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Re : ?'s about anti-depressants

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 12:45 am
by shelbys mom
Faith, I truly understand what you feel, I too haven't felt like my old self, it was when my mom finally said something, that I knew medication was the only answer, I am on weelbutrin, and am feeling good, I have been on it for over a year now, try and not to worry about the medicine and how long you will be on, if it helps it is worth it, goodluck

Kim (36)
DH John (30)

mom to Shelby 32 weeker due to pree-e, and hellp, WOW she is now three, and just beautiful!!!

Re : ?'s about anti-depressants

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 07:23 am
by faith
Thank you so much for the great advice! For so long I was afraid that I had lost my old self...I'm glad to know she's still in me and seems to be coming back you're right, I shouldn't be concerned how long I'll need to take the meds. I guess if I can go on feeling this way, feeling good, happy & enjoying life once again, that's all that matters. Thanks Ladies [:)]

Mommy to Matthew born at 37 1/2 weeks. Postpartum Eclamptic

Re : ?'s about anti-depressants

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 08:19 pm
by catherine
Kathleen, I haven't had your issues to deal with directly but I have some experience/insight because my mom has been dealing with depression issues for almost 39 years now (hmmnn... coincidence... I think not). Her response to this question if she were asked would go like this. " Treasure that you have regained your normal and healthy perspective on living your life. Know that you haven't done anything wrong or failed in anyway... you've hit a neurobiochemical issue (for whatever reason) and it will resolve itself (or not.. being honest) in its own time. When you feel ready, talk to your doctor about tapering the meds (they can be very difficult to drop cold turkey), and then evaluate how you are feeling." The most important thing that I've learned from her is that you need to feel like yourself, and that you are entitled to do so. If that aspect of your life should need some pharmaceutical support for now.. so be it.

I'm not a doctor so obviously not an expert but I think that they don't consider eclampsia a true seizure disorder, the kind that arises from specific neurological issues, but a symptom of the incredibly high intracranial BP that you can achieve when you have the hypertension of preeclampsia. So long as you aren't pregnant, you aren't at any risk for another eclamptic seizure.

Mom to Finn, Lucy (preeclampsia and HELLP) and Chloe.

Re : ?'s about anti-depressants

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 08:04 pm
by kim
I think it is WONDERFUL that you are feeling like your old self again! And, I'm glad you didn't wait 2.5 years, like I did. We've been through *, and for us not to have PTSD would be even crazier. Try not to worry about how long you are going to take the medicine. I am so glad Zoloft is working for you. I've just starting "Cymbalta" and was even able to walk into a hospital without having a panic attack, for the first time in 2.5 years.
Take Care and remember that a happy momma is the best thing for Matthew!!!

Texas Chapter Coordinator

Ainsley 11/26/02-36 Weeks Preeclampsia

?'s about anti-depressants

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 07:04 pm
by faith
I gave myself about six months to get over my fears, anxiety, panic attacks, etc and it just wasn't working. At the advice of my primary care doctor, I consented to go on an anti-depressant. I'll admit that at the time I was really apprehensive about taking a pill...I somehow thought that if I couldn't deal with my post tramatic stress issues (due to eclamptic seizure) & post partum depression issues that somehow I was a failure to myself and to my son. Well, fast forward six weeks later to when the meds started to kick in...I now feel great...finally, after months of needless suffering I am able to put things in perspective and I am starting to feel like my old self again...thanks God! My only concern is, how long will I have to be on the medication? My doctor feels that if it is working, then I shouldn't be worried about that now...but I don't want my happiness & calmness to be dependent on these pills. The way I am feeling now is the way I felt before PE & Help hit me. If anyone else had to go on perscription anti depressants after PE, how long did you have to stay on them??? Also, I was watching tv the other night and I saw a commercial for one anti depressent in particular that said if you have had a seizure in the past then this pill is not for you....while I am not on that medication (I'm on Zoloft) it promted me to ask my doctor if zoloft was safe for me being that I had an eclamptic seizure. She assured me that I am fine, but I must admit, my faith in the medical field has been lacking these days. Additonally, after I read a the post about "when were you diagnoised with h.e.l.p" i called my obgyn who informed me that I had h.e.l.p as well...and I didn't know that until just now...almost seven months post partum! I wouldn't have even thought to ask if it wasn't for the post I read on this forum. Guess you learn something new everyday!

Mommy to Matthew born at 37 1/2 weeks. Post Partum Eclamptic