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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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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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How can I help my husband cope with my low sex drive from depression meds?

How can I help my husband cope with my low sex drive from depression meds?

See your doctor.: Low sex drive is a common side effect of antidepressants, particularly the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris). Your provider may be able to switch you to a different medication with fewer sexual side effects, or recommend ways to approach this in your relationship with your husband. You may want to discuss this issue with your doctor to see what options are available. ...Read more

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How do I get off my depression meds? Zoloft and Buspar (buspirone)?

How do I get off my depression meds? Zoloft and Buspar (buspirone)?

Wrong question: The right question is how is your depression doing? If you were being treated for a first episode of major depression, the standard of care is to treat for 1-2 years (one year and if doing fine taper the meds over the next 3-6 months or longer). You also indicate you are a "moderate" drinker, which by definition you aren't. Safe drinking in a woman is ...Read more

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I have no motivation to do anything. All I do is work and sleep. I am on depression meds and they work to a point. How do I get outta this funk i'm in?

I have no motivation to do anything. All I do is work and sleep. I am on depression meds and they work to a point. How do I get outta this funk i'm in?

Depression: Medication is not enough to conquer depression, individual or group psychotherapy are very helpful in alleviating depressive symptoms. Ask your doctor for a referral to someone who practices psychotherapy, ths will likely help you get out of the funk your are experincing. My best. ...Read more

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I'm on two depression meds, and i'm always tired no matter how much sleep i get. My thyroid has been checked and is fine. What's the problem?

I'm on two depression meds, and i'm always tired no matter how much sleep i get. My thyroid has been checked and is fine.  What's the problem?

Multifactorial: Could b many things. Depression makes some people feel really tired. U only list one anti depressant, but also an anti histamine, which for some can cause fatigue. I would suggest eliminating alcohol completely since it can distort sleep architecture and cause non-restorative sleep. Make sure you're staying active during the day and unwinding properly at night. Be well. ...Read more

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I'm 30/f/white. Have been off my depression meds since i gave birth to my daughter back in 2005. I need them now desperately no money or insurance?

I'm 30/f/white.  Have been off my depression meds since i gave birth to my daughter back in 2005. I need them now desperately no money or insurance?

Affordable care: There are many options for affordable mental health care, and also assistance with medications. Here's a resource where you can look for clinics in your own area, many of which also provide other health services too: http://tinyurl.Com/mbtmwyv and http://tinyurl.Com/b7t76g there are also patient assistance programs offered by drug companies: http://tinyurl.Com/d3rdqcc good luck. ...Read more

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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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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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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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