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Re: Diane!

Posted by Carol on November 5, 1999, at 13:02:31

In reply to Diane!, posted by Racer on November 4, 1999, at 17:08:55

My case is similar to yours,but not near as severe. I do feel for you regarding having to live with your parents. I was once in the situation of almost having to go live with mine, and I knew that if it really came down to that, I would kill myself before I would do it. So, I know where you are coming from. Don't give up the idea of getting some kind of therapy, try to find a way to do it without your parents finding out. Maybe your GP could help you find someone, then you could just say that there is something wrong and your Doctor recommended a "specialist". Then just call your sessions, "Dr's" appointments(As you see, I have become an expert at protecting my psychological privacy from my folks, who only cause me more angst if they knew the truth). Anyway, medicine alone probably will not be enough to get you where you want to be. I know. I finally had to break down and get the therapy myself, in order to get some *peace* from my past.
As for the Effexor, it did not help me, *but* my new doctor blamed the fact that I was never put on a high enough dosage. Like you, a lot of my problem is fatigue and lack of motivation. My new psyciatrist explained that in order to get an "activating" effect, Effexor needs to be taken at very high doses(above the 'standard' maximum of 225 mgs.). He said that the medicine actually changes effects at high doses and acts more like Wellbutrin and other "energizing" anti-depressants. Anyway, you may need an actual Psychiatrist to get such a high dose prescription.
Hope this helps.




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