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Old 09-01-08, 09:49 PM   #1
 
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I sincerely hope that the alternatives to depression medication help all those who seek alternatives but I feel as if there is sometime to add to this forum.

One day my medication for depression seemed to stop working. So, I decided to take my medication every other day, instead of every day. That did not work. I was still depressed and my medication did not seem to be working. So I stopped taking my medication for one week. That did not work either. So I started doubling my medication, taking two a day instead of the prescribed one a day. That did not work either.

My depression was getting worse. Then one night I experienced a depression I had never known before. I was among people I knew when the walls literally began to close in on me. I felt trapped. I felt as if I was spiraling down and down like I had never experienced before. Even though there were people I could talk to I did not want to talk with anyone. In fact, I felt if I talked with someone and expressed what I was going through, that they would only say "Snap out of it. You are only feeling sorry for yourself!"

So there I sat. All alone. Desperate and afraid like I never had been before. Thoughts of suicide came to mind like they never had before. There is no way for me to express the desperation and detachment I felt that night.

Fortunately, a close friend happened to sit next to me and strike up a conversation. Somehow I had the courage to express a part of what was going on inside of me only to find he had done the same thing - changing his medication on his own like I had and ended up feeling the same feelings I was experiencing at that time. He made me promise not to listen to my voice of depression and to see my doctor the coming Monday. I promised and kept my promise.

Today I know my friend saved my life. And, never again will I mess with changing my medication for depression, or the amount of medication I am prescribed to take except under my doctor's supervision.
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Wow, that must have been frightening. At least your terrible experience will serve as a warning to others who try to self-medicate...its even a lesson to me because I mess with my blood pressure med dosages a lot! Thank you for sharing your wisdom.
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Old 10-26-08, 07:17 AM   #3
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yea, sometimes if i quit taking my xanax i start feeling pre-shock symptoms, meds can be hard to get off of
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