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Hi! I wanted to check in and see how joyseeker and Chris and everyone else is doing. Hope everyone is taking time to stop and smell the roses and listen for the birds singing! smile

God bless all of you!

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Trish,
I'm doing well. Thanks for asking and caring. You are a true friend to me.
Last night I listen to the peepers instead of listening to the birds this morning.

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Trish,

Das told me about how you helped him.

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Trish is a good person to chat with. She's done me wonders.

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CDM, you are back! I am so glad!! How are you feeling? We heard that you were in the hospital. I hope that you are much better now! smile I am happy that Das and I have had chances to talk. It's so important for us to have friends who listen and can help. wink

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Chris, thanks for your kindness and the nice words! wink It is wonderful that you spent time for yourself last night listening to the birds! How is it going with your company? Are all of your celebrations with your children remaining enjoyable for everyone? I think of you often and hope you are taking good care of yourself! smile

Your friend,

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Joyseeker,
I was on Effexor for a long time also. I believe that it is a terrible drug. It really did not stop my depression and the side effects were awful. I would get what I called "brain zapps." It would feel like electric shocks going through my head. I made the mistake of going off them cold turkey. DON"T DO IT. I lost my memory for two days. I had to go to the hospital and the doctors thought I was drunk. I don't even drink! It was terrible and I am so glad I am off it now. I take lexapro, and it works a lot better. I still am depressed sometimes. I probably need a stronger dose, but it works well for me.


Tomorrow is another day.
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Linda, I am glad that you are off Effexor but I can't believe that you quit it "cold turkey". ALL anti-depressant medicines WARN about not stopping like that! I am glad that you are okay! I am on Lexapro, too. I've found that it works pretty well but it just doesn't last all day long, so my doctor added wellbutrin to be taken in the afternoon and that seems to fill the gap.

Even on meds, we still can feel depression but at least we can think of ways to combat the illness through positive thinking and actions. Smiling and surrounding ourselves with happy people are 2 of the best ways to stay away from depression. Also, not allowing our minds to dwell on the "bad part" of our past or bad feelings but rather look at life as though we DO have rose colored glasses, makes all the difference in the world.

It is just as easy to be a happy, positive person who smiles and says something nice to greet someone, even themselves, as it is to frown and be grumpy and negative about everything. I think it is like being happy laugh that I HAVE a half glass of water instead of grumbling frown that I ONLY have half a glass of water.

I like your quote! Tomorrow IS another day. If we remember to try to be happy today, we can always try again tomorrow. smile Before long, we will have a GREAT habit of trying to be happy. laugh

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Originally Posted By: joyseeker
I was dx'd about 15 years ago. I'm on Effexor -- the maximun dose -- but I'm still struggling with depression. I know the times when I'm REALLY down are triggered by events in my life, but even when there's nothing "big" going on, I feel just barely okay. I never feel happy or up.

This can't be normal. Normal people don't feel like this ALL the time. I have a psychiatrist who monitors my medication, but I need to see someone different because I've lost trust in this doctor (relating to another med she had me on... long story).

I'm an empty nester with a son in college. I'm unable to work due to disability. And my husband and I are going through a divorce. (The divorce was my decision because he's totally irresponsible with money and was driving us deeper and deeper in debt. Believe me, we tried our best but just couldn't stay together.)

Can anyone recommend another medication that works but has few side effects?

Or any other suggestions? I just can't keep living like this.



Hi Joy,

I was just wondering if how's things going on with you now? Are you still feeling depressed? Hope that you are fine now.

Take care always and God Bless

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