Discussions that mention prozac

Lupus board

Dear living5oul--

Depression and Anxiety are symptoms of Lupus as they are many chronic diseases. I myself am rather "prone" to depression and had one bout in particular in which I became very suicidal and Prozac really saved my life. Anti-depressants are very commonly prescribed and can be most helpful to many people. Don't feel wrong for asking for help or feel it's bad to "ask for drugs" because they are there for a reason! I keep a close eye on myself and kind of take a mental inventory if you will from time to time. I'm really quite vigilant about it as I never want to be in "that awful place" again. I also don't want to take anti-depressants again but I will if it becomes necessary without a doubt! A guage I've always tried to use is, "Has the sadness, etc... caused me to take a disinterest in doing the things I enjoy for longer than 2 weeks?" and "Is there anything else I can do to improve the situation first like better stress management, exercise, venting, etc..." Then if I do those things and I still can't seem to rise above the clouds I know it would be time to ask the doctor. There's nothing wrong with taking anti-depressants or admitting that you are depressed, nothing at all! You are not alone! Don't feel ashamed okay. Hang in there and please let us know how you're doing.
Love and concern,