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Old 02-29-2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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hi can anyone help with their experience my husdband is suffering from post stroke depression which although he is on the maximum dose of prozac a day he till feels as he is getting lower i have read an article about prozac not being the best anti depressant for treating post stroke depression and was wondering what anti depressants other stroke survivors were taking i really need to get my hubby back on track as i find it very hard to see him like this he has no interest in anything thanks everyone

 
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Re: post stroke depresson

I haven't suffered a stroke, I have suffered TIAs but not in the brain, only the eye area. So I'm at risk. I would consider maybe a therapist? I go to therapy, and it helps me a lot.

 
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hi can anyone help with their experience my husband is suffering from post stroke depression which although he is on the maximum dose of prozac a day he till feels as he is getting lower i have read an article about prozac not being the best anti depressant for treating post stroke depression and was wondering what anti depressants other stroke survivors were taking i really need to get my hubby back on track as i find it very hard to see him like this he has no interest in anything thanks everyone
I too sufferd from depression after my stroke. The world seemed like some nightmare everything looked and felt strange. My doctor gave me Zoloft and I took this drug for 2 months. It stopped my depression in short order. I stopped taking the drug at 60 days and have had no more depressive episodes.

 
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Ive had a stroke. I found out that doing favorite things was a god send for me. Does he have a special food,game,movie,sport? A hobby? These things worked for me what I was familar with made me feel like i was back in control of my self again. I couldnt screw up because i already knew what i was doing. After a few weeks i was functioning on my own and laughed when i FUBARED! LOL! I had FUBARED before the stroke LOL!

 
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Re: post stroke depresson

nanny,
I am sorry about you hubby's condition. A stroke is hard for anyone, but for men it seems worse. we are the bread winner and take care of the family, when it is gone in an instant and can't do it it is devestating. And most men men keep it all in to be "tough". So it is no wonder he is depressed. It sounds like his stroke is fairly new, so it is just as hard on you. 3 months after my stroke, I cried every single day sobbing and my wife was so worried. I told her not to worry, I can't explain it, but I need to cry. I think it will help me. And one day I just stopped, just like that.

So when you understand that his brain is altered and he is not going to be the same person he was. when you understand that, then you can help him better. It is not an easy task I agree. I have seen many marriages end in divorce and it it so sad. He needs you now more than ever. He will get better, but it takes a really long time. Do you know I could not remember my own wife's name for 7 days. But it came back "Anita, Anita, my sweet Anita"

So my point is Nanny. Every thing is fine. No how it might seem. I stroke is something that heals with a lot of time and a lot of Love and patience.
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thanks tim for your reply, i am doing all you suggest i love my hubby more than anything in the world and would do anything for him, i think the problem is as you say worse for a man but also i dont think the doctors at the hospital have listened to us, whn my hubby had his stroke his vision was really the main problem and he was home in under 2 weeks however i think something happened about a week later when he got new symptoms memory loss, confusion,doing half a job not finishing anything off,making strange noises, when we told the specialist all he says is that it wouldnt be the stroke that caused them as it wasnt that area of the brain that was damaged, we dont agree you dont suddenly for get your childrens birthdates and lots of other important things just like that, we think he had another stroke and think a brain scan would show up something but the specialist said we dont need one now i am on a mission to get that second mri scan and prove myself right as at the end of the day no one knows my hubby or loves him as much as i do,do you think i am being silly

 
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Re: post stroke depresson

Nanny,
You are not being silly at all. You sound like a sweet heart to your hubby I have been in the hospital so many times, I realized to doctors it is just there job. They can't possibly care deeply to each patient, but you keep fighting for your hubby. My wife got right down bitchy to some doctors because I was not able to hold on my own and she did it for me. Your husband will come around, I promise. He will be a little different, but better. I have always loved my wife, but now I feel like a teenager again. Always touching her and kissing her now that is silly. But it took so long for me to sort of come back after my stroke.

I would suggest you see a nuerologist for you husband. That is the only way to get to the bottom of what is going on with him. Also, I hate to say it, but 5% of stroke survivors get epilepsy at some point and it was only a neurology that found it and treated it correctly. I am on medication that have stopped my seizures. I am not saying you hubby has epilesy, but with a neurology you trust he can at least watch at it. I'm the one that won the lottery with my stroke, ha ha. just kidding. I like to laugh about it. I keeps me sane.

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been to dr today and we are now going to try zoloft but first my hubby has to be weaned off of prozac we are going to go from 3 to 2 to 1 pill over the next three weeks then on to the zoloft can anyone advise us as to how long it will be before the zoloft will kick in my hubby bless him just wants to feel better , the gp has said we can then see a neurologist but he doesnt think my hubby has been misdiagnosed but something is not right,i personally think he has had another stroke since the first which had led to the confusion and forgetfullness and tics and i will get another mri scan i think im just going to have to kck up a fuss but i know my hubby better than anyone and i know hes not right

 
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Re: post stroke depresson

Hi nanny,
And good for you. You are absolutely right. You know more about your husband than any doctor. sometimes they do seem so cold. They know best and the rest of us are idiots. But you have to be his advocate, because he can't do it himself. I have been 2 1/2 years since my stroke and I still need my wife to come with me to a doctor or hospital to make sure I am not taken advantaged of. I still get flustered when someone talks to fast and most doctors do.

I am glad he is trying Zoloft. I know he has to wean off prozac, but zoloft started results in a week. No side effects at all and I am taking some strong meds for my epilesy with it, so it seems to be working for.
I wish you goodness and happiness and let me know how your sweet hubby is feeling.
God Bless you,
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thanks again for all your help tim im glad that the zoloft is good for you and i hope itll be as good for my hubby he also gets confused at the doctors so i have to go too but at least i know whats going on thenhopefully he will feel better soon thanks

 
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hi can anyone help with their experience my husdband is suffering from post stroke depression which although he is on the maximum dose of prozac a day he till feels as he is getting lower i have read an article about prozac not being the best anti depressant for treating post stroke depression and was wondering what anti depressants other stroke survivors were taking i really need to get my hubby back on track as i find it very hard to see him like this he has no interest in anything thanks everyone

 
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Hi I to had a stroke which caused depression and kept me indoors watching 4 walls not venturing out doors refusing to see my friends I have been on Prozac it done no good I took a second opinion seen another doctor and he put me on Avanza 30mg starting with half a tablet for one week then full tablet each night I tell you the truth I am getting my life back again getting out started to drive again feeling much better each day I do not know which country you are in or weather you can get these there the Tablet name is Mirtazapine Regards Bear63

 
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we have now weaned my hubby off of prozac and are on an anti depressant free week before we start the citalopram on monday all he keeps saying is will they make me feel better, all i can say is i hope so hee feels so down has lost all his self confidence and just want to get back to some kind of normality and not feel tired and depressed its not much for him to ask for him i do hope they will work

 
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