did this for years and years, up's and downs. In 2009 I was finally diagnosed with major depressive disorder but they continued to start and stop the meds as before. I imagine that i was okay with doing this and that I felt as though I could get by during the times I was off of the meds. However in late 2011 I hit a bad low and decided that the ups and downs were not helping and that going on and off the meds didn't seem very ideal. I have now been on meds consistantly with no breaks. I can't say that I'm doing any better. I used to sleep all day and was not functional at all. No energy or motivation for anything. I do get up now and I do go to school and complete tasks but as the first writer (Ion) mentioned, it has been years of training and of forceful acts of which I give credit. I still feel no energy in my body, no motivation or desire to want to do anything or go anywhere. It is just a get by day by day ritual for me. Does it ever get better? I am now 45 (next month) years old! 25 years is an awful long time to be waiting and to still be where I started off if not worse....i have been to Drs in 4 different states, individual therapy, group therapy, counseling, you name it. I am still hopeful, I continue to press on and am always willing to try new approaches. Over all, I am a strong believer that my life situations are a big contributor to my depression. Change that, maybe lessen some depression. I don't really know? One step at a time!
  5. I totally agree! Got my 3rd series. It's been 11 days and I only got 3 initial headaches immediately following the procedure but have been free from any since. Fingers are crossed that they stay at bay until my next appointment. Based on the history of my past sessions and migraines between, we are now following up in 4 months vs 6 which may be a better solution. I am very hopeful.
  6. Hello, I've been looking for you. Someone whose life runs near parallel to mine. Oh if in so many ways. Please don't give up. I'm still waiting for it to get "BETTER", persay but it can't get any worse. Welbutrin and Buspar are my saviors as well and the added abilify, at times klonopin but currently temazepam to sleep. I've been through the marriage, the behind the back, the divorce, the child that i am just now, 16 years later revealing to his actual father. I don't work but am struggling to go to school and at times just want to throw it all down the drain. I've been to the counselors the psychiatrists the groups. I've been on all the meds, I've been 75 pounds no appetite, poor health, my life in disarray. I know what you are going through all but the loss of a child. I can't possibly imagine that. I have 4. We all deserve good in life, we are only human and we make mistakes. We live and learn from those mistakes and would not be who we are without them. Keep fighting your fight, don't give up. The meds are there to assist but we have to want for ourselves and for those we love and who love us. I hope that you get my message and that you are doing well. I would love to hear from you and know how you are. Best wishes on your journey. I am right there beside you fighting just as hard. ??
  7. I am currently receiving botox treatments for migraine headaches. I have been through 2 series and am due for a 3rd. I found much success after the 1st series going 4 weeks migraine free. After the 2nd series, the migraine frequency was more noticeable in the 1st and 2nd week. I switched doctors and have gone longer between sessions but since the 2nd week, i have been migraine free until this last week and I am due to get next series in 1 week. I believe that the botox is successful for me but not everyone has the same reaction to treatments. I am not migraine free 100%, but 1-2 weeks out of 6-8 is well worth it to me. I hope this helps anyone who is considering botox treatment.
  8. Things a bit rough for me as well. A recent increase in anti- depressant meds seemed to be working but the adverse affects weren't tolerable. We decided to drop back down to original dose so am now trying to readjust. The ups and downs are bad enough on their own not to mention the intensity when trying to adjust medications. The trial and error and waiting game seem to be never ending in the battle of depression. I often wonder if I'll ever reach a normal where I can just go day by day and feel the same??? Holidays are not much help for that. ?
  9. My grandbabies got the red hair as well! LOL...I have not been diagnosed with having OCD, but admittedly will say, I too have such things that I refer to as anal tendencies. Red trait runs strong in the genes! All of my brothers 3 children are red heads as well. We love our Family and are proud to be Ginger!
  10. I appreciate the welcomes! I am sure I will have plenty to talk about. Love the name CrazyRedHead by the way.....I come from a family of redheads and my children all have red hair. Major depressive disorder, anxiety and sleep disturbance here!
  11. Hello, I am very new to this and don't know the first thing about using it. I read many of others questions and replys and I have so much that I would, or could say in response. I have been through hell with anxiety and depression, my health sucks a**, I could write a novel on life and am still pushing through and willing to learn and help others. Hopefully this will go somewhere and I can get involved with some conversations. That is my hope. I have many many questions for others just as I may have answers for them. Thank You.
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