Worsening depression and anxiety

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After a very stressful business related problem earlier this year I developed a bad bout of depression.

I have had some good days and some bad days, and I have tried talking therapy and Sertraline, none of which seemed to help. I also have trouble sleeping, which I'm sure the sertraline had something to do with.

I tapered off it, and have been off it a month now, and I am now having problems dealing with anxiety and the day to day running of my business, and depression.

I'm hoping that this is a side effect of the sertraline, and that things will improve soon. I'm tempted to go back on another ad, but really don't want that stuff in my system.

I know excercise really helps me, but I am in a rut and can't get motivated to do any.

I feel that I just need to rest and take things easy, but still have responsibilities to meet and can't avoid. I wish I could sign off for as long as it takes, but this is impossible. Getting shot of the business could be a solution, but it would be problematic and very stressful, and something which I would regret in years to come.

I know I've posted a similar thread before, but I feel worse now and wondered if anyone has any ideas / feedback?

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    You need to understand depending on the dose and period of time you took your AD it may be your body is still striving the medication. Did you discuss the removal of the mediation with your GP before you slipped of the medication.

    You should undrstand your prescribers concern if you have stopped taking the drug it may be not benefiial to start another AD of the same group. It can take about four or five months to get the medication into your system, it can sometimes take longer than that to remove the drug from your system and it is possible you are still suffering withdrawal.

    Talk to your GP if you have not done so regarding your coming of the drug.it does sound you are still suffering from depression and you need to dumb this down so you can get on with your life, It can take an extended period of time to restore low mood, so if not so already some CBT may also assist you with coping skills, six sessions seem to be the number of sessions you may need.

    Talk to your GP He knows your medical history and is very well placed to help you control your illness

    Good Luck

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      Thanks Bob

      I am hoping it is due to withdrawl and will feel better soon. I have found the GPs not too helpful, with conflicting views (there are 4 in the practice and it's hard to book an appointment). One wanted to increase the Sertraline, another thought I didn't need it. I decided I didn't want it in my system long term as I was feeling 'clouded ' and couldn't focus properly.

      I will try CBT or mindfulness soon if things don't improve.

      I find that sharing my thoughts on here also helps, with suggestions from people who have been there themselves

      Rodders

       

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      One thing that can help is look up your GP Surgery on NHS Choices, the Partners will be listed with their Specialities, look for the one whose interest is Mental Health, then go to that Partner. He/She will be more responsive to your depression
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    hi rodders,

    it took many, many years for my doctor and i to come up with a mixture of meds that actually worked. it was then, and only then, i was able to deal with my issues. when i was depressed and anxious i couldnt think straight, talk therapy wasn't effective. in fact i just got worse because i was really hard on myself. i saw my counselour twice a week, and i really worked very hard to get better. but while on meds that were not working, talk therapy never had a chance.

    but now i'm on the right combination of meds. i can think clearly, i understand more about myself, and am for the first time, really able to  understand my issues, and work on them with a lot more success.

    i take 6 different kinds of medication to treat all my symptoms. that is A LOT of pills to swallow every day. and i hate having all that stuff in my body.....but, thats exactly what i have to do to remain comfortable. by comfortable, i mean my mood improved and am not so suicidal. and i even manage to laugh. often! so...i have to take the good with the bad. and believe me, before all these meds i was in hell.

    also, exercise helps my mood in many ways. but there are times i cut back for whatever reason, and eventually stop all together. and man, it is  near impossible to start up again. thats where i'm at now. everyday i tell myself "today, i start again!" its not working! but all in all, i am doing  so much better than years ago.

    i hope you feel better soon.....

    truly, laura

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      Hello Laura

      Well done getting settled on your meds.

      I always wonder with my meds and their relief is worth the concoction I take, They must be doing something to my insides.

      It is a trade off between been well to having the sreaming had-dabs so I have no real choice

      BOB

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      bob,

      i understand the trade off. now, i've just got to work on accepting it.

      by the way, i've learned from some of your comments. i practice mindfullness. it took me a real long time to understand it. but i got it now,and it surely helps. thank you for sharing your very helpful comments...

       from laura.    >^..^<

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      Hi Laura

      I'm glad the meds have worked for you. I'm going back to them as a last resort, as I hate the feeling and hope to do it naturally. 

      I'm sure that excercise is the solution, I just need to get motivated - it is hard. I have promised myself to get out tomorrow for a long walk or cycle. I will update the thread if I feel better.

      Best wishes

      Rodders

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      Hello again Rodders

      The problem arises if you let the condition run especially if your condition is a chemical inbalance, the medications can increase the missing drug in the brain..

      Discuss all with your GP he will arrange support

      BOB

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    In taking these medicines you have to decide if you can devote the initial weeks to getting better with an extra medicine for the truly bad days and you face the possibility of being on this medicine the rest of your life. Some try herbs like rosemary. A spice like curcumin. Or some of the b vitamin nutrients. You need to do a lot of forward thinking before taking this medicine at this point in your life
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      They say B12 is good for low mood as is vit D.

      Generally people do not need to take AD for the rest of their lives, some just every now and then

      Mind the saying keep taking your tablets seems to come to mind

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      Thanks g, that is what I'm worried about. I've been fine all my life until 6 months ago, which was caused by a situational problem. I'm hoping it is like a grieving process, rather than a depression which will need treating long term.

      I've tried having rosemary cuttings next to my pillow at night, and it seems to help me sleep. I will try the others too.

      Rodders

       

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      You need to stand back from your concerns and itemise the problems you have at this time.

      Isolate and attack each problem one by one, small bites at a time. Whn you get stuck go to th next bite of your concern and do the same there.

      If you work that way eventually your problems will get smaller and things will seem to improve as the worries are dealt with.

      Do not look at problems been untenable the bites will really make your problms smaller.

      No-one can get rid of all their concerns, you can however take some control of your low mood

      BOB

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    maybe stopping the sertraline was problematic for you and you should see someone to rectify your emotional state of anxiety.
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      Being on the sertraline was also problematic, so I'm really trying to do this without medication. I'm slightly better today, so I'm going to try some excercise to see how it affects my mood.

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      The Idea of of taking medication is to level the mood and prevents those rises and falls in attitude, this can in some instances increase a drug found in the brain and helps you recover from your mental illness

      Exercise increase Endorfins in the brain for a reduced timeline and will help you feel better. Medications build up certain drugs and their action lasts that much longer.

      I would never suggest you take or withdraw from medications, only your GP will or can advise that, He will also look towards other mental Health Professionals for His confirmation

      BOB

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      This is true in theory BOB , but the medications didn't really help, plus the GPs don't seem to have much time for me, and their opinions are very mixed so I have little faith in them.

      They have no idea of the stresses involved in running a complicated business, or the grieving of a lost business, and they can't relate to it. I get more relief talking to others who have been through something similar and reading posts on here.

      You are right about dealing with problems one by one, it is harder to do now than before but still possible.

      I did a few hours of exercise today and feel better for it smile

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      Hello Rodders

      Sorry you have been stuck with so much negativity. When I go see the GP and I feel more time is needed I ask for a double appointment, this gives time to explain my concerns, I also list down what I need to bring up that can help as well as less time is wasted.

      One of the main problems with depression is we feel there is no-one around to help. You have this site and also if you are able to get CBT they will explain coping techniques including Relaxation exersises

       

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