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Old 09-05-2003, 12:30 AM   #1
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Question Chronic Depression won't go away!? Elavil?

Hello everyone. I will keep my story short:

3 1/2 years ago diagnosed with post-partum depression
Have been seen by therapist on and since then
Have tried:
Zoloft (gain 70 lbs in 11 months)
Serzon (off market now)
Prozac (almost committed me)
Paxil (Men, what are they and why!!! No Labido)
Wellbutrin (allergic)
Alexra (did not take long so don't know)

Recently scheduled for surgery for back problem. DR wanted me to take anti-depressant to "avoid" depressed episode. I hade stopped my against their advice because all of my closest friends and family kept reminding me how strong I always was and should not need this! Bad idea I guess.

Taking Elavil due to reactions to others (12-14 days)

I would swear it has made me depressed but...

I am deeply hurt by the fact that this may be my life now and I need anti-depressants. I was hoping someone here can tell me from their personal experience if chronic depression is something that can be "out grown" or is a life long condition? I hear the DRS opinions but I want to hear it from those of us that suffer from it.

Second quesion is about the Elavil. Have you had adverse side effects from it? Not sleeping either and lack of control of thoughts. Was not experiencing this before (to this degree).

I am so glad I found this board after all of these years and hope someone can help with some info. Take care and thanks to everyone for taking the time to read this and respond.

April
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Old 09-05-2003, 03:37 PM   #2
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theres no weakness or lack of courage associated with having depression, its probably a biochemical imballance that the antidepressant meds often correct, although side effects can be a real nusiance

elavil is an older tricyclic antidepressant which may suit you better than the others
make sure the anasthetist knows you are taking it
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Old 09-05-2003, 03:38 PM   #3
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theres no weakness or lack of courage associated with having depression, its probably a biochemical imballance that the antidepressant meds often correct, although side effects can be a real nusiance

elavil is an older tricyclic antidepressant which may suit you better than the others
make sure the anasthetist knows you are taking it
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Old 09-07-2003, 10:32 AM   #4
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thanks hry3

It is a double edge sword.

I know if I take the meds it improves the quality of life for myself and my family. On the other hand the stubborn side of me wants to do it on my own. It was a real reality slap when the DR said if I were doing it on my own I would not be crying! So I gave in again. I truly believe the meds are necessary for many people and what a blessing it is that we have that option. I just never saw myself headed down this road until I was on it. I guess I am just getting used to traveling it still.

Thanks for the reply and kind words.

April
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Sept 16 will be surgery for L5-S1 disc herniation and fragmentation due to degenerative disease (early onset)
I am 32 with two children and want to play with them again so I am going ahead with it.

 
Old 09-07-2003, 10:33 AM   #5
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thanks hry3

It is a double edge sword.

I know if I take the meds it improves the quality of life for myself and my family. On the other hand the stubborn side of me wants to do it on my own. It was a real reality slap when the DR said if I were doing it on my own I would not be crying! So I gave in again. I truly believe the meds are necessary for many people and what a blessing it is that we have that option. I just never saw myself headed down this road until I was on it. I guess I am just getting used to traveling it still.

Thanks for the reply and kind words.

April
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Sept 16 will be surgery for L5-S1 disc herniation and fragmentation due to degenerative disease (early onset)
I am 32 with two children and want to play with them again so I am going ahead with it.

 
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