Treatment update #2

Hi all!

I’m here to update you on how I’ve been doing.

In short: okay.

I’m continuing to take 125 mg of sertraline daily. This may change in the next month or two a) to see if a different medication works better for me, and b) because of side effects (add me to the long, long, long list of SSRI-takers who notice sexual side effects). In the past, I took bupropion (300 mg daily) in addition to sertraline, and this made a bit of a difference. So I may be prescribed that again, but who knows?

I’ve also started therapy; the wait list wasn’t quite as long as I expected! My therapist and I are using a combination of interpersonal therapy, ACT, and mindfulness. We’re off too a bit of a slow start, but I think things are going well overall.

I’m still volunteering. I’ve been going to job-searching workshops. I’ve made a friend! So my social life is considerably better than it has been in the past couple of years. Of course, socializing gives me anxiety, but I push on as best I can.

There are still “sad days” – days where I feel down and depressed for no good reason. But these days are less frequent now, and I don’t get quite as depressed. I figure if I have the occasional day where I lie in bed for an hour or two and feel bad for myself, that’s not as bad as spending a day or two in bed feeling bad for myself.

I’m not cured yet – I doubt I ever will be – but I’m doing okay, and that’s good enough for today. 🙂

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  1. Chris

     /  March 21, 2018

    I am wondering if you have ever had your DNA tested to see which antidepressant might work best for you. I did about two years ago…it turned out all of the drugs I had tried over my lifetime were ineffective due to a gene mutation I have! I am now on the right drug and doing really well.

    If you or any of your readers are interested I used The test was administered by the psychiatric department at a local hospital and my insurance paid for it.

  2. LC

     /  March 25, 2018

    I am still taking 3 kinds of antidepressants plus a sedative. I don’t think any of them really work unless I am in the mood to make them work. Had about a month long depressive episode which I haven’t had in years. Everything that came out of my mouth was either mean or hateful towards my family and I wasn’t being nice to my cats. Then last week, one day it just lifted off of me and I started feeling better. My poor Mom, she just hangs in there and tolerates my attitudes until something in my body changes and I become a nice caring person again. I know that I was doing it but just everything pissed me off. So glad that is over for now. I just feel tired, drained, and don’t want to do anything. I still go to work because I live a more expensive life than I can afford. I am spending way too much money which is another phase of the bipolar. On my days off, I become a shut-in and don’t want to leave the house and I disconnect the phones. Going to see my therapist tonight and my Psychiatrist in a few days. Started smoking weed thinking it would help. My memory has really been affected and I can’t think straight anymore even though it is just a few puffs every couple of nights. It just made things worse. I just want to retire and make the world go away. Gotta stop watching the national news for a while and find something else to do besides spend money through the internet. My responses are usually more upbeat and I try to be helpful but it’s just not in me right now. I am just existing day to day. Sorry I wasn’t any help to anybody this month on this site but this time I am the one reaching out now.

  3. Regarding your last sentence: I never look to my treatment (when I was still doing it) as a route to a cure. I only see it as a way to manage my depression. I won’t ever be free of it permanently.

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