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Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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I have a great job and boyfriend, but can't seem to be happy, what's wrong? On depression meds but hate them.

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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I have a great job and boyfriend, but can't seem to be happy, what's wrong? On depression meds but hate them.

Hard to tell: I would talk to your psychiatrist if you feel the antidepressants aren't working or if you would like to supplement them with some therapy to figure out what it is that is bothering you. However, don't feel discouraged if things should be okay and you still find yourself unhappy, transitioning into good things like a new job or new relationship can also lead to stress and anxiety. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Why is it bad to go off of depression meds suddenly if you feel you may not need them anymore?

Why is it bad to go off of depression meds suddenly if you feel you may not need them anymore?

Makes you sick: Sudden discontinuation of antidepressants can lead to withdrawal symptoms which may include nausea, muscle aches, fatigue, jittery or anxious feeling, and headache, just to name a few. Patients should always discuss discontinuing these medications with their provider to ensure the proper time to discontinue and to discuss a slow taper of these medications. ...Read more

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How can I help my husband see he needs to get back on his depression meds?

How can I help my husband see he needs to get back on his depression meds?

Depression meds?: Many patients with mental illness have poor insight and judgement. They don't believe they r sick and they don't take their medication. Usually family support is important and may be able to convince u husband that taking his medication is important for both of u and whole family. Sometimes if u convince him to seek family therapy may work as well. ...Read more

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Pcp recommended therapy & prescribed meds for depression.After 3 sessions, the therapist said i was not ready. Now what?

Pcp recommended therapy & prescribed meds for depression.After 3 sessions, the therapist said i was not ready. Now what?

Ask for explanation: Please ask your therapist to explain why s/he feels you are "not ready for therapy." there are many types of psychotherapy. If a therapist is skilled and experienced, s/he will have multiple ways of working with people, from whatever point they begin. However, some people are unwilling to discuss their issues at all, or to consider their own impact on their lives. Does this describe you? ...Read more

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What are some effective anxiety and depression meds?

What are some effective anxiety and depression meds?

SSRI: Talk to your doctor about alternative antidepressants, such as snri or wellbutrin (bupropion) or anxiety medications if you are still on ssri. Sometimes switching from one ssri to another might help with anxiety. ...Read more

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Depression meds work alittle but i'm still angry. Its really bad when i'm not on depression meds. I feel i might have bpd or bipolar.

Depression meds work alittle but i'm still angry. Its really bad when i'm not on depression meds. I feel i might have bpd or bipolar.

Depression: The origin of your anger and low mood needs to be understood so that you can develop better ways of coping. Consult with a veteran mental health professinal as you will be helped to understand an accurate assessment of your struggles and how to cope with more success. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My doctor always gives me depression meds for my anxiety but it never works. Should i tell him to try something else?

My doctor always gives me depression meds for my anxiety but it never works. Should i tell him to try something else?

Options: Rather then telling him to try something else, i would present him with the problem. The two of you can explore solutions together. The best outcomes usually occur when the provider and patient work together as a team. He may opt to add an adjunctive medication, increase the dose, change meds or add in other treatments (cbt, yoga, acupuncture, deep breathing exercises, progress muscle relaxation). ...Read more

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Why does it take weeks/months for many depression meds to 'kick in'?

Why does it take weeks/months for many depression meds to 'kick in'?

Great question: Researchers have been asking this question for a long time, because the clinical facts go against the notion that antidepressant effectiveness depends only on serotonin and other neurotransmitter availability changes. Those actually happen long before antidepressant effect "kicks in" -- meaning that antidepressant response could also require neural changes that take longer to develop. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take till depression meds to start to work?

How long does it usually take till depression meds to start to work?

Weeks: About 75% of people who respond to antidepressants, do so within the first four weeks, whereas about 25% respond between four and six weeks. ...Read more

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I have a happy life but I feel like i'm just a hamster on a wheel, take depression meds but what else can I do?

I have a happy life but I feel like i'm just a hamster on a wheel, take depression meds but what else can I do?

Meds can't fix this: Medications are made to manage symptoms, not cure conditions. And what you have will not be reached by medications alone. I agree with dr. Ali about the need for psychotherapy here -- a chance to look deeply at why you're feeling like "a hamster on a wheel, " & what you want to about this. Tv commercials suggest that medications alone will fix our problems. Dig deep in yourself; find therapist. ...Read more

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