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Anyone on antidepressants?!

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Proudtrout Thu 12-Oct-17 19:05:33

Posting here as I'm particularly interested in trying to reconcile my mind with what's normal single parent exhaustion and what actually might be depression?

Had a serious bout of depression yonks ago for an obvious reason and responded really well to medication after trying everything else I could think of.

This time around I'm really confused though- I'm definitely not suicidal or harbouring those types of thoughts but I'm not right. Have tried all the things I tried last time to no avail.

I'm functioning, I'm physically and emotionally responsive to my child but I just feel completely used up and like I'm faking. I find all the little things so overwhelming. Lots of bigger stuff going on too and I just don't have the energy to cope with it all. I feel like my head is full of fluff, can't concentrate on anything. I spend a lot of time crying and am usually in bed by 8. Living on comfort food, can't trust myself to drink alcohol as I've lost the ability to drink in moderation. Don't ever want to socialise (not that I can afford it but used to enjoy an odd night out- now I actively avoid them). I know all the CBT keep moving through it, make yourself see people stuff but it feels so insincere as I end up playing the joker to hide how low I feel.

In short I'm a flipping mess. But I'm a single mum to a toddler with no family locally and struggling for money so am I actually just normal?! Is this just a case of waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel? Are others drowning too?!

HollyDolly15 Thu 09-Nov-17 20:10:19

Bumping this for you x
How are you feeling now?
I'm suffering with antenatal depression and just started antidepressants a few days ago, so it's too early for me to give you any advice or reassurance as to how they'll help. I'm on dosulepin, which so far has started to help me sleep already, as I was suffering terrible insomnia. No awful side effects thankfully. A bit of a dry mouth and drowsy upon waking. Today I have felt very groggy and slightly drunk all day though :/ but nothing unbearable. Just hoping they kick in properly soon as I'm tired of living in a cloud of misery, having no interest or pleasure in anything. I feel similar to how you've described you feel. So for both of us I think it is depression. Please speak to your GP, and accept antidepressants if they're offered. I wish I accepted them earlier rather than trying to cope alone! Let me know how you get on smile best wishes x

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