My Miracle Child

My second child, my daughter, is kind of a miracle child. While I was pregnant with her, my uterus got trapped in my pelvis, making it almost impossible to pee for a few days, I had chronic constipation (3.5 years later, I still thank God I can poop normally now), and I was exhausted and depressed.I told my midwife that I was starting to have suicidal thoughts, and she referred me to the department at the hospital that specifically treated mothers with depression. I had group and individual therapy and sessions with a psychiatrist....more

My Way Back From Depression

Kathy@kissing the frog   Last week, I was out of my little white happy pill.  The pharmacist had to call my doctor, and I knew they would play phone tag all week.  I've been out of my Lexapro before, and I knew what was going to happen...   One morning, I wake up feeling sad for no apparent reason.  A sadness that has nothing to do with any ...more

Anti-Depressants and Hot Flashes

Lynn came to see me with severe ho...more

Would whoever took my serotonin please give it back?

At the end of last week I got some information that confirmed my suspicions. Of course they were bad suspicions. Of course... because do we ever have suspicions that are good?My bank statement confirmed my suspicions. I was indeed rolling in dough and able to live the life of my fantasies.After reviewing the x-rays and lab tests, the doctor confirmed my suspicions that the pain in my leg was due to a gross lack of chocolate and ice cream in my diet. Nope. It never works out like that....more

Why I'm Not Ashamed to Take Psychiatric Medicine

It's been over four years since I started taking Zoloft for my clinical depression. Severely underweight, with hair falling out in clumps and my heartbeat so slow that I had to see a specialist, I was moody and reluctant to seek treatment. Today, I couldn't be happier that I did, or rather, that my parents forced me to (Thanks mom and dad!). ...more

Me, Interrupted

Shortly after I gave birth to my daughter, I was diagnosed with Postpartum Psychosis.  I was prescribed a high dosage of Zoloft and Xanax, which helped tremendously.   Initially, the intention was to wean me off the medications once my condition improved.  Combined with regular visits to my psychiatrist, the dosage was slowly reduced, with the hope th...more

Are Anti-Depressants Good or Evil?

I’m sitting in the green room, about to appear on Daytime TV, and the television is blaring in the background. Now mind you, I don’t have television in my home so I’m a bit out of the loop. But since I’ve been sitting here, I’ve seen one anti-depressant ad after another (mixed in with ads for lawyers who want to help you sue your doctor if you had complications from your anti-depressant). WTF? ...more
I found myself relating to many of you because I also suffer from severe chronic pain along with ...more

My Depression Is ... In Remission

I guess that I am supposed to want to try to wean myself off of the Wellbutrin, to “gain independence from medication” and all that jazz. But quite frankly, I’m terrified that the depression will come back if we meddle with things, so I’m always relieved when she doesn’t suggest it. If it is still fixed, let’s not mess with the duct tape we used when it broke. You know? ...more
I loved how amazingly well you described depression as a disease. Kudos to you for your ...more

This Just In: Depression Is Bad For Your Pregnancy

When I was seven months pregnant with my daughter, my first child, I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. "What this means," my doctor told me -- correctly, as it turned out -- "is that it is very likely that you'll experience some degree of post-partum depression or anxiety. You might think of this, actually, as partum anxiety." I joked to my husband later that this was definitive proof that I was an overachiever. "I have post-natal depression before I've even had the baby. I win!" ...more
It's such a difficult decision.  But I say that if you can effectively manage the depression ...more

Are You Ready To Be Happy?

Prozac...more