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Hi

have been taking mirtazapine 15mg for ten weeks, at first they seemed to be working, but the last week has been awful, so depressed with the odd suicidal thought, and EVERYTHING is an effort. Going to the gp this week, and going to ask to either come off them or up to 30mg.

obviously with me being so low, he is likely to put me up to 30mg, but I really don't know?? Every decision is so difficult. Just come back from a supposed holiday, where I spent 4 of the 7 days in my hotel room, thought when came back would be better, but not the case

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    hello mark,

                  At the moment im tapering off mirtz..i was on 15mg then up dosed to 30mg few weeks back i had thoughs of sucide the last straw so decided to come off mirtz...tell your GP mark and maybe try something better for you 

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    Hello Mark, thoughts of harm need to be addressed and by folks experienced in their management. Don't forget you can call Samaritans any time to have a chat. For me, I'm on both Mirt 30mg and Venlafaxine 150mg and I'm much better for it. I did have to find a good psychiatrist before I was able to make progress back from the dark side. I hope you feel better soon, all the best, David.
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    Hello Mark,

    Try not too worry Mark, it,ll be resolved by your GP I,m sure. He,ll either up your dose or add something else to it, either way it,ll be fine just hang on in there a little while longer smile

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    Hey Mark the same has happened with me. I dont know wether to up to 30 or just ride it out. will you let us know how you go on?
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    Hi ruby, yes will let you know. At doctors on Thursday, I will either come off them or up dose, depends on his advice, can't stay as am, although bit better today
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    Hi mark, sorry your feeling depressed I completely get you x Just wanted to share my experience with these tabs, I reluctantly took the suggestion of finally taking an anti depressant and I am truly gutted I ever did. I was on them for 3 weeks and felt like I had a hangover in the morning, alot more sluggish generally and extreme low moods with thoughts that I would never usually have. I wasnt offered talking therapies or groups or any self help groups I could go to but I did source these out for myself, I think its pretty dangerous what just prescribing can do.. I never fancied the thought of playing with chemicals after I had been an alcoholic for ten years and although absitent now even that chemical has sent my head into a screwball. I went back to gp they suggested I stay on them and do not just stop. I have stopped and today I feel I am coming back into my normal self, still have issues to be dealt with but with my mind not altered into crazy mode I am doing ok, attended a mindfullness class today, and referred myself for some counselling, also got in touch with a bereavement charity who have offered me some support as soon as tomorrow, I feel much better already. We are depressed for a reason surely, and masking it to make money for big organisations is not the answer in my opinion. I hope you find the support out there and start to feel so so muh better as soon as, x god i can ramble lol and Im gutted this doesnt have spell check haha take care
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    Hi can

    Thanks for reply. I felt that at first the mirt did help, with only a groggy feeling in the morning as a real side effect, slipped back recently, but feel a little bit better last 2 days. They have certainly helped with sleep, but do feel more tired on them. Been to doctor today and he has suggested upping g dose to 30mg. Got prescription, but not sure if I should

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    Sorry zan, predictive txt again! Not sure if should take increase dose, as the lower dose is more sedative, and may help more with sleep, but higher dose may not feel so listless. Dammed if do etc, everybody different I guess
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    hi mark. i was on 15mg then 30mg i felt awfull on 30mg even on 15mg i felt unwell..think hard about it mark ive come off them now still tapering but feel more clearer..goodluck 
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    they began me on 30mg and i freaked the **** out, I really dont know what to make of these tabs or any to be honest, I have been reading through all the different posts and I just wish I would have done before actually starting them, I know everyone is different but there seems to be alot of negativites about these tablets, I also wasnt aware that you can experiance withdrawels from them, i think its crazyness lol try self help groups ect see if that makes a difference, are you trying to prolong what you havent yet dealt with? if so deal with it now, a tablet is never gonna solve things forever unless your numbed forever on them and thats even more crazy to me, we have to feel to grow even when it hurts us it makes us stronger and it empowers us making depressive thoughts subside.. if we do positive things positive things are bound to happen surely? use this space to say whats getting you down if you need to.. maybe not so much emphasis on the s***ty pill is what is actually needed for us x
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    I don't feel unwell on the mirt, just very tired. I aS very aware of possible withdrawal symptoms, it has taken me a good six months to decide to give them a go, so it wasn't a knee jerk reaction, just at the stage where I needed a push in right direction.

    by the very nature of any type of forum, you tend to only hear about the bad experiences nd not the good

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    yea true, i wish you well on your journey, sorry I cant be of any more help, they just werent for me I would reccomend talking though, I have just moved to new area and found lonliness triggering me to feel really down so I gave them a bash, unsuccesfully as far as I was prepared to go with them anyway but I have reached out and for me that has began to change that low mood. I do not have severe depression though so I am merely talking about taking it for low mood and mild anxiety. Something did spring in2 my mind though reading and that was that by 10 weeks I wouldnt have been expecting worsening mood, but again might be due to dosage and/or that certain kind of anti depressant. 
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      hi zan, 

          I can relate to everything you said..i also live in a new area and turned to mirtz for sleeping as lonely..but yes doesnt take it away but they can help you get through a hard time..not mirtz through been on them tapering off them now..intresting read

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      hey x yes im the same, I was so interested when I came across this dicsussion now Im searching all kinds haha aww I hope it goes well, I was so lonely too, I dont know where in the world you are but if its uk theres this site which is amazing its called meetup and its basically bunch of strangers (new to area ect) meeting up to do all kinds, and all in the same boat just looking to make new friends.. I do dog walking ..all kinds, its well worth a look if your still feeling a bit lonely. xx
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      hi zan,  i have learnt alot also from all these discussions :-) im in uk , yes been looking at meetup id love to do dog walking i like to walk have a cat but wouldnt look right on a lead lol ..what sort of groups have u tried? i did do a walking group thinking it was free , i ended up having to pay for the bus fare and lunch..expensive due xx
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      lol id love to see that! I have tried all sorts since moving even volunteering to get into the community and start meeting people, craft nights which I have enjoyed, mindfullness which I have practiced beofre so was really good to get back into it plus theres something about buddhists and chilled out people I really like and warm to. I also go to self help groups, keep positive and keep my recovery fresh, good way to start meeting people also, so difficult to move to new place alone I have found xx  
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      hi zan, ive been looking for self help groups in my area.couldnt find any! oh i love all thind spirtual so refreshing talking to some one on my level :-) yes it is its a commuty here feel like i dont fit in. i found a womans group today its making that 1st step. even joined a dating site but nah not yet lol xx
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      aww if only you were where I am lol I feel like I am just visiting sometimes lol thats excellent youve found a womans group and dating ooo lol wink good on ya hun, youv now got me searching for a womans group lol we especially have to be so proactive by making that first step.. being alone and iscolated is just horrible, but its not easy to do if your feeling really shi**y 
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      hi zan. ive just had another look and found a place near me that helps in self help..noted the number down will give them a ring see what they have to offer lol ..im on a role now :-) oh its horrible being lonely no wonder we get down its bloody normal ! get in there :-) xx
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      hi zan again :-) hope ur having fun there searching lol..getting late so off to bed! keep in touch xx 
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