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Posted on 11/30/18 3:47 AM
Hi all... lately I have been going back and forth from good days to bad days but a few weeks ago (like every so often) the depressing thoughts come storming into my head and I am severely depressed for weeks. I do not want to get out of bed, but I manage to. Then at work I am like a zombie, people must be able to tell a different. It is like I have highs and lows often, but then every so often I get a lo for weeks and it is hard to kick it.
I find that I let my mind become occupied with the thoughts of everything that happened to me during my young 20s and the things I have been through, which spirals me into deep depression.
I have seen a counselor before and I am on depression medicine (Lexapro 20 mg - I think it is), but why do I still get these deep and long lows?
Anything anyone can recommend on how to limit the thoughts occupying my mind?
Thank you for reading.
Beginning of the discussion - 11/30/18Tired of letting the thoughts occupy my mind... What can i do? https://www.carenity.us/forum/depression/living-with-depression/tired-of-letting-the-thoughts-occupy-my-mind-what-can-i-do-615
Posted on 11/30/18 3:59 AM
@whatistheissue I am sorry to hear that this is occurring. I am sure some members here have excellent and better advice, but I hear often that staying busy is one of the best things to keep your mind from becoming occupied by negative thoughts. I know it is easier said than done, but another thing that seems to help many is to appreciate and be thankful for the blessing you do have.
There also was new research that came out - forgot where - I will try and locate it - where they said people who use Facebook and Instagram a lot face higher bouts of depression because they subconsciously compare their lives to others. Not sure if it applies in this situation, but thought I would share it as I just heard about it the other day.
Posted on 1/11/19 5:41 AM
Hi "what is the issue", I spent 2 years (in my 50's) in the depths of severe depression. It was horrible as you describe. My GP prescribed a low dose (50 mg) of Venlafaxine(Effexor). It helped little if any. Finally my husband got me to a psychiatrist who upped it to 300mg/day. It was like a miracle. I have been back to my previous happy, upbeat attitude for 20 years. I am 73 now and still on Venlafaine (now lower dose of 150 mg per day).
My suggestion: Don't go to GP for this. Go to a specialist (Psychiatrist). Also discuss with your Psychiatrist the possibility of trying a higher dose OR a different medication. Believe me. It's well worth the effort and trial to get to the right treatment.
Posted on 9/2/19 8:52 PM
If you feel your doctor is not doing what he or she should do or does not care... I recommend you to find a different one. I recently did that a few months ago. I too was on Lexapro and the new psychiatrist seems to care and found that I was not seeing the benefits of Lexapro. I am now on Celexa and Buprotrin and at every visit she asks me how I am doing and we have worked with the dosage amount to find what best works.