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Rooftree

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Am new here, desperately looking for anyone who has been or is in my situation. I was doing fine until Sept last year, stable on meds, holding down an (albeit unfulfilling) job. Doc suggested I come off meds (even though was depressed as a child, depressed parents have had a number of depressive episodes, although I survived 40+yrs without meds). Bad tapering advice led to withdrawal insomnia and anxiety, go said go back on meds, you’ll be fine in couple of weeks, take some time off work). 4 months and unsuccessful psych hospitalisation later, am still off work, severely depressed, totally withdrawn, hate being in house but hate going out as well. Gp referred back to MH specialist at hospital, going round in circles following that up. On verge of losing job which means homelessness for me and partner (no children). On venfaxakine 225 for 8 wks now but no change. Seems AD’s only work when you’re carrying on with day to day life and not when you’re trapped in house you hate but are about to lose, thinking this will never get better. Tried all self help and just makes me worse. Is there any hope? Hate waking up in the morning with no purpose but too much has happened for me to be able to return to work. Frightened for future and med system has been one let down after another. Thanks for reading and wish you good mental health
 
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Hi. I'm sorry to hear how bad you are feeling right now. I noticed you haven't had any replies to this post. I'm not sure if I can be much help as I'm in a bad way myself at the moment. I was on citalopram for 2 years. A fairly low dose tbh but at one point I had major setback. The docs suggested I stop taking citalopram and put me on something else. This was a bad idea for me as it just made me 10 times worse. It can take longer for your meds to work when you go back on them. It does seem like you have been on them long enough for them to start working again. I would talk to somone about changing your dose by upoing them or maybe changing your meds altogether. It will be a rough ride but all ADs can make you feel worse before you feel better so be prepared for a bumpy ride. You can't feel much worse than you probably already do right now right? I'm sorry I wasn't much help. I noticed no one had replied to you and you are obviously in need of some help. Hope you get the outcome you are looking for. Also when I changed my meds it took about 5 months before I started to feel better x good luck 😊
 
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Hi rooftree, and welcome to the forum. You’ve done well to get this far before needing meds By four months you should be seeing some effect from the medication. Don’t be afraid to go back to your p/doc. It can take quite a while to get the right medication for you. Unfortunately one pill can differ greatly from another. Be honest with you p/doc or CPN whichever you have and tell them your feeling no better. I’ve lost count of the different meds I’ve had till they finally got it right. They will get you over this eventually :hug:
 
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Thanks for your replies. Soonest appt with pdocs is 2 weeks. Original meds failed to reinstate. Am in limbo/hell - thanks for taking the time to reply though.
 
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Thanks for your replies. Soonest appt with pdocs is 2 weeks. Original meds failed to reinstate. Am in limbo/hell - thanks for taking the time to reply though.
Keep trying and don't give up! I you will find one that works for you. Its scary changing meds or changing doses but just keep trying. Speak to people who care about you and what they would do if in your situation . It sounds like you need to change your meds and try something else. If they aren't working for you yet maybe that's a sign.
 
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Ring the doctors again and ask to see someone other than your usual doctor that has an appointment sooner. Plus seeing somone new, they might have a different perspective on what might work better for you x worth a try right? If x good luck
 
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Thanks all. Podc is emergency referral. GP won’t deal with me. Spoke to private counsellor today and hoping that will help. Not used to problems I can’t resolve myself. Not used to having to ask for help when the NHS has failed me (used to organise mtgs with directors and council finance leads for integrated healthcare in my job and am now on other side so can attest to how bad things are). Just feeling hopeless and helpless and can’t relax at home, or outside.
 
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