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December 11th, 2006, 03:05 AM
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I think everyone suffers from depression to some degree...unless you live in lala land...life can be very depressing.
Have I taken medication for it, no....but I have several people close to me who have.
I guess I just wanted to post and tell you that there is a board on here for mommies who suffer with depression, and the majority of the ladies on there are being treated in some way or another - maybe you can find what you are looking for on that board, or find someone who can realte to the medicines....
But I am sure you are great person...I like to look at depression like an illness, just like anything else that needs to be treated by a doctor and or medication
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December 11th, 2006, 09:00 AM
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I have suffered from depression in the past and everybody in my immediate family has as well. In fact my father is Bi-Polar. I haven't had any problems in a few years with depression. I know that although Wellbutrin caused some sexual side effects, it worked well and was worth it. I also work in a Mental Health Center and believe me, we have a lot of patients that you would have no idea if you saw them on the street that they are on any type of medication. I do know that Paxil is a pretty popular medication with our doctor's. You are definitely not alone and you can PM at anytime. By, the way, not that it makes a difference, but ever since the whole Brook Shields/Tom Cruise thing, I have totally boycotted anything to do with him. Not that he would notice or anything but I have lost all respect for that man.
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December 11th, 2006, 10:49 AM
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I had never really suffered from depression until my last pregnancy. Around the second trimester I got extremely depressed. I just didn't feel like myself at all! I had been on Paxil since right after the birth of my first son. After he was born I started having frequent panic attacks. I felt like I couldn't breathe all the time. So, I quit taking the Paxil when I found out I was pregnant with Logan.

My mind would race and I felt this emptiness. It is so hard to explain now. I cried ALL the time. I tried Zoloft and I probably didn't give it a fair chance because I only took two. But I had every side effect possible (at least it seemed like it) and I just didn't want to deal with that. So, I continued being depressed until I was about 33 - 34 weeks along. I put myself back on the Paxil, but broke it in half so I was only taking 10mg. It didn't make me feel 100% better, but I definitely felt lighter...happier. After I had Logan I quit taking the Paxil, I began suffering PPD so I put myself back on it. I'm still taking the 10mg and I feel great! I guess it was the wacked out hormones making me depressed. It was awful, I'm scared to get pregnant again just because I don't want to go through that hell again.

Anyway, you are not alone! I also dislike Tom Cruise. I was never a big fan of his, but now I just think he is ignorant and feel sorry for him. I would hate to be that close minded...what a shame.

I know what you mean about wanting to be "normal" without taking the medication. While I was prego I looked for every natural depression cure I could find. I tried prayer, exercise, organic food...

Good luck! I hope you overcome this and if not, don't feel bad about taking the meds. Just try to enjoy your life as much as you can! Sometimes earsier said than done, I know
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December 11th, 2006, 12:51 PM
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Been there, done that! You're not alone (as you can already tell). I was put on meds in college. It's awful to feel that way. It is an illness; it has nothing to do with not being thankful for what you have or anything like that. I read something that said over 8 million people are on anti-depressants. I'm not right now, but I go through bouts of "the blues". I've always been that way. When I was a little kid I remember crying for silly reasons & feeling empty & sad (I had a great childhood; it wasn't that). I think there are different triggers for everyone, not to mention hormonal imbalances, etc. Lately I've been feeling down. My DH is gone a lot and it's hard taking care of a baby alone, then there are the nasty hormones again. I think I've snapped out of my funk, though...I was considering heading to the dr. because I was feeling awful & didn't care about much of anything. I need to get out of the house more.

So, with all that rambling, just wanted to let you know you're not alone, you're not a "nut", and I think it's great that you found something that works for you
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December 11th, 2006, 02:14 PM
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Yes, I have suffered from depression. There is some kind of chemical imbalance on my mothers side of the family. Five people have commited suicide!!!! Crazy stuff! I was really bad.....cried constantly, couldn't get out of bed and I always thought I was dying! Finally I was put on paxil, but had to stop when I got pregnant with Ayden. A couple of years later I felt I still needed something because I was always on edge. Doctors put me on Zoloft. It worked wonders. After six months I decided to go off it. I didn't want to rely on it anymore. So far, so good. It's been almost 2 years and I'm doing great!
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