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Changing meds and managing depression. Help please

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I’m really struggling to stay afloat here. Have been for months. Depression is at an all time low. Physically aching from it. I can’t seem to do anything to make it stop. Nothing has helped, not really. Maybe a couple hours of relief if I smoke a bowl, but that’s it, rest of the day and night is spent feeling so fucking painfully miserable that it leaves me feeling incapable of doing anything at all. It’s relentless.

I have an appointment coming up next week with GP, meant to talk about medication review. I have been on sertraline for years, has helped massively with anxiety but not as effective with depression.

Recently had to increase dose to 200mg to try and help get me throughout this shitty period in time. But after a couple months I went back to 150mg. Got head spins very badly on 200mg, made exercise too difficult.

So been back on 150mg for maybe a month now. Have had a couple of incidents with SI during the past couple of weeks, which I haven’t had since being medicated.

I have been concerned about coming off medication to go on something different. Feels like I’m in a no win scenario. When I first went on sertraline think i tried around half a dozen different type of meds before settling on this. What if I come off this and it all goes to shit and nothing else works?

Wondering if anyone can shed some light on what to expect in the next couple months. And if anyone has had similar experiences with sertraline. Is it possible to take something else with sertraline? Or will i need to go off this completely to go on something else? What medications have people found helped with depression? I’m very glad to have the anxiety down to a manageable level, but it’s the depression that’ll do me in. I need to get on top of it, like right fucking now.

I’m also shitting myself about taking any “next steps”. Next step being medication review with a psychiatrist. It’s new territory for me, perhaps something I should have done a long time ago, but I keep trying to squash things down and pretend I’m managing better than I am. I’m really nervous about it all. Any advice, help, suggestions, support greatly appreciated
 
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I did a straight switch from sertraline to venlafaxine a little over a month ago. It was fine in that I didn't feel any withdrawal or side effects. I still feel just as bad though - waiting for the new med to do something is miserable.

Sorry... Probably not much help to you but I do sympathise.
 
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Appreciate you sharing with me, thanks Rainbow
 
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It's such a difficult process isn't it. I hate the idea of going through this process with multiple meds, trying to find one that helps, and like you, I worry that I won't find that one. It's really crap and unfair.
 
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