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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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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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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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Might going on depression meds put me in a zombie like state?

Might going on depression meds put me in a zombie like state?

Not likely: Very unlikely. That is not the desired effect. If you did feel zombie -like, tell your doctor so that changes can be made. ...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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When should someone take anxiety and depression meds?

When should someone take anxiety and depression meds?

Eval: The person should get a full psychiatric workup to determine symptoms, severity, and whether or not medication is needed. The person should also seek appropriate psychotherapy. ...Read more

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My depression meds just increase my anxiety- what else can I do?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Talk to your doctor: In general, it may take a few weeks before anti-depressants are able to help your depression and/or anxiety, so you should talk to your doctor about therapy or further information on how your treatment should be progressing. It's worth noting that anxiety when you start an anti-depressant can happen, but is usually transient. Don't rely only on medications to relieve your anxiety. Exercise. ...Read more

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Do people sometimes take depression meds just when they feel depressed?

Do people sometimes take depression meds just when they feel depressed?

No: I would not be effective because it takes a while for the blood level to rise to therapeutic levels. ...Read more

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Why would depression meds make me feel more depressed ? Have tried 3 different types .

Why would depression meds make me feel more depressed ? Have tried 3 different types .

Depression: Unfortunately you are not telling us what you've been on and how you were diagnosed with depression. There are different types of antidepressants that act through different pathways, they take a few weeks to reach therapeutic levels in your system and they don't work for everyone. Your psychiatrist will need to re-evaluate your diagnosis and treatment based on your response. Be patient. ...Read more

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I'm feeling better after stopping my depression meds. Is this ok?

I'm feeling better after stopping my depression meds. Is this ok?

Please talk: with your prescribing physician/ psychiatrists. It may take five weeks to feel the full result of being off the medication. ...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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