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Hi, I have joined this for support more than anything really. I have been taking fluoxetine for 2 weeks now for anxiety and depression after having my 2nd baby 5 weeks ago. I was on fluoxetine after my first child for about a year and I don't think I am as bad this time round however I am still feeling anxious and panicky and like I'm lost and so alone despite having 2 children that need looking after.

I am on 20mg a day and I take it at 8am every morning and seem to be able to function in the mornings but afternoons I feel sad and nervous/anxious and can't handle being on my own with the kids so my mum and mother in law take turns in being with me. I just want it to end so I can stop being a burden on people and be able to enjoy my 2 beautiful girls and be happy again.

I know only 2 weeks in is nothing and I will definitely keep going with the tablets as I know they worker last time but I can't remember how long it took for me to feel normal/happy.

I have filled in a form online to self refer myself for counciling yesterday so if they ring me I hope to benefit from that. My health visitor is supportive and I have an amazing husband and family around offering support but I still can't feel happy and feel like I am always crying to them.

I am wondering if I need to up my dose and if that will create worse side effects if I do. Any advise or just some words from someone who understands would be appreciated. Lorna x

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    I'm having the same problem. My anxiety and panic came back after stopped it for 6 months .. I decided to start taking it again and I'm so anxious which is causing panic attacks and I'm shaking a lot. I can't sleep or eat. I'm only on 10mg and it's only been 3 days. I just don't know if I can do meds again. I can't stand the panic attacks and I want to take the Prozac since it helped me before and stopped everything but the way it's making me feel is unbearable. It's so hard.

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      I know, I know it worked for me last time and will keep going as should you, it's just hard the waiting for it to happen isn't it?

      I still don't eat properly and only if someone else makes something for me and sleep is out the window with having a newborn awake all night!

      You know it works so keep at it, I have the odd good day after 2 weeks but seem to be panicky in the afternoons and just will the next day to come to be another day closer to feeling myself again. I'm sure we'll all get there and talking and support helps a lot I think

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      Yeah. I know what you mean. I started Prozac and found out I was pregnant 4 yrs ago. They kept me on it since my panic attacks were so bad. I know it worked for me before so I'm trying to stick through. It's just the side effects are so hard to deal with.

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      They are hard but we know they get better/easier to deal with as each day goes by. Hopefully you'll feel better soon x

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    Hello Lorna,

    i wanted to say hi to you and to let you know you will find lots of support here. I have been taking flou since nov 23 16' im on my second week on a dose increase from 20 to 40.

    like you i just wish i could see improvement, ive been told by many people and read this over and over its a slow drug to work. Some people see a difference quickly but most do not. A lovely lady named Katecogs has great advice, Kate has had experience and her advice has helped me to keep my chin up. Im hoping and praying that these meds will help me, after feeling worse with side effects, ie more anxiety.

    mornings for me are worse, by night time im okay. I dont have much get up and go, but i do try to go out everyday, staying home makes me feel despondant. I know this isnt an option for you as you have babies, can you try short walks with the pram? Just so you can get fresh air, sunshine. Can you watch a funny dvd when bubs alseep, laughter is a good tonic! Relax in a nice hot bath, with some lavender oil in.

    some advice i have read is let recovery come to you in its own time, dont expect to wake up one day and feel wonderful as it comes in small steps. You will have moments of calm, they get longer and longer. Your side effects may not be the same as described by many people as we all have different absorption of meds.

    Dont overthink every new ache or pain, just let the feelings be there, they will come and go. Read the posts, im sure you will get some measure of acceptance from all the caring people here. And know that you are strong and have made the journey before and made it through! 

    Best wishes to you🌷

     

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      Thank you so much. It's so hard to tell myself those things when the panic attacks come. I feel like there's no hope. That this will be forever. I know I did this before it's just I have so much on the line right now It causes even more anxiety. I'm trying to get back into therapy. Therapy helps the most. It's really cold out right now so it's hard to take walks everyday with a 2 yr old. I have good days and bad days and really bad days. I felt great Sunday and then Monday I felt horrible again. Idk. It's so hard.

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      Hi Courtney,

      i guess you dont live in Australia lol its been very hot here in Qld. I like to walk in the air con in shopping malls, some days i look at other people and think why cant i be normal like you? But i realise i dont know what they may suffer from, be it anxiety, depression, bad marriage, financial trouble, bad health. Ive had CFS for many years and i coped mostly. Since an operation last march ive hit the brick wall so to speak, i never knew anxiety this bad before. Ive seen therapists and some try to find a hidden reason for my worry going back to childhood, its health anxiety i have, one gave me pamphletts on abuse. Im now using tapping, and self talk. Changing negative thoughts into positives. Menopause is here now too so thats confusing the Drs. I dont have a large family support network nor do i pester my gfs as they all have life to deal with also, so i find some measure of solace from the forums. Yes life can be hard but know that the rainbows and clear skys will come again for you. The clouds will lift for us i am sure of it!

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      Yeah I'm back and forth. No I'm not in Australia I and in the Us! Haha!

      I wish it was warm and sunny. Maybe I wouldn't be so depressed. I'm up and down. I feel fine one minute and not the next. But a lot of it is my mind. I get racing negative thought and what ifs all the time so then I think I fell this way because something is wrong. Then I panic...bad. It's hard when I was "cured" before and then al the sudden it all comes back. It's the worst feeling. I hate feeling this way. I feel bad for my kids bcuz I'm falling into this depression and being less and less "there". I want to get better and quick.

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