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Offline Bartro

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #50 on: June 03, 2006, 08:55:35 AM »
There's more to depression than the "blues".   I remember when I was first diagnosed with depression.  I wasn't "blue".  I was angry.  There was really no good reason for the anger.  I remember walking around all day with my fists clenched.  People were afraid to talk to me.  I was never physically violent, just really nasty.  I had trouble sleeping and stupid things would really bother me.  I remember when I started taking something called ludiomil back in the seventies then the black cloud lifted.  I was a different person.  I developed empathy, which was new to me.  I realized that my employer was using my nastiness to make money.  I quit my job and went into another field.  Anti-depressants really changed my life for the better.   Some people say they take too many pills already.  I say, well, it's just one more. 

I've tried to quit the anti-depressants a number of times over the years, sometimes in conjunction with therapy.  The "black cloud" would always return.  It might take a month or so, but it would return.  I'd have to start on the meds again and it would take almost ten weeks to feel better again.  After that I just began to look at the med as a vitamin for the brain.  I don't think I'll ever try going off of them again.
« Last Edit: June 03, 2006, 08:57:11 AM by Bartro »
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Offline Markmt

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #51 on: June 03, 2006, 11:25:18 AM »
I was offered to go on anti-depressants, but having my partner and one particular family member who is not too keen on drug therapy in regards of depression, I enrolled on alternative treatment with a basic concept of nerve healing therapies/practices. Its a slow process (which could be a downfall in a fast living life!) but has worked miracles on me, and I take no drugs ( I was clinically depressed)

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #52 on: June 03, 2006, 12:16:17 PM »
I think that's complete bull.  >:(   (Why not say that to keep busy and fit will cure aids as well.

Chronical clinical depression is a disease and can be correctly diagnosed. It is not the same as feeling blue, or "feeling depressed". I think it's demeaning to suggest to keep busy will cure depression. I work more than full time and I'm very fit. The HAART therapy on the contrary has very little side effects for me, chemical stuff in itself is not a bad thing. My cd4's are 1205.

Joe, read the title of the thread... "How many of you take anti-depressants?".  I don't think the title was "How many of you are clinically depressed".  Focus...

I do know that if I let my activity level drop, my motivation to even get out of the house is very low.  Keeping busy, on a regular schedule (work, exercise, etc) DO help ME.  I didn't say that they help everybody.  I think it's unfortunate that you discount the experiences of others.  HAART therapy has few side effects for you but horrible side effects for others.  How can you say depression affects everybody the same?  Just my thoughts.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #53 on: June 04, 2006, 10:12:53 AM »
In my case, I recently stopped taking anti-depressant medication.
After starting HIV drug therapy 2 1/2 years ago, I really had trouble
with depression, mostly like due to the Sustiva.  So I tried a series
of anti-depressant medications (Serzone, Effexor, Wellbutrin, and
Cymbalta).  None of them helped me, and some of the side-effects
were really terrible (especially the sexual side-effects, but plenty of
others too, like insominia).

So two months ago I decided to stop anti-depressants altogether.
I still feel depressed -- but no worse or better than before.  At least
I'm not taking medications that, for me, had no effect.  I wish I could
find one that was effective for me, but none so far.

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Offline tnboy

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #54 on: June 04, 2006, 01:09:24 PM »
  I have been on anti-depressants for several years now. Presently on Effexor-XR. I have been on others as well. Talking about depression sometimes is almost like talking about politics or religion, many different views and opinions. It can't been seen under a microscope so for some people, and even some doctors, it does not exist. I think we all find what works best for us and that is what makes it the right thing to do.

Offline DCGuy511

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #55 on: June 04, 2006, 03:33:44 PM »
I take 300 MG of Wellbutrin XL and 10 MG of Celexa per day.  Are they magic? No. But they have made a huge difference in my life. Before I felt like was at the bottom of a dark well. The anti-depressant meds gave me the opportunity to see some light up there and climb out on my own.
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Offline PeteNYNJ

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #56 on: June 04, 2006, 04:05:08 PM »
I take 10mg of Lexapro...it helps to take the edge off.  I am going to ask my doc if he could give me something to help more with the anxiety. 


Offline Jeff64

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #57 on: June 04, 2006, 05:52:57 PM »
 ;D ;D ;D


I have been on Prozac, Pazil and now Celexa.

I really don't know if they work, but I take it with my vitamins in the morning.

I guess I am perpetually down...the pills do no seem to help. I hold hope in my heart that I will one day be "normal" whatever that is!

 ;D ;D ;D

Offline heartforyou

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #58 on: June 04, 2006, 07:51:38 PM »
Seems like 70% of us is on something to fight depression.

I am glad I am not the only one.

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Offline Joe K

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #59 on: June 04, 2006, 08:05:20 PM »
I believe that what confuses many people is they do not understand how depression really "works" and how treatment is targeted, depending upon the source of your depression.  For someone like Jacques, it appears that by changing some things and including exercise, that he was able to overcome his depression.  For others of us, we are not so lucky and that is when we must explore other treatments, often including both medication and therapy.

But that's where the rub comes in.  If you have a chemical imbalance in your brain, until you fix that imbalance, therapy is rather useless, because without the stability provided by the meds, you can't focus on your issues to incorporate any of the therapy that you have been given.  The best way I can describe it is that without the meds, I don't know that I am depressed, because all hope is generally lost.

With the meds, at least I know I am alive and not going insane by the torments in my head and by working with a good therapist, hopefully I can persevere and move on.  I view depression as just another side effect of HIV and with any illness, you just treat it, in whatever fashion works for you.

We also need to be careful about jumping on people who have success with different treatments, because we are all different and we are here to share what works for us, not to disparage others for sharing what worked for them.
« Last Edit: June 04, 2006, 08:42:50 PM by killfoile »

Offline joemutt

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #60 on: June 05, 2006, 07:55:08 AM »
There's a difference between feeling depressed, being depressed and having depression, being self-diagnosed or by a doctor, being prescribed medecine or coming up with a cure of your own. My bad.
I have a disease (depression) and therefore I take medicine (antidepressants).
« Last Edit: June 05, 2006, 08:07:27 AM by joemutt »

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #61 on: June 06, 2006, 08:49:38 AM »
There's more to depression than the "blues".   I remember when I was first diagnosed with depression.  I wasn't "blue".  I was angry.  There was really no good reason for the anger.  I remember walking around all day with my fists clenched.  People were afraid to talk to me.  I was never physically violent, just really nasty.  I had trouble sleeping and stupid things would really bother me.  I remember when I started taking something called ludiomil back in the seventies then the black cloud lifted.  I was a different person.  I developed empathy, which was new to me. 

I apologize if my posts made it seem like I was downplaying the gravity of clinical depression.

Offline Ihavehope

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #62 on: February 24, 2007, 06:19:56 PM »
Anyone on Celexa?

Celexa gives me dry mouth, migraines and Diahhrea.

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Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #63 on: February 24, 2007, 10:22:49 PM »
Since you bumped this back up Ihave, I'll play along. Even though I know depression is no laughing matter. Not saying you were but by my previous statement. That being said, I take Elavil which is an anti depressant but is not for that but for the pain I get in my arms and legs from time to time. I really try to take the pain til I can't stand it because it makes me wake up the next day feeling groggy. I couldn't see getting up that way on a daily basis, so I take it as needed which is what my doctor suggested.
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #64 on: February 25, 2007, 04:35:22 AM »


I responded on May 31st,06 to this question. My reply was number 16. I am still not taking any kind of anti depressants, as of Feb.25th,07 There is no need currently.


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Offline skeebo1969

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #65 on: February 25, 2007, 07:45:00 AM »


    I recently quit taking paxil, wellbutrin, and weed..lol.   Coming down was pretty much like a train wreck, which I attribute mainly to the paxil.
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Offline ryeguy

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #66 on: February 25, 2007, 09:21:49 AM »
I never thought about antidepressants. Maybe this could help me, at work I can be a real ass sometimes and I just don't know why.... I guess like most fags just because I can.... LOL.
But seriously, I also have a job which requires high concentration over long periods of time. Are antidepressants known to change One's level of concentration??

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #67 on: February 25, 2007, 10:19:42 AM »
I never thought about antidepressants. Maybe this could help me, at work I can be a real ass sometimes and I just don't know why.... I guess like most fags just because I can.... LOL.
But seriously, I also have a job which requires high concentration over long periods of time. Are antidepressants known to change One's level of concentration??

Wouldn't it be nice if you took an anti-depressant and it actually improved your concentration? That would be sweet.  ;D Something to ask your doctor. But at the same time, no one wants to be too giddy in the workplace. Interesting points you raise with your question.

(Not to hijack but Ryeguy there's aromatherapy specifically for mental concentration. But it's expensive and might not work for everyone)

A real ass? Fag bitchiness?! None of us here know what you're talking about, sorry  :D
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #68 on: February 25, 2007, 10:29:38 AM »
I took Remeron for a while, which made me put on weight....  not a good thing at the time for a body obsessed homo.  So I quit.  I probably should not have because I lived through a dark night of the soul which lasted about five years.  It wasn't until I discovered that my spirit reacts very well to physical activity and my addictions are able to be focused on my own endorphins.  For me, exercize is the most effective anti depressant.

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Offline Jeff64

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #69 on: February 25, 2007, 06:44:25 PM »
Hi,
I have thaken many antidepressants over the years...right now I have been taking Celexa for about three years.

I find that when on the drugs, I do not care about the little things that used to bug.

Jeff

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #70 on: February 25, 2007, 07:27:24 PM »
I've been taking Lexapro since starting up on Atripla 3 weeks ago now. I seem to be relatively past the Atripla side effects, except still waiting for the Lexapro to start kicking in....

Offline joyluckclub

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #71 on: February 26, 2007, 08:05:25 AM »
Well,

I am on Zoloft (depression), lamictal (bi polar 2), trazadone (sleep), and adderal (ADHD).  I think some unfortunate events from my past have triggered the depression and I have finally accepted my doctor's diagnosis of bipolar 2 (I'm finally in touch with myself enough that I noticed the cycles for depression and hypermania ). 

After my mother passed, my grandmother was severly depressed and never received treatment.  I have mental illness on both sides of my family.  I also have a cousin who is bipolar.
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Offline ScooterTrash

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #72 on: February 26, 2007, 08:15:43 AM »
20mg Lexapro
150mg Trazodone

Numb, grey, little contrast between happy and sad... Difficult to laugh, Impossible to cry.
Not sure if that's from the meds or from the depression itself. But after four months most of the suicidal ideology subsided. been on them for over a year now.
It's difficult for me to say what the physical side effects are.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #73 on: February 26, 2007, 10:36:30 AM »
But seriously, I also have a job which requires high concentration over long periods of time. Are antidepressants known to change One's level of concentration??


If you have Attention Deficit Disorder you'd be more likely to be given something like Adderoll XR
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Offline Ihavehope

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #74 on: February 26, 2007, 10:37:00 AM »
The reason I brought this up was because when I started Celexa in October, before my diagnosis, it was the worse feeling EVER. I woke up really dizzy, sleepy and didn't know where and why I was doing things. I would walk in the streets and feel very high and would have severe diahhrea. I took it for a week and then called my Psych doc and told her the side effects were very bad and she told me they were normal and to wait for 3 weeks for the side effects to slowly diminish. I went to week two and just couldn't handle the side-effects of Celexa and quit. I felt better the next day I quit. I am severely depressed now and go to therapy, support group and all but I feel I need more. I wonder what pills would work best with little side effects.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #75 on: February 26, 2007, 10:40:03 AM »
I took Remeron for a while, which made me put on weight....  not a good thing at the time for a body obsessed homo.  So I quit. 

It's great though for someone who just suffered a weight loss and has insomnia.  I took it for about 3 years but stopped last year when I started to go over my "baseline" desired weight.  I remember the first weekend I took it I went for a weekend visit at some friends out in the country and at half an apple pie after dinner.  I also liked the sedative effect, though unlike others here I never felt groggy when I woke up.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #76 on: February 26, 2007, 10:42:32 AM »
I wonder what pills would work best with little side effects.


There's no easy answer.  Sometimes you have to go on and off several things before you find the right one.

In my case I think I've now given up, after being on probably six different things in the past 5 years.  All the SSRI's make feel like I'm on speed and I can't handle them.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #77 on: February 26, 2007, 10:48:58 AM »
I love my happy pills.  Depression runs in the family.  Happy pills make everything ALLLL better.  Prozac, its whats for breakfast.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #78 on: February 26, 2007, 11:00:59 AM »
lol. ACinKC... thanks for the happy pill story. You always seem so cheery maybe I should try prozac.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #79 on: February 26, 2007, 11:40:54 AM »
I'm gonna ask my Doc about prozac, today I was such a bitch at work. I just cant help myself when co-workers become sooooo stupid. Maybe an anti agresive non-bitch pill would be best fo rme:_)))

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #80 on: February 26, 2007, 11:43:14 AM »
I'm gonna ask my Doc about prozac, today I was such a bitch at work. I just cant help myself when co-workers become sooooo stupid. Maybe an anti agresive non-bitch pill would be best fo rme:_)))

LOL, a chill pill. That's what I need too  :-\ And a pill to make me a nicer person would be nice too.

All joking aside, can anyone here talk about any "good" side effects of taking anti-depressants?  ???  Now that I can no longer afford the high price of being "nature boy" (i.e., aromatherapy), I think I should look into some sort of mood control via chemicals  :-\
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #81 on: February 26, 2007, 12:15:17 PM »

Hey Heart,

I have been on anti-depressant's for years, even before HIV entered my life, I tried to go off of them about a year ago and I pretty much crashed, I could barley even work. I thought I could go without them and boy was I wrong. My doctor told me not to do that, and to stay on them. I just didn't think I would need them forever. Oh lucky me... :-\

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #82 on: February 26, 2007, 12:37:46 PM »
Shit all my life ive needed one drug or another.  Pills are in my life to stay and pretty much have been since i was 8! I was ADHD way before it was cool.

I normally do have a glass is half full type outlook on life and constantly remind myself how lucky I am to be alive and in a decent country (current douchebag leadership aside).  I won the genetic lottery and this helps with my outlook for the most part.

I try to remember that I'll never get out of this thing alive and that just when I start to think about how bad things are going, I think of a pediatric cancer center, or a burn unit....  and I never seem to have a problem reminding myself it is really never that bad afterall.

I do love my pills tho.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #83 on: February 26, 2007, 03:28:51 PM »
Hermie,

I don't know how I missed this thread since "depression" is my middle name.  My clinical diagnosis was made in 1994 but in retrospect my psych and I realize the first bout occurred when I was in 4th grade.   The diagnosis is dysthymia, or chronic "low-grade" depression, coupled with regular bouts of severe depression.   I would be dead if I hadn't started taking anti-depressants.

Currently I take paxil, elavil, seroquel, klonopin, and adderall.   Paxil and elavil help with depression and anxiety, seroquel and klonopin help me sleep, and adderall gives me enough energy to get the basics taken care of, like walking the dogs, feeding everyone, cleaning litter boxes, etc.   I've had a problem with fatigue since 1994 and after contracting chronic hep B in 2001 I have never recovered the stamina and energy I used to have.

Some folks look at what I'm taking and say "you need the adderall to wake you up from the klonopin and seroquel" but they're wrong.    I've been taking klonopin for so long I'd have to take 20mg to be hung over the next day (I take 4 - 6mg).  I started taking adderall in 2003 because fatigue and lack of energy caused by the hep made me sleep all day.

In reading through this thread I noted a few people don't believe anti-depressants are useful, or believe they can handle depression through exercise, meditation, kewpie dolls, etc., or who don't even believe depression is a true illness.  I'm happy you apparently have never dealt with severe depression but you might as well tell a diabetic not to use insulin.   Depression is as physical an illness as AIDS and it can be just as deadly.

I am a born skeptic and after trying a few anti-depressants, some with awful side effects, I almost threw in the towel.  The day I started taking paxil my entire life changed.   The incessant anxiety disappeared.  The desire to be dead vanished.  I went to see a movie by myself that day, something I'd never been able to do due to absurd self-consciousness bordering on paranoia.   

We are each a grab-bag of biochemicals and some of us have imbalances that cause any number of mental health problems like depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.   Those of us who are lucky will find a med that ameliorates the imbalance and allows us to live a more "normal" life.


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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #84 on: February 26, 2007, 03:56:47 PM »
A word search for "kewpie dolls" shows that you just made a false statement.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #85 on: February 26, 2007, 04:21:20 PM »
A word search for "kewpie dolls" shows that you just made a false statement.

You should have searched for "meditation" too, dillweed, since it isn't mentioned either.  Two negatives make a positive so my statement is true.  FOAD!!

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #86 on: February 26, 2007, 05:22:13 PM »
I took Paxil when i was like 13 (before they knew that it can cause teenagers to think suicidal thoughts hehe at least i know why i thought i was going crazy back then).....said i haid social anxiety disorder hehehe

I also took seroquel for a while but that made me feel like i was hit by a bus everyday for about 2 months so i said fuck that :-O (dont know how people take that stuff)...

take a xanax every now and then but not often

Who wouldve thought at 18 I became a stripper and took my clothes off for money (im over that shit now though hahaha...not really something someone with social anxiety would do :-O)....Ive been on Wellbutrin 300mg for about 3 years now and i notice everytime i stop taking it i lose focus and feel like crap...so ill keep taking it ffor now hehe...
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #87 on: February 26, 2007, 05:39:48 PM »
Wellbutrin to stop smoking...but planning to stay on it for a while, or possibly something stronger if my doc will give it to me ;)
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #88 on: March 11, 2007, 10:41:27 AM »
There's more to depression than the "blues".   I remember when I was first diagnosed with depression.  I wasn't "blue".  I was angry.  There was really no good reason for the anger.  I remember walking around all day with my fists clenched.  People were afraid to talk to me.  I was never physically violent, just really nasty.  I had trouble sleeping and stupid things would really bother me.  I remember when I started taking something called ludiomil back in the seventies then the black cloud lifted.  I was a different person.  I developed empathy, which was new to me.  I realized that my employer was using my nastiness to make money.  I quit my job and went into another field.  Anti-depressants really changed my life for the better.   Some people say they take too many pills already.  I say, well, it's just one more. 

I've tried to quit the anti-depressants a number of times over the years, sometimes in conjunction with therapy.  The "black cloud" would always return.  It might take a month or so, but it would return.  I'd have to start on the meds again and it would take almost ten weeks to feel better again.  After that I just began to look at the med as a vitamin for the brain.  I don't think I'll ever try going off of them again.

Hey everyone. Wondering if other members here could speak on the anger thing. Did anti-depressants help you with rage issues? Now that I can no longer afford expensive aromatherapy (Medicaid doesn't cover it, it never did  :D) I think I totally need to look into anti-rage options.

Thanks
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #89 on: March 11, 2007, 11:05:21 AM »
Hello,

My doctor put me on Effexor when I voiced concerns about depression.  Now I realize that the Atripla (Sustiva I assume) was making me paranoid (I would wake up in the middle of the night paranoid about something someone said during the day), depressed and my self-esteem was suffering as well.  I also notice I feel intelligent (clarity and focus) again and less angry at the world when things don't go my way, I look for solutions.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #90 on: March 11, 2007, 03:56:14 PM »
Antidepressants work for some and not for others. I fall into the second category. I've tried several of them over the years and all were completely useless. I find the cognitive behaviour therapy Iím involved in much more effective.

"Clients who are comfortable with introspection, who readily adopt the scientific method for exploring their own psychology, and who place credence in the basic theoretical approach of cognitive therapy, may find this approach a good match. Clients who are less comfortable with any of these, or whose distress is of a more general interpersonal nature -- such that it cannot easily be framed in terms of an interplay between thoughts, emotions and behaviours within a given environment -- may be less well served by cognitive therapy. Cognitive and cognitive-behavioural therapies have often proved especially helpful to clients suffering from depression, anxiety, panic and obsessive-compulsive disorder."

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #91 on: March 11, 2007, 08:37:00 PM »
Hello,

I am not currently on antidepressants, but I was before I was diagnosed HIV positive.  I use to take Remeron and I also took Wellbutrin.  Since becoming positive I have realized that I am not the same jovial person that I once was.  I am thinking about making an appointment to see a Psychiatrist becasue I was once diagnosed as having major depression.


I have wondered how widespread the use of anti-depressants is amongst HIV pos people.

I myself have been on Prozac for about 1 year.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #92 on: March 11, 2007, 08:42:06 PM »
I have been on Cymbalta for about 6 months now.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #93 on: March 11, 2007, 10:46:45 PM »
Jeffrey, I am also now on Cymbalta (60mg).   I am supposed to take one a day, but due to the high cost of the drug ($60 copay for me) I am only taking it every other day.   It seems to be working pretty well for me.

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #94 on: March 12, 2007, 02:54:33 PM »
hola
I take 40mg/day of Citalopram (celexa) which works pretty well for me and I certainly wouldnt ever want to be without. I upped the dose after diagnosis but was on the pills for many years before. Previously I had tried a number of other SSRIs with immediate and hideous side-effects, so I would suggest to anyone who has tried one drug and had problems that they try another because they are all so different, and what disagrees with one person may work wonders for another.
good luck!
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #95 on: June 15, 2007, 10:38:46 AM »
I have suffered from depression my whole life and been diagnosed with bipolar disorder for a long time,but I notice since being on hiv meds my depression is worse.
I'm on cymbalt and seroquel

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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #96 on: June 15, 2007, 11:49:59 AM »
Antidepressents, sure I think I have been on everything. At this time I am on a cocktail that seems to work well for me. Prozac, Busprine, an occasional Xanax and for those manic days Ruspridol. I have taken Effexor with this whole cocktail at times, or wellbutrin.
I am of the firm belief that someone on antideprresents needs to couple that up with therapy so I do see a therapist. I have been known to even see two at once. A cognitive therapist that I can use as a sounding board, although I have been known to play with their minds a bit, so I have to have a sharp one. I also like to do some experiential therapy, and movement therapy. (I dance it off)
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #97 on: June 15, 2007, 11:58:30 AM »
I take Cymbalta too.  60mg 1X day.  I works for me.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #98 on: June 15, 2007, 03:11:40 PM »
the doctor gave me 50mg trazodone to help with sleep and the bad dreams. (i cut them in half)
The doctor,nurse and the wife all talk about antidepressants for me to deal with the depression
 I tried aidsmeds forums instead. making a few friends here to have someone to talk with about it
 (thanks for talking with me this week rapid rod)
And a little education from the lessions section here.
 I will do the doctors on my own this week with out letting the wife deal with it and me being in denial.
I'm done feeling sorry for my self and I'm done saying I'm sorry. I'm going to enjoy life and thank god I'm better off than some of the folks that post here. seems my problems are small at the moment. health is not bad.
i think its getting better.
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Re: How many of you take anti-depressants?
« Reply #99 on: June 17, 2007, 12:21:43 AM »
I took them for the first two years of my diagnosis.  Since then I've stopped taking 'em.  If my life is going to rely heavily on pills I refuse to rely on something to make me happy, so I go on long walks and it seems to work wonders.
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