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Old 10-12-2003, 12:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I've been suffering from depression for some time now. I had also before - and was on Prozac from about 1991- 1993. I've been trying to deal with my present depression with therapy and mind power - but lately I've been overwhelmed with the thought that an anti-depressant would help me get some progress faster. How much damage am I doing to my son while struggling with this? My DH is very kind and supportive - yet he really wants me to try it through natural means. I feel like I need the anti-depressants in order to have the energy to make and take the daily teas and homeopathic stuff. I'm so - well - depressed! I don't have the energy to make whatever changes I may need to to improve my life to the point where I 'm not depressed. I'm not even sure what needs to be done There seem to be so many options of what to do, but I don't know which to take - and if I did, I doubt I'd have the energy for it. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Any ideas? Should I get ant-depressants or not?
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Hi Curandera.

I would definitely see a health care provider and get some tests done. There may be a physiological reason for how you're feeling, in which case you may be able to avoid anti-depressants.

However, if you need the meds, you should take them. I do much better on Prozac than off it.

If you are concerned about how your depression is affecting your son, then it's high time to take care of it.

Be good to yourself. Be well.

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However, if you need the meds, you should take them. <----Kate42

I agree. Depression involves too much suffering to drag it out longer than necessary.
But keep in mind, antidepressants and therapy/mind power are not mutually exclusive. You can use the meds as a crutch until you have the strength to explore the more natural means of depression relief.
Good luck whatever you decide, and (((hugs)))
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Many thanks Kate & Sunnmama. It is nice to know that someone understands. These two quotes touched me the most. The unseen pain of depression is what makes it so unbearable. People seem to only see a lazy grumpy person - they can't see the internal pain that makes me wish I'd just stop feeling. And then there is the guilt, knowing that my greatest wish is that my son be happy - and I see to work counter to that. Going off to curl up and cry for a while. Thank you.
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see someone and talk it over! keep in mind that drugs take several weeks to have an effect. if you can manage to do it, try a little exercise, then maybe build up to a little more. there are many studies about the therapeutic effects of an exercise program and the balance of natural chemicals it creates in the body. i was very close to a bipolar friend who was put through the paces of many drug regimens trying to find the right solution for him, and he found through it all that running made a huge difference in his day to day quality of life. best wishes. this is very hard, but you are on the road to better days.
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