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Hi Tammy -

Wow your situation sounds so much like mine. My depression has been around too for about 4 years and I have been on and off SSRI's including. Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro (hated the weight gain too), Wellbutrin (me too with the anxiety, but liked the increase in libido), and now I am on Cymbalta. This has been the most effective for me so far and without the weight gain. I hate having to take anything, but I deal with things, my family, and kids so much better and am so much more positive while on meds. I fail to see the good in anything when I'm depressed and it's not a good mindset.

I also have 3 kids, 7, 5, and 3yrs old. My depression stared after my second child. I can't imagine working while being depressed, I did for awhile and then quit after #3 was born. You have to be "on" all the time as a teacher and that must be so hard.

The SSRI's I found make you feel worse before you feel better so hang in there and take one day at at time. The other thing I have noticed in my experience with them is that I often feel better as I taper down, like I don't need a really high dose. Once the Cymbalta started working I tapered down and take like 1/2 a capsule and it seems to be doing fine. Plus the side effects arent as bad. I was going to talk to my doc about Prozac as a next option actually because at the higher doses the Cymbalta made me agitated I think it's my anxiety. Prozac is supposed to be better for that.

I feel like a lot of my issues are peri-menopausal /hormone related too. I have zero sex drive and it really stresss my relationship with my husband. It is so hard to go through this as a mom/wife, you have to be everything to everyone and you don't even want to be in your own skin, you just go through the motion.

Anyway, Cymbalta has made a difference in my life and I hope the Prozac kicks in soon for you. It took Cymbalta 3 weeks or so to make me feel better and really like 6 weeks to get adjusted and full effect.

Feel free to keep in touch for support. Best wishes,

Chris