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Anti-Depression drug questions

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Jeffreyj:
I have had good luck with Cymbalta. It seems to be mostly used for people with chronic pain, which I have...It's far from perfect, but it has taking the edge off somewhat.

Good Luck, try to keep a positive attitude.

I also think keeping  busy helps too.

bobino:

Iamrick,

As someone who's been on something like eight or nine different antidepressants over the last several years, the best advice that I can give you is to find a qualified psychopharmacologist to help you find the right medication.  Lithium may be appropriate for you, but it's got a number of unpleasant side-effects, so you really need to be sure that your condition has been properly diagnosed and that the drug is the right one for you.

In my opinion, your internist or GP is not qualified to prescribe these kinds of drugs.  You really need to see a specialist on this. 

As for me, I take trazodone and alprozolam (Xanax) for depression and anxiety, as well as Celexa.  The trazodone helps me sleep, and since it's generic, it's cheap as dirt.  I've tried a number of the SSRI's, but I've found I get better results with the older, tricyclic antidepressants. 

Hope this helps.

Iamrick:
Hi All,
  Well thought I would give an update, I decided to follow my own instincts since I didn't agree with what the Dr had to say. After much thought, I realized that I was still grieving over the death of my partner and that I needed to give myself more time. It was a year ago 8-13-06 that I lost him, so I had been dreading this month but to my surprise I have handled it very well. Yes, there have been a few moments but over all
I'm actually feeling much better. Thank you all for the help!!!!  Rick

xyahka:
So glad to hear you are feeling much better. Wish things keep on improving for you.

hugs,

Juan Carlos

bear60:
Rick
Its good to know you are doing well and have come to understand yourself better.  Thing is there is no one way to react to the death of a loved one. Just as there is no way to really understand what grieving will be like before it happens. My experience...like yours....is that it takes longer and affects us in subtle ways we never would have dreamed of.  But I do know now that grieving is a powerful emotion.

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