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Cymbalta and Ativan?

I am always so surprised when anyone responds to my posts, and with so much kindness ad good advice. I am so appreciative of that. I am still struggling every day to do much of anything even writing a post sometimes is too overwhelming. ive been put on medication alst week- cymbalta and Ativan twice per day "as needed" but just feel even more tired than before and just cant do anything at all... but I still cry a lot in bed and think a lot about ending my life still... because I feel so hopeless and I cannot live in this neverending darkness much longer if it doesn't get better I just feel I don't have the strength to...

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If you just started taking the Cymbalta, remember it takes a week or two (closer to the two week mark) to build up and reach full effectiveness. The Ativan should work right away. In my experience with meds like Ativan, Xanax, Valium, etc., if I was already tired from trying to keep my depression symptoms in check, it would just make me sleep.

I get through my major episodes with medication (Remeron as I can't tolerate ssri and snri medications) and a lot of soul searching for something to hang onto. The last time I attempted suicide, I did it in the bathroom not even 2 feet away from my 6 year old daughter's room.

I completely understand the need to find a way out of the darkness and hopelessness, as the above paragraph indicates. If there is anything at all you can still feel something about, use that as your inspiration. It is so hard to feel emotions when you are so exhausted by the idea of staying around. But, somewhere, somehow find something that you still can hang on to. The Cymbalta will start working her in the next week or so, you just gotta hang on.

I haven't been a member here for more that 24 hours and am already seeing just what a wonderful community that has been built. I know many people have already shown me a great deal of caring and concern. Please message me if you need anything, even just someone to listen to how you are feeling.

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thank you so much, your reply made me cry, I don't know why maybe just feeling that someone understands and I am not alone thank you also for the advice regarding medication. I will try to hang on and give it time to start working... thank you so much

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So sorry to hear this, I can empathize. I have depression, since a teenager and ME. I now live alone as my partner passed almost a year ago. I do work, but struggle. I downloaded an app the other day, a chat bot Wysa. It talks to you and kinda helps you. I feel a bit sad but I can get lonely,bi have friends but little energy to see them due to both illnesses. Tc

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