I have been suffering from Depression since 2000 and initially it was really terrible with confusion in the mind, restlessness, insomania, suicidal thoughts pangs of hunger , panic feeling morning stress etc. I was put on impramine and amitriptyline for 6 - 8 months before the depression came under control However ferocity reduced considerably but panic feeling morning stress continued for 3-4 years. Drugs were changed frequently and I was adviced to do Meditation for 30 mins in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening.
I am presently on Escitalopram 20 mg since 1 year and doing good.
Again I started feeling very drowsy, getting hunger pangs, weakness etc. Blood tests revealed High blood sugar and oral medication with diet restrictions were prescribed on 1-12-2011. Meditation was continued.
Since last 1 week I am feeling great , No weakness, not feeling weak and forking full time
After doing Xanax and Paxil, I finally had enough of the undesirable (no pun intended, but you can get my meaning) side effects and started going without, or only when needed. Just staying busy and avoiding idleness whenever possible helps to keep me out of my danger zones.
I also use writing as a form of therapy to express things I do not feel comfortable talking about. More recently, I am getting more comfortable talking about whats going on inside me, which has been meet with mixed results. I labor on trying to sort everything out and lay to rest the past - through the help of friends. Which for me, is the best medicine: Together we are stronger than each one of us alone, and together we learn more than any one of us of could learn in a life time.
I've been chronically depressed for a few years now. Now that I'm getting counselling and I'm on an anti-depressant that works for me, I've come to realize that medication and counselling may not be the best cure for depression. I think the BEST way to treat depression is by looking at yourself and asking yourself WHY you are depressed. If you do some soul searching, sometimes you can find the answer(s) to what is making you depressed and you can do something about it. Face the truth about diabetes, or face whatever it is that's making you depressed. Through my kidney plant experience, I was mentally exhausted and finally did some soul searching with the help of a counsellor. I soon realized I was sexually abused when I was 10. Now that I'm 45, I'm angry that I went through 35 years, not knowing who I was. But now that I'm dealing with it, I'm slowly getting better. I think the key to overcoming depression is within yourself.