Hi, Lauryn -
A week is not long enough for most antidepressants to have their full effect, and I hope you'll give this more time. Your depression sounds pretty bad, and I know you'd like to get immediate relief. For most people, though, it can take time to find the medication that really works - I've gone through many of them before finding the ones that helped. But if you're in crisis you should immediately contact your doctor - hopefully a psychiatrist rather than a general practitioner - and ask for an emergency visit. If you feel yourself getting really frightened about suicidal thoughts, please call a suicide hotline - talk to someone!
I know it's discouraging but it's never easy to deal with severe depression, and often medications don't completely cure the problem. Other treatments - therapy, meditation, nutrition, for example - usually need to be combined with drugs. Medication can help you get stronger and closer to a decent state of mind so that you can figure out what else will be most helpful.
I'm sorry you're feeling so depressed and want you to know first that there are many on this site who've gone through this same misery - and who want to be helpful. This is a good place to come to for advice, and I hope you'll stay in touch here.
Hi. It's never a good idea to discontinue taking any medication due to withdrawal symptoms that can be very dangerous. If you're wanting to stop taking your anti-depressant, there are a few things you need to ask yourself.
1. Why do you want to quit taking it? Is it because you've been taking it for months and you feel you're cured of your depression? Many people who have been taking medications and begin to feel good again think they can stop. This is something to take up with your doctor.
2. Have you only been on this medication for a few days or a week or two and having side effects? Again, something to talk with your doctor about.
3. There's many medications to treat depression. If the one you've been taking is causing you problems, again, talk with your doctor.
Not sure how helpful I was but depression isn't something to ignore. I know, I saw what depression can do as my mother suffered from clinical depression for 13 years. At the end of her life, she wouldn't talk, didn't care about anything and sat and stared out the window. No one could get through to her that she had so much to live for with children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. All who loved and cared about her. We called it, "Slow Suicide" and believe me, it was so sad to stand back and watch my mother decline and I couldn't do anything about it.
I wish you all the best as you search for solutions
Lauryn, I hope you'll stay on your medication at least until you can see a psychiatrist - it might start kicking in any day. As you mentioned, you don't have these thoughts every day - can you let yourself think about the possibility of tomorrow being better? I don't remember if you've said that you have a therapist or not, but if you do, can you call him/her just to talk for a bit? Or do you have a minister or rabbi or anyone else you respect that you could talk to? The fact that you are having days when you feel better makes me think that you will have more of these days as you stay on the medication. Please hang in there and give it a chance. I'm glad you're writing here because we do care about you and want to know how you're doing. Hope to hear from you again soon.
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