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Antidepressants - are they working for you?


Your current antidepressant  

15 members have voted

  1. 1. Is it working for you?

    • Yes - I'm no longer depressed on this med
      1
    • Maybe - I might need a dose adjustment
      5
    • Not sure - I still get relapses
      1
    • No - I'm thinking of changing to another AD
      1
    • No - I'm still depressed even on ADs
      7
  2. 2. Which AD are you currently on?

    • SSRI
      6
    • Wellbutrin
      2
    • SNRI
      2
    • MAO inhibitor
      2
    • Tricyclic antidepressant
      1
    • Other
      2
  3. 3. What else do you do to help prevent or manage depression?

    • Regular exercise
      6
    • Healthy diet
      7
    • Try to achieve work/life balance
      10
    • Limit alcohol
      7
    • Therapy
      10
    • Read self-help books
      5
    • Leisure activities
      6
    • Socialise with friends
      7
    • Spend time with family
      5
    • Spend time with pets
      11
    • Gardening
      3
    • Take a weekend break or holiday
      7
    • Spend time outdoors
      4
    • Listen to favourite music
      10


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A poll for those with unipolar depression. How well are your meds working? What else do you do to help manage or prevent your depression?

Hey there,

Just to explain my responses so they're a little more helpful:

I picked 'other' in the which AD do you take question because I take *both* an SSRI (Zoloft) and Welbutrin XL (just as Greeny mentioned, it's not uncommon to see people on more than one AD class at a time) so I didn't want to mess up those stats by chosing one since both are equally vital to me.

I didn't know how much that zoloft was helping until a new pdoc took me OFF of it. holy sh*t:

total breakdown, could not stop sobbing (hadn't cried in months previously) and I'm surprised I didn't hurt myself or cause any damage with the number of times I felt like I had to throw myself on the floor or throw things in my room because the wave of despair and grief was just so physically overwhelming. I went from getting along moderatly well, still a bit depressed but pretty stable to a hopeless, lonely blob of a waterfall almost overnight. so yes, my ADs help me. they apparently had been helping me fore months without my knowledge and it makes me shudder to think what this past year would have looked like without them.

the medications help me get to a point where I *can* get out of bed to do other things to help myself. before the medication, getting up and getting dressed, basic hygiene, seeing friends (yeah right), talking to family (double yeah right), going to therapy, getting good nutrition, and so on and so forth were LAUGHABLE (if I remembered what laughing was like)...so I'm very greatful that I had the oppertunity to start treatment medically so I could then move on to add other things to help rid me of the depression.

sorry for being so long-winded, just wanted to be clear I guess (did it work? lol)

meg

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I am less depressed on Lexapro 20mg than I was when I wasn't on AD's. A lot less depressed. I still just want to die though so I said I'm still depressed because being suicidal is a pretty big symptom. Additional things I do: Therapy, pets, music. Therapy doesn't help but pets keep me company and music makes me feel a little better.

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