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Sorry for not keeping you updated over my progress. I will give a overview what happened with me so far.
I moved to another country last december and I have been feeling symptoms of depression from now and then, until about 2 months ago when I felt so depressed/sad/unmotivated/anxious that I could not work anymore. That is when I looked for a medical help because I could not function anymore (intrusive thoughts, no concentration, extreme sadness, crying).
I was put initially on 20 mg of fluoxetine. I had those terrible side effects as people report for several weeks. I got a bit better by week 6 I would say. Thats when we upped the dose to 40 mg.
I'm now on 9th, about 6 weeks on 20 mg and 2 weeks and a half on 40 mg. I definitely feel much better than 2 months ago. The transition between 20 mg to 40 mg was quite smooth.
I said to my GP yesterday that I still have 10 to 20% of residual depression, which means that I can have moments of happiness, I can work, I can enjoy some activities that I enjoyed before, and I can talk to people. However, from time to time, I still feel sadness with no apparent reason.
Since I'm going back to home this christmas for 20 days, my GP thinks I will get better. And when I come back, she will assess me again.
I'm on a queue for psychological therapy. She believes that the medication might solve 90% of my depression, but therapy can handle the rest.
I also think that perhaps I also need a life change. I didn't make any close friend, as the ones I used to have back in my country. I guess I have to somehow fix that.
Anyway, I hope my update is useful for you, as yours have been to me.
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