UPDATED 4/4 6PM IN RED. Long History With Depression/Anxiety, New to Group. Question about Med. Need Suggestions.
4/4 UPDATE: I WANTED TO THANK ALL YOU LADIES AGAIN, AND LET YOU KNOW THAT I SAW MY DOCTOR YESTERDAY AND SHE UP MY DOSAGE OF EFFEXOR. SHE SAID IF THAT DOES'T HELP IN A MONTH OR SO, WE CAN UP MY DOSE OF ABILIFY AS WELL. SHE DIDN'T WANT TO CHANGE BOTH AT ONE TIME, WHICH I AGREE WITH. I AM HOPING THIS HELPS. HONESTLY FINDING THIS GROUP MAKES ME FEEL A LITTLE LESS ALONE AS WELL, SO THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR SUCH HONEST SUPPORT.
I UPDATE: POSTED BELOW BUT DIDN'T REALIZE I AM STILL ANONYMOUS. I AM LAURA AKA NEWOLDMOMMY.
am new to the group but not to depression/anxiety. I am 40 years old, been married for 10 years, and we have a fantastic 3 year old little girl. I have been battling depression & anxiety since my mid 20's. I have better and worse times, but have never felt like my pre-depression state, except for once. So I have 2 questions about meds,and could really use advice, in a rough patch right now.
So over the years I have been on Zoloft, Celexa, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Paxil, Abilify, Trazadone, & valium. All help/helped for a while, then they stop. The only time I ever felt like my old self was the 1 time I was on pain med after my c/sec. I never (like 2 times a year) drink, and I have never done drugs. But when I left the hospital I was NOT on anti-depressants (went off for pregnancy), but i DID go home with a RX for 5/325 percocet. Forget physical pain, I could live with that, but even a 1/2 of a pain pill in the am and the other 1/2 in the pm made me mentally feel "normal." Nothing I have ever been on has come close to how the small dose of pain meds made me feel. Well of course I ran out and that was that. Went back on Antidepressants/anxiety meds with the usual "less than decent feeling". I goto therapy and discussed my experience with my therapist. All I got was that is not a way to treat depression and NO I don't know of anything non-narcotic that you could try.
So, can anyone tell me:
1. Is there a depression/axiety med out there that helped you that I haven't tried?
2. Has anyone else experienced the same effect from a pain med?
I JUST want to feel like my old decently happy self. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks.