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Re: Who is currently in REMISSION??Questions stargazer

Posted by madeline on March 29, 2007, at 10:01:32

In reply to Who is currently in REMISSION??Questions, posted by stargazer on March 28, 2007, at 18:07:14

Well, I am in remission and have been for a while.

I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. I had my first episode in my late teens and it worsened through my twenties until it became incapacitating. I almost lost everything - including my life.

I was started on Prozac 20mg pretty much on my 30th birthday. The initiation phase onto prozac was rough and I didn't know if I was going to be able to continue therapy, but the symptoms resolved after one month on therapy.

Since then, I have been on Prozac, but my doc and I have had to jockey the dose between 10 & 40 mg periodically. I have also taken Provigil but stopped because of the agititation it caused.

Currently, I am on Prozac 10mg and 0.5mg klonopin as needed for anxiety - a new symptom. I take trazodone for sleep.
I take omega 3 supplements and am on a high anti-oxidant diet (sometimes I think if I eat another blueberry I just might vomit :) ).

I also started intensive psychotherapy (psychodynamic) to develop skills to cope with past abuse. My pdoc is also my therapist. My romp through therapy has been gut wrenching, but I feel really good right now. I am currently terminating therapy after 7 years.

I also made some significant lifestyle changes. I made a conscious effort to break from my comfort zone of isolation and find a community to which I felt I belonged (that was also a struggle). I eased way back on my workload - really developed a whole new attitude toward work.

Though this may be controversial here, I also read every single book on positive thinking I could find and tried to incorporate as many positive thinking skills as my poor Goth brain could handle. I am, however, still one of the most sarcastic people I know. I also revel in irony.

Now, I am aware that I could relapse pretty much at any time and that thought used to scare me to death, but it doesn't anymore and I really don't know why.

That's my story

Maddie


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