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Hello,

I am new to this.

Been through therapy with different therapist. I have participated in a couple different support groups. I am on antidepressants. I've tired being off of them for a yr or so. Did some natural supplements. Feel like I am at a wall. I want to be happy & connect with others but having trouble keeping my emotions in check. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Did your medication work for you? Why did you want to stop taking them?

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in reply to fauxartist

I am on them now. They are not working. The thing I don't like about the medication is that they stop working & you have to change dosage. Then when you reach the highest dose. You have to change medications. I did that for a couple yrs. I do have a controlled substance I take when l am having a anxiety attack. & That helps but I try not to rely on those.

fauxartist
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I went on the merry go round for a good long while....but finally that has stopped with the one med I'm on. But it was very frustrating....don't give up. Even if you are drug resistant....hopefully you can find a therapist that is a good fit for you to help you manage this....many here don't take meds....as 1-3 are resistant, you have to find alternatives....and you will...keep writing about it and share what your going through, that always helps me, it does take some of the power out of my frustration and when you get positive feedback it does help.

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in reply to fauxartist

Thank you, it is nice knowing I am not the only one going through this w/ the meds. I used to use passion flower but that stopped working. CBD oil it did make me feel relaxed (might try it again). It's frustrating when there are so many thing to be happy about & my mind will not let me be happy.

fauxartist
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we cannot help that we have depression, it's a chemical imbalance...it's not our fault. And yes....it is very frustrating...every day is a battle sometimes.

I am glad you have reached out on this forum. We are glad you are here. It is a wonderful group. Everyone understands struggles with depression and anxiety. We are here to care, love, encourage, and support one another.

I have also tried to be off medication, however, I have learned that I will probably be on medication most of my life. A doctor explained it to me that it is like someone being on insulin for diabetes. They need the medication to stay regulated. The same for those who struggle with depression. Our brain is off balanced and needs medication to stay balanced. Some people need a low dose to remain stable. I much rather feel well than be concerned about being on medication. Does your medication work for you? With the medication along with the coping skills I learned in therapy and prayer I have been stable for 2 years without any depressive episodes. You might want to go back to your doctor and discuss going back on the medication. I will be praying for you. Have a blessed day. Hugs!

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in reply to lovetodance2018

I am currently on meds & have been for a yr. I went off them before for a yr. then before that I was on them for a yr. I have been in therapy for about 9 yrs. I've had different therapist. I've done group therapy. I did get some good coping skills from that one. I quit it & was doing individual therapy. but quit that a few months ago. I am going to go to a new group therapy this week. Hoping it helps b.c my anxiety is effecting me, job, friends, & family. I pray a lot...

lovetodance2018
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I am glad you are starting a new therapy group this week. I would recommend you give this group some time. It is better to stick with a group for about a year or so. I am so glad you pray. Do you have a home church? Do you pray with others? I had a group of woman who were my prayer partners and week prayed together weekly. God wants us to pray with others and encourage each other. Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." My friend helped me see that I didn't need to be controlled by my depression and anxiety and we prayed about that often. Finally, I no longer felt like the depression controlled me. I felt God in control and I say that every day now. God is in control. This article was very encouraging to me. bit.ly/2MsHflD I actually really enjoy reading this authors articles.

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in reply to lovetodance2018

I haven't been to church in about 2 yrs. There was a really good church I went to. but moved. They do have the services online so I watch them sometimes, read the bible, or alnon books.

lovetodance2018
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It is great you are watching sermons online. It is definitely spiritual nourishment. But it is important you have others to fellowship and prayer with. It is important for your spiritual growth to find a home church you can attend. Most churches have small groups or life groups. This is where you get to develop loving Godly relationships. God designed us as social beings who need interaction with other believers. I will continue to pray for you. Love and Blessings.

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