Depression update

Yeah, so I had written earlier this month about how I was really depressed again and I was going to seek help for it. I am very touched by the kind, supportive comments I got from everyone about that, and I wanted to thank you for that. I also wanted to update everyone on the situation.

My psychiatrist and I decided to drop one of my antidepressant meds, which I had been taking since mid-2008, and replace it with a different antidepressant. I’m still titrating upwards on it: I am supposed to take 10mg daily for a week, then go up to 20mg. I’ll start the 20mg on Wednesday.

My mood has improved but I am still constantly, incredibly tired. I’m sleeping fourteen, sixteen hours a day sometimes. Last night I went to sleep around midnight and didn’t really get up till 3:00 p.m., except to take the dog out.

Some people have suggested the tiredness is due to some kind of deficiency or maybe just to the season, the fact that it’s been cold and gloomy and dreary for the past several months. Either way it’s obviously no way to live. If it is still going on when I have my next psychiatrist appointment late in the month, I’ll bring it up with him.

5 thoughts on “Depression update

  1. bcky March 11, 2019 / 4:17 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling better and hope you continue to improve. So many of my loved ones have been prescribed Mirtazapine recently and I think it works pretty quickly but they were told to take it at night to fight insomnia because it makes you really sleepy. I don’t know if you take your med in the am but maybe if you took it at night it would help? Anyway, I hope you keep improving.

  2. Sonya March 11, 2019 / 6:16 pm

    I’m glad your mood has improved. That’s good to hear. 🙂
    I hope your tiredness improves soon. I sometimes end up sleeping as much as that because I’m diabetic, and I find it hard to get out of that kind of “sleeping all the time” cycle. It’s rough.

  3. Jaclyn March 12, 2019 / 2:26 am

    I am so sorry you have been going through this. Everyone is different when it comes to meds and depression. I tend to experience the opposite of what you are experiencing; very little sleep, with insomnia tormenting me often.
    I sincerely hope and pray you can begin to experience balance and serenity. You are so faithful to MP’s and their loved ones. Thank you for continuing your amazing work through these hard time.

  4. Joanne M. March 14, 2019 / 5:00 pm

    Dearest Meaghan,
    I am also bipo. I want u to know that things do get better. You CAN feel better. Please hang on. I’m 58 and I must say I’m relieved to be in menopause. Hormones really do us in. Never give up, darling. I’m so grateful I didn’t. Wishing u all the best. U r a beautiful soul. Love, Jo

  5. Max March 18, 2019 / 8:12 am

    My only advice would be to be cautious around antidepressants, although I trust you’re well-informed already. You’ll get through this.

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