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Re: hanging in there Lorraine

Posted by shelliR on October 8, 2001, at 11:21:41

In reply to Re: hanging in there shelliR, posted by Lorraine on October 8, 2001, at 10:59:33

Hi Lorraine.
> Effexor I tried years ago and couldn't keep it down. Even a half of pill. And when I read this board, I think it's such a horrible drug; two of my friends also have very hard times getting off.
> You know there are many posting on how to get off Effexor--you take a longer dose SSRI (prozac) for a couple of days or so and it smooths out the withdrawal. Shelli, it can't be worse than coming off of benzos or oxy, which you do not bat an eye at.

Well, I've gotten off benzos before and it wasn't that hard. I had been up to 30mg for one week and went into the hospital. I got off the valium pretty fast, much faster than the staff expected. And I never got that high again on either valium or klonopin. It just seems with effexor, if my body hates it enough to throw it back up, I can't see it helping me. That's how I see both valium and nardil.

I made an emergency appt with my pdoc for today. Saturday I came as close to suicide as I have ever been. I was making a list of what money I owed to which people who didn't get their pictures to leave for whoever found me. It was so scary, but I kept thinging about my parents going through my stuff, etc. Anyway, I am still alive and things are not as black, more very dark gray.
> >
> > Yes, the choices are awful. Be depressed or be obese and non-sexual.
> I agree with you here. As for the "I'm tired of trying", my son's pdoc would say "so what, keep moving." Not very sympathetic, but his point (which should appeal to you because of it's lack of touchy feeliness) is that some of the things we think when we are depressed are not useful. In fact, he believes that you should pretty much ignore any thoughts you have while you are depressed or anxious and just work on altering your mood. Once your mood is in place, the thoughts will follow. Anyway, I am playing with this concept. When I think a depressing thought, I note it and file it away. I think it helps.

It's Elizabeth who doesn't hates the touchy feeling types. I loved my last therapist, and she hugged me often. But she couldn't provide enough structure for me to work the areas that needed to be worked on. But I certainly didn't leave because of the hugs.






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