Hi YAMMER1993 - I can understand your pain only too well. I went to have a peek at your SparkPage but you don't have one. If you would like to create one and have it open it will make it easier for us to support you on a slightly higher level. Do you belong to a Depression team? I am a co-Moderator of Dealing with Depression with well in excess of 900,000 members. There are many in there who have similar issues with medications. IF you aren't a member of any of the teams which specialize with this, then you are more than welcome to use my link below to get to the Dealing with Depression Team and check it out. It is very active and very supportive.
There are many medications for Depression/Anxiety and related disorders, and what may be marvelous for one person may be not so good for another. Unfortunately with this type of medication it is a case of trial and error. I have been on a few and have not had one single negative side-effect. My husband has very bad OCD and is on meds as well, and has been on a few. He has never had a negative reaction to any of his, either. The thing that I look at is that the depression NEEDS to be addressed first and foremost. Untreated depression can have extremely serious consequences. You have a Dr - is she a Psychiatrist. If not, then ask for a referral to one because they have had a LOT more training in this subject and a better understanding of meds/combinations/interactions. Do you also have a Therapist?? If not, then ask your Dr to refer you to one as well, because often the two working together have far better results than one or the other.
Below is a link re medication/side-effects: www.mayoclinic.com/health/antidepressants/
Hair coming out is often as a result of the stressors and if your nutrition is poor too, you have a double whammy. Has your Dr checked your Thyroid level? If not, now would be a good time because that can cause hair loss, depression and overweight! Good nutrition helps considerably with depression - fruit and veges, (especially dark leafy greens), good quality protein (not processed meats) and healthy fats (walnuts, etc.). If you have good nutrition on board that is half the battle. I can understand your not wanting to walk outside - I very seldom do, but I still get my walks in. I get my groceries and because of skeletal issues they are in light-weight bags. I bring one each hand into the house from the car, and then put each item away one at a time. I put my laundry away one at a time, too! I can sometimes get more than 30 minutes walk in doing this, but mostly break it down to 15-20 minute increments. I do this usually about 3 times per week. It works well for me. You may like to get a gym ball and while you are on the computer or watching TV sit on it. That takes energy just maintaining your balance. Once on it it is tempting to bounce around on it, and then roll around the floor. It is ALL extra energy being burned. You can do chair exercises while watching TV, too! Depression is helped by exercise - it gets those 'feel good' chemicals going :-)
Because you are not going for your walks etc. outside, you are also reducing the Vitamin D that your body would get. That can impact on your mental health too. It would be helpful if you Dr checked your Vit.D level. Also if you suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) then getting a Light Box can be beneficial, too!
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 11/22/2012 (22:44)