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Hello I'm coffecat. I'm 21 & I work in a cafe. I found this web page when I went looking for information about pristiq.

Getting other people's take on the drug was really helpful. I might not have stuck it out through the first week of side effects if I hadn't found this site. On week three now & feeling a lot better.

I've been dealing with depression, anxiety, a little PTSD, & on again-off again suicidal tendencies since I was about 13. I've always muddled through on my own, but a lot of rough stuff has happened lately (my grandpa has cancer, as does my bf's mom with whom I live, one of my close friends died, & I've had to take on a lot of responsibility at work, which stresses me out because I'm a perfectionist & a people pleaser). Oh, I also have daddy issues & find it nearly impossible to trust men.

My depression became impossible to deal with. I was thinking about giving up on life pretty much all the time. So I decide it was time for a change & started seeing a therapist. I've only seen her twice, but so far I love her & I think she can really help me sort through all my emotional baggage. But she does not prescribe medication, which I felt like I needed to avoided offing myself before I could get a handle on every thing. So I got a prescription from my GP.

The side effects were awful the first week; overwhelming nausea & shakiness were the main problem. I had to miss two days of work because I felt so sick. Luckily I have understanding coworkers who helped me out, & a friend I trust enough to tell about the AD helped me through as well.

Right now it feels like the depression comes & goes. I'll feel really happy & have lots of energy, or I'll feel vaguely sad & tired. But that's a significant improvement on how I felt before, & I'm not constantly thinking about giving up. So all in all I'm doing ok at the moment. Hopefully with therapy & a little help from my friends I can get back to a healthier state of mind!

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Hello and Welcome to CB!


It sounds like you have been proactive with your treatment.  I'm sorry there are so many difficult things going on in your life right now.


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Welcome to Crazyboards.  It sounds like you are taking some positive actions to improve your life, and that's a really good thing!  I'm glad you found us on the internet and I hope you enjoy meeting your fellow crazies.



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I love coffee and cats so I think your username is the shit. But you could very well mean "cat" in reference to yourself as a human because people used to say that shit, I guess. WOW, I am articulate today.


Either way, welcome to the boards!

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