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voodoo-cats

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Hi everyone, I'm Char. I was diagnosed with both depression and anxiety just after my daughter was born. Previously I had always been overly anxious but just put it down to being normal. After my daughter was born, things escalated. I couldn't leave the house, go on public transport (still can't do that). However, the reason I'm here is because of my depression. It has got so out of hand now. I'm constantly breaking down, shaking, not even having 2 hours sleep, feeling drained and miserable. Today I thought about harming myself just to distract me and that's when I realised I need to find another way. I personally think my job triggers me majorly. Staff are waking out, being treated so ill and it's so poorly ran. I can't get out as I have no childcare and can't find another job with my hour availability. Sorry for the long post, I can't possibly think of a way to shorten how I feel. I'm also currently on 75mg Venlaxafine which doesn't do anything other than stop my rages :(
 
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Hi Char
Welcome to the forum! :welcome:
You should find help and support here, have a look around,
Hugs
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Hi Char

Welcome to the forum :)

It certainly sounds as if your depression is beginning to take over your life but at least you can see that and can now hopefully deal with it..

You are on 75mg Venlaxafine so given this I presume you are seeing a GP or psychiatrist...? If so could you go back now and discuss how you are feeling worse and not better... Maybe you need a mood stabiliser alongside the Venlaxafine to help you balance out your moods...

The other option is therapy.... There is a reason you're feeling the way you are so talking to a therapist could be very beneficial. I have been seeing a therapist for well over a year and a half weekly and would be absolutely lost without her... She somehow manages to really understand me and the connection with her is vital for me...

I also take meds - a few different ones and I see a psychiatrist too.... It sounds to me like you could do with more support in your life..

It's awful that you dislike your job so much and can't change.... but maybe it would be easier to deal with if you were feeling better mentally yourself...

Take care
 
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My GP is monitoring me and supplied me with them as Sertraline doses didn't work and other dosages of Venlaxafine didn't work. My GP has also referred me to have CBT but I know 100% it's not for me. I had another breakdown today after a panic attack. I was on my own and had nobody to calm me down so I just ended up being constantly sick, shaking and crying. I really think that the Venlaxafine is doing nothing. I think seeing a therapist may help but I can't afford to do it. I just wish I could be the person I was before all this.
 
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Dear voodoo-cats, the fact that this all got worse after having a baby suggests to me a nutritional depletion. I had that after my third baby in a row. I was totally depleted. I had to start eating super healthy. Does this sound plausible for you ?? If you can't afford a therapist, you can talk to us here. I'm available. :) I hate to think of you with a beautiful baby and all upset all the time.
 
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I thought that myself Poopy Doll. I cut out almost everything. I also changed to decaf tea. I'm also being tested for Crohns at the minute so my head is all over the place. I feel grateful I can chat to you lot here :). I'm back at the doctors on the 20th. I'm worried about telling him that the tablets are not working and he'll just put me on another lot. I feel like I'm wasting money of the NHS. Have any of you had bad experiences with Venlaxafine?
 
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Hi there. I am taking 150 ml venlafaxine for clinical depression, but thought this was a fairly low dose. So far I have not had any bouts of depression since I started it about two years ago. Like you, I also suffer with anxiety, for which I take a low dose of olanzapine. This combo has kept me sane for the last two years. for sleep problems I was prescribed mirtazapine, but I had to put up with weight gain.
 
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I thought that myself Poopy Doll. I cut out almost everything. I also changed to decaf tea. I'm also being tested for Crohns at the minute so my head is all over the place. I feel grateful I can chat to you lot here :). I'm back at the doctors on the 20th. I'm worried about telling him that the tablets are not working and he'll just put me on another lot. I feel like I'm wasting money of the NHS. Have any of you had bad experiences with Venlaxafine?
I am on Effexor 150mg....
No bad experiences on it but I still suffer from low moods/chronic depressive disorder..... I take a mood stabiliser also...

I was on 75mg until two months ago and have found a bit of a lift since I upped the dose... So all in all I think its good :)
 
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