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Turns out I've had depression since my teens. I'm just very stoic as a person. I've been off work for 7 months now with totally crippling depression - I'm 31. With a psychiatrist's help venlafaxine has enabled me to leave the house again and start doing normal day to day things. Anxiety is manageable. Citalopram and Sertaline before that didn't work. I've been on 300mg of venlafaxine now for 6 weeks (overall on it for over 5 months).
My problem now is that I'm desperately sad all the time. I have no motivation or interest in life. I do things when other people are around and I can act normal but when I have a moment to myself my mood plummets. I cry a lot. Distractions stop the feeling for short times and then it returns. It's like I've glimpsed the darkness and I can't seem to shake it . It's like my soul is darkness and I can't escape it.
Anyone had similar experiences? Advice on meds?
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