• Has anyone started taking antidepressants after you were diagnosed?

    Asked by Bloodproblems on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    Has anyone started taking antidepressants after you were diagnosed?

    I've never had to have anything like that before because I've never been depressed. Not even close, but now I seem to mope around all the time and I can't get rid of this whoa is me feeling. I told my doctor about it and he just said I "might" need to take them. I really don't want to take another drug and I'm afraid of anti-depressants. Anyone else taking them?

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    • DJS's Avatar
      DJS

      Absolutely. They made a world of difference for me, and I am so grateful I had them. Remembering that they help restore your chemical imbalance at a time when chemo, added medications, and personal stress are likely to knock it off its usual even keel may make it easier for you to decide to let this help you get you back to center yourself. That’s all a good antidepressant should do - let you be you; not plaster a fake smile on your face. Anti anxiety meds are great, too, if you need just temporary boosts. Get help if/when you need it.

      3 days ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      I've never taken anything with reason.And I've survived with a reason.

      3 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Sorry to hear this. Withdrawing into the self is a natural, but not very beneficial reaction. Counseling of other psychological assistance might be worth looking into. If you are able,some form of helping others, from volunteer work to online interaction will expand your horizon, exposing you to others who share your situation, or are actually in worse shape. Focusing on them takes your focus off of yourself, and your self-worth will gain from the knowledge that you have helped.

      Balance this with keeping up with doctor's recommendations as to activity and medication. But, you are reaching out here, and so there are others that may also benefit from contact with you.

      Lastly, there is an anti-depression/anti-anxiety drug called Trazodone which can be very effective. Non-addicting, it is available in low-cost generic form. It is a 'clean drug' in that side effects are mild and actually beneficial (they help you to sleep soundly). You may start and stop as you need to. Consider asking doctor about it.

      If you do take it, do so as you are lying down to sleep. It is metabolized quickly and best to be close to your pillow when you take it. Otherwise, you'll be stumbling around like a drunk - don't ask me how I know!

      2 days ago

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