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I have been going through a long stretch of depression for the past two years. I have recently worked up enough stamina to start dieting and working out again and feel so proud of myself! However, I feel extremely tired all the time and other things in my life are deterirating now that I am focusing so much on the diet.

I have never been on antidepressants before but have been considering looking into them. Anyone have an experience with this? Is there something I can just take for a few months and then see how I do without them?

Fri. Mar 10, 9:57am

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Do any of them cause weight gain?

Friday, March 10, 2006, 9:57 AM

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Talk to a doctor, obviously. Different meds help with different problems. You may need them for a short time or for several years.

I was depressed for almost a year before I went on meds. I took Effexor (for motivation) and Welbutrin (for energy). I stopped the Welbutrin after a year because my energy level back up, and I took the Effexor for another year.

Be very careful about going off meds. Effexor had bad withdrawal effects (for me, nausea). Your doctor can help you step back slowly.

It still took another year for me to feel normal. A routine sleep schedule helps a lot. More sleep isn't always the answer, either; I do very well on 7-8 hours a night when I used to think I needed 14.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 10:21 AM

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As far as weight gain, it could depend whether you are an emotional eater. If you eat to make yourself happy, maybe anti-depressants could help you eat less.

I also used to eat when I was tired to get energy. Now that I am not tired all the time, I don't have to eat just to stay awake.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 10:24 AM

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I have not taken antidepressants, but have visited with other people about them. from what I understand, they can take up to 6 weeks to even work. there are very light doses of them, which might be better to start with. i think that some of them can cause weight gain, but honestly, what's more important? Yes, you want to have a healthy body, because that can help you have a healthy mind, but if you are truly depressed, you need help and medication can be affective for some people, even with the side effects. Good luck to you! Keep us posted on how you are doing.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 10:35 AM

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I am currently on antidepressants and mood stablizers. (I'm not a crazy person, in fact, the only person who knew I had a problem with depression was my BF, who was around me all the time). I have found that my mood is much more stable (no huge highs or deep lows) and that I am less depressed. I don't find that the medicines have any affect on my personality, although I do still feel tired pretty often and I need a lot of sleep. I plan on eventually weening myself (with a doctor's help) off the medicines and seeing if I can control my moods and depression naturally (staying healthy, exercise, yoga, reducing stress, etc.).

It took me a very long time to come to terms with needing help (I would say my depression and mood disorder started 6 or 7 years ago when I was in college). It wasn't until I was in a crisis state that I actually sought help. Overall, I am very happy with my progress and the way I feel. Because my depression was not constant, I lived in fear of the depression coming on. Now I don't have to worry about that anymore.

Sorry for the long post. I hope my experience is helpful to you.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 10:46 AM

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I was on anti depressants for 3 years. They helped stabilize my mood, but I don't like to be dependent on pills. If you do go off them, go off them slowly. I experienced dizziness for a good month when I went off them, and I did go off them slowly.
As for weight gain, honestly who cares? If they help stabilize your mood, you will probably be more inclined to exercise.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 11:43 AM

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Talk to Your Doctor Right Away

Even if you aren't severely depressed, it's a good idea ot make an appointment ASAP!

I dealt with depression all my life, I'm only 28, but a few years ago I took one of those on line tests to see if my symptoms indeed were depression and they were.

My moodswings and irratability were affecting me in various ways in my life but mostly with my fiance so I decided to get help right away. I don't regret it one bit. I took Wellbutrin for about 1 year, some doctors recommend therapy along with the pill, but I just took the pill and made a HUGE effort to pay attention to how I felt/acted and did what I could to rectify my behavior.

I learned a lot about myself during that time and am glad I didn't wait to get some help. Part of it could have been in my head, but I really started to feel better right away.

The reason I'm urging you to get help right away is because as a person who previously suffered from depression myself, I know that we love to procrastinate! LOL :)

Good luck to you...oh and the weight gain, some will make you gain and some won't. Everyone is different. When I was on Wellbutrin I didn't gain any weight, I was actually more motivated to do things including working out.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 12:04 PM

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I like others here have gone through the same feelings. After my daughter was born, I felt the the world was closing in on me. I was crying all the time and even thought about killing myself. I went through a period where I was sorry for having my daughter and thought about hurting her. Once that feeling hit, I knew I needed help. I was embarressed and didn't want to tell my doctor how I was feeling and what I was thinking, but I knew I had to tell her.

After speaking with my doctor, I felt like she took a ton of weight off my shoulders and put me on antidepressants. They helped SO much, I can't even begin to desribe it. I did gain weight. 25 to be exact, but I think it was from lack of knowledge, not the pills. I do agree that they make you feel so much better that your appetite comes back, but I feel that if I knew that would happen and worked out right away, I wouldn't have gotten to this point.

As of 3 weeks ago, I have weaned myself off of the pills and am on my way to living the best life that I could. There are still times where I feel sad and very anxious, but then I workout. That helps so much. I wouldn't have been able to get off of my meds if I didn't workout 6 days a week. I also educated myself about depression and no longer feel ashamed, but proud that I was able to overcome such a serious illness. DON'T EVER FEEL ASHAMED!

Now in a few more weeks I'm going to start taking St. Johns Wort. It has been proven that taking this pill helps with mild depression, along with excersize.

Good Luck and remember that we are all here to help if you need it.


Friday, March 10, 2006, 12:18 PM

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OP here...

Thanks everyone for all of your kind words and personal experiences. I did talk with my doctor a few months ago, but was breastfeeding at the time. She said that she though I should be on anti-deppresants and I told her I would think about it, and look at starting them when I stopped breast feeding. I am weaning my son now, so if I decide to go through with the medication, then I will be able to in a month or so.

I admit, I am a little nervous. I will do some research on the medications you all have suggested. Thank you so much!

Friday, March 10, 2006, 1:24 PM

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I went on Antidepressants after I came off accutane... I feel it was the best choice I ever made.. I actually lost weight because I had such mental clarity... I reccomend Zoloft.. its low dose.. low side affects.. and I know soo many ppl who it has worked for!

Friday, March 10, 2006, 2:19 PM

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