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Re: Update Lorainne, Elizabeth, et. al. shelliR

Posted by Lorraine on September 7, 2001, at 9:23:57

In reply to Re: Update Lorainne, Elizabeth, et. al. Lorraine, posted by shelliR on September 6, 2001, at 13:34:24

Hi Shelli:

> In some ways being energized is helpful when I'm depressed. At other times, when I hurt so badly I can't stand it, sleep has always been my only escape from the pain. And that is not an option on wellbutrin (for better and worse).

Sounds like hypersomnia (my personal favorite when meds don't prevent it), which also falls in the category of atypical depression.

> > >I am very light in the company of others, which is probably something that would surprise you--considering the intensity of my posts.

Wouldn't really surprise me. I think you're funny.

> > > Most of my anxiety re people is how to navigate through life solo. My closest friend (male) remarried two years ago and so my immediate world has changed.

This would be very hard for me. As hard as it is to go on vacation with my family which wants to "do" something all the time. This would be harder. It would be good for you to find another single close friend to do things with---support groups? Not for abuse survivors (I think you said you were tired of those), but maybe just a NDMDA group?

> On this vacation I am fine by myself--have this really cute little house and cable to watch the US open

We've been watching it too.

> > >, plus short rides bring me into incredible natural beauty and awesome art. But when I am around couples vacationing together, I get very anxious about myself and go back to my little house.

We give up so much for this illness, it seems. Day to day we don't have to notice, but then we do something and the loss is so stark.

> > > I think he only pretends he has a plan. And depending on what he wants to do next,

That may be as good as "having" a plan. It maintains forward momentum.

> > >(He probably sees me as a backseat driver. < g >) I wanted to try Parnate; he wasn't enthusiastic but wrote the prescription.

Back seat drivers are good for control freaks--they drive them nuts:-)

> > > Yes, I had the same thing happen with adrafinil and nardil, and didn't have a antidote. I drove quickly to the pharmacy to take my BP, which also was up to 165 or so. I can't believe in retrospect I didn't drive to the hospital.

Didn't go to the hospital or take an antidote???? What happened? did you pressure come down on its own?

> > > I start the Nardil on Saturday. The sleep disruption thing is very upsetting to me and I'm not sure how I will fair with that side effect. Last night I took a valium in addition to the ambien and neurontin and slept well. But I'm not sure I want a benzo habit.
> >
> See, I don't get that kind of thinking. I see it as you go around once and then it's over. (as far as I know, yet) So life should be as positive as possible. If a benzo at night keeps you on an antidepressant that works, it sort of strikes me as puritanical to worry about a "habit".

You are making me think:-) I think you are probably right, it is some puritanical nonsense loop that I run through my head. I probably need to get over it now. I've been taking valium and ambien to sleep the last couple of nights. Partly because I still have a bad neck aches from the hypertensive crises. I have slept well.

> >BTW, still no wellbutrin AD effect--today my fourth day on 300mg. No side effects, either now. But I did get some encouragement on the board, and it did take forever for nardil, so the trial goes on, at least until I see my pdoc on Monday.

I'll be anxious to see what he says and what his plan is :-)





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