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Hey all! Jumping in here to introduce myself!

I'm in my late forties, been dealing with depression / anxiety issues my whole life but only medicated for the last two years. These two years of have been a roller coaster ride of doctors, meds and diagnosis. I've been told I'm bipolar and then another doctor tells me I'm "not bipolar, just major depressed", and then the counselor tells me I'm also dealing with ptsd and anxiety issues.

My meds have been changed quite a few times over the last couple of years - Symbyax, Zyprexa, Neurontin, Wellbutrin, Prozac, Abilify. Currently taking Pristiq and not happy about the side effects, with a side order of Neurontin for anxiety. Researching my meds is how I ended up here.

I have a goal to get to where I can function on a daily basis without an anxiety attack or uncontrolled crying and to do that with counseling and a medication that doesn't have side effects worse than the original problem. I want to a peaceful and productive life and live that life to its fullest for as long as I can.

I'm hoping that by connecting with other people that are have similar issues I can learn and be a more informed part of my own treatment. I don't think I've had control of the situation up to this point and I need to do that.

Glad to meet you all and glad that you're here!

- Patty

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