Medication

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Iv been on mitrazapine 45mg trazadone 300 mg and zopiclone 7.5mg for 13 weeks.i don't feel tired or groggy in the morning I'm actually at my best.by about 4oclock I feel absolutely shattered.i really just have to sit down and do nothing.my problem is I'm terrified of reducing the dose of any of them because I didn't sleep for 6 weeks prior to starting them.i really don't know whether to go to my gp or just to leave it.any thoughts would be welcome

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    You are lucky to still be getting the Zopiclone, so i would leave things as they are. I have been cut off.  The gp will stop them eventually.  I havnt slept properly since i last took one.  The Mitrazipan dont seem to put me to sleep either,  I am awake until around 4am every morning now. Dont rock the boat. so to speak.
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      Thank you for your reply.i think you are right I won't rock the boat.i do sleep ok some nights and others are bad.
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      Are you on the medication for depression is that why you weren't sleeping?  I was on 45 of mirt but have now been put down to 30 mg. Also on venlafaxine and olanzapine.  I don't really know what helps me sleep. Whether its the mirt or olanzapine.  I'm surprised you've been on sleeping tablets for that long but if they're helping and your gp feels its ok to still take them then I'd carry on. There's nothing worse than not being able to sleep. 
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      Yes I'm on it for depression and the depression led to the not sleeping.i was on olanzapine a good few years ago and I did sleep when I was on it.as you say there's nothing worse than not sleeping its a very lonely world in the middle of the night.
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      Has mirt helped with the depression?  I've also been given some diazipam for when I feel really bad. 
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      Yes it has my mood picked up quite quickly when I started it.i would say at the moment my mood is up and down.
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      I think mirt makes you feel very up and down that's what I found but being on 3 medications you don't know whats helping and what's not! 
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      Well that's it in away you are afraid to admit to side effects but which one is causing them if you go to the dr and he wants to change one it's a daunting thought because you don't know if the one he is going to change is the problem and things could get worse.so I guess unless it's really bad it's best to keep going.
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      It's very frustrating isn't it. We just want to get better and we listen to what the doctor says. Are you seeing a psychatrist or just your gp?  
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       Yes I see a psychatrist.  After being told at the beginning that it might take up to 6 weeks to see a nhs psychatrist I went to see a private one. I saw him twice but I wasn't very happy with the medication he put me on so now under a nhs one. Nothing seems to be working yet. I have suffered with depression for years. Mostly I'm well but this bout is the longest I've ever had. Just want to be 'me' again. 
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      Iv suffered from bouts of depression for the last 23 years.after just letting it be part of my life I am now on the waiting list for councilling.this is something iv done myself not through the nhs.maybe it will help and I can get out of this nightmare whatever happens I don't think it will make things worse it will be painful at times but I hope it will be worth it.
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      I too have suffered for over 20 years. I never know when I'm going to go into depression or when I'm going to come out of it. I have no reason to be depressed.  Nice home, wonderful family. They say in can be hereditry and a few family members have had depression in the past. My psychatrist has referred me to a psychologist. I really don't know what they will be able to do. 
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      I saw a psychologist in the 90s I actually found it quite helpful.i don't remember why I stopped seeing him I may have become I'll again I can't remember.its worth giving it ago he may be able to help.anythings worth a try especially when you have had depression for so long.
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      I will try it. It can't do any harm. I can't see them getting anything out of me because I haven't got any skeletons in my closet. I'm also going to learn mindfulness at my local Mind. 
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      How long do your bouts last for? This is by far my longest bout! Is yours event related? 
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      I went through a bad bout in April and May.i really don't know why and apart from small bouts that passed in days I haven't been like that for a few years.i didn't really think I was going to feel as bad as that in my life again.i suppose that's part of it you can't really know when it is going to happen.in saying that  last December my skin was irritating me and I said to my cpn my skin only bothers me when I'm ill.i said I hope it's not a sign of things to come.so maybe things had bee brewing since then my behaviour did change and I said that but no one wanted to listen.
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      That's odd about the skin. I don't get any indications. Have you always been on medication? 
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      I only ever started to get dermatitis when I got depression.iv always been on medication iv had enough ect to light up the national grid and I had the neuro surgery in the 90s which was obviously a waste of time.i thought I was going to be cured after that so it was very disappointing that it made no difference.what about you ?
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      You poor thing going through all that!  I have been on medication nearly all the time since my daughter was born 27 years ago and had pnd. I've been on venlafaxine for a few years but still got bouts even on it. This time I was tapered down on ven and put on mirt for sleep and appetite then olanzapine was added. Mirt didn't seem to be working so now I've come down on mirt and upped the ven. I still haven't got my appetite but it's helped with sleep. Nothing seems to be helping the depression yet! 
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      I had pnd when my daughter was born 26 years ago.i was ok for 3 years then it all started.the trouble with anti depressants is there is no rules.iv been on so many the one I took the longest is citalopram and it was ok until now that's when I was put on the mirt and trazadone.its very frustrating thinking nothing is working and you wonder why you bother.i can only say that something will work and you will get back to being you.when I was ill this time I read a book sunbathing in the rain it really inspired me it didn't stuff things down your throat it told it how it was but it wasn't depressing if that makes sense.it gave me hope and it showed me that you can live your life out of the darkness.
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      I will order that book. It's got good reviews. I know I will come out of it but it's taking a long time. 
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      That's good I think you will get something from it.i can only say I know how you feel and you will come out of it.sometimes it just takes a bit longer than you hope it will.just don't give up hope.
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      Not a great day for me but tomorrow is another day as they say. Thanks for your encouragement. It means a lot. 
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      Yes thank you very much. When you feel low you just need to chat to someone who knows how you feel. 
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      Well we can both get something out of it. I always find talking about things helps. This forum has helped me so much.
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      It does iv only recently discovered this site I wish I'd been able to use it earlier.its nice to know other people feel the same as you friends and family have good intentions but they don't really get it.
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      I've got a very understanding family but they don't really know what I'm going through. 

      I found this site by chance a little while ago. I've been in contact with a couple of ladies on here who are going through the same thing.

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      It's good to know this here and we can talk and be honest.i used to confide in my daughter a lot but she gets really frustrated and irritated.i usually just say I'm ok now.i feel that she is young and shouldn't have to be burdened with my problems.it just used to make me feel worse when I talked to her because reall she doesn't know what to do.
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      I know what you mean. My children are very understanding but I don't tell them everything.  My husband is so good but he can only help up to a point. I talk to one lady on here and another lady on fb messenger. There is only so much you can say on here. We have really unburdened ourselves to each other.
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      We have it's been good.i live on my own now,I left my husband as I felt he was part of the problem.i admire him though he went through a lot with me a lot of men would have left.unfortunately he died 2 years ago.we remained friends it wasn't a bad break up it was something that had to be done.i think that's why it's harder for my daughter because she always went to him when she didn't know what to do with me.anyway I'm rambling so il leave you in peace
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      Your not rambling. You've had it hard. It must've been a big decision for you to split up. I'm sure your daughter would do anything to make you better and to help you in any way that she can. My daughter says she wants 'her mum' back. It breaks my heart. 
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      I know that she would and I would love to be the person that got lost along the way.do you ever feel that youv lost your identity that the person you started off life as has disappeared I don't even know if I would know me anymore does that make sense?
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      Yes it does make sense. I feel I'm lost in this haze of depression. I can't be happy about anything at all. I feel that I'm not there for my family and friends at the moment. I feel very guilty about being depressed! 
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      I think that's what makes us worse because we feel guilty about being depressed.if we broke our leg we would be ok with it so what is in it that makes us feel so bad about being depressed.i don't know about you but I feel a bit ashamed about it.maybe because of the way it's portrayed in the media maybe because there's a certain type of person who is meant to suffer from depression.alot of people don't admit to it because they are middle class have a good job and a lovely house and they don't get things like that.in the real world there is no distinction anyone can suffer from depression.but it doesn't make it any easier to admit you have a problem.its a sad reflection of the world we live in when people can't admit they have a mental health problem.sorry I had a bit of a rant there.anyway I hope you have a better day tomorrow the better days will come just be patient
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      It isn't like any other illnesses.  It can happen to anyone. I have no reason at all for my depression and that makes the guilt worse. I've opened up to a few more people over the years but I do put a mask on for other people which is really hard to do sometimes. Talk again soon. 
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      No I don't work full time but I do volunteer for a charity one day a week.  Not been able to do that though at the moment. 
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