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I've been struggling for two months. I was on escitalopram 20mg for several years then last summer things got v bad with anxiety. Since then my gp put me on pregabalin (last oct) but I was never able to get beyond 100mg a day.
In April he introduced 15mg Mirtazipine as I'd had success with that years ago. It seemed to help! I had to taper off pregabalin and escitalopram which I did both quite quickly in June. End of June, massive anxiety and depression! Looking back, I can see how the depression had been taking hold for many many months.
Anyway. I've now been back on 10mg escitalopram with 15mg Mirtazipine for five weeks. Plus Zopiclone up to 7.5. Plus diazepam as needed.
I've been an isolated depressed anxious mess for weeks. I'm a single mum and been trying to keep it all going.
I also have a health condition called ME/CFS.
Anyway. Had my long awaited psychiatrist assessment yesterday. Very thorough. Outcome is to taper down on the escitalopram over next two weeks. Then stop that and the Mirtazipine and immediately start Sertraline.
There will be therapy at some point once stable.
I've also had to stop the Zopiclone.
Part of my depression is obsessively reading up on all this stuff! Anyone else?
I'm scared. I need positive stories and encouragement.
I want to be able to hold conversations again, focus on things I enjoy like tv programmes and art and family. And be able to sleep again!
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