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Hey, for anyone who can relate... I'm holding it together really well for work etc. but sometimes it just washes over me and erases me in the process. Today is a bright summer day and all I want to do is curl up in a ball and cry... something I've been mostly unable to do for the past two years since this whole thing began. Has anyone ever completely detached from 'feeling' like I have? Does the feeling ever come back? (Guess this would be my pitiful version of a cry for help
 

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Skystone--I answered you on the other post "never mind "----I am depressed 8yrs now and it sounds like your the same right now?? Have you considered going for some therapy which I find to be a big help?? You may need an anti-depressant? If you want to e-mail me, feel free!! take care!!------------------trish
 

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Hi Skystone:I'm sorry that you're feeling depressed. I take anti-depressants myself, and for me, they have made the difference between "living and enjoying life" and just "existing".My doc convinced me into going on them a while back while I was going through a very bad period, and I was amazed at the difference it made in my life. I realized how badly I had been depressed. The problem with depression is, the more depressed you feel, the less you want to do anything about it because you think your life isn't going to change anyway, so what's the difference? The difference to me is that I was finally able to enjoy people and things that non-depressed people take for granted.Antidepressants can make a big difference, and so can therapy. I'd give it a try if I were you. I know the detached feeling, and I really don't want to have it again.Good luck, whatever you decide to do.JeanG
 
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I didn't think I was depressed, but others could see it in me. My doctor asked me if I was a worryer (who isn't)? I tend to worry about everything. She put me on an anti-depressent. She said they have a lot of benefits other than depression. I feel it has helped me in such a short time. I seem to be thinking clearer. I seem more focused. Ask you doctor. That may just be the answer for you. If you want to talk, feel free to e-mail me anytime.bacarr1###mailcity.comBev
 

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Skystone,I'm with Jean on this issue! Last year,I went through depression caused mostly by my IBS D and I can truely say that taking an antidepressant made a world of difference for me as it has done for Jean. I would definitely give it some considerable thought. For me,depression was like hell on earth! ------------------Regards,John From Philly
 

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I know how you're feeling skystone! I'm on antidepressants (mirtazapine/zispin/remeron) and they take that awful detached feeling away from you, and the feeling that you just want the world to pass you by. Counselling helps with the rest. The feeling does come back sometimes, but it's so mild and temporary. take care,wanderingstar[This message has been edited by wanderingstar (edited 06-19-2000).]
 

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I echo the words of others. With antidepressants I was able to join the world of the living. I began to enjoy this world and am forever grateful. There is no need for you to "detach" from feeling. IBS is stressful, no doubt about that. There is help available, and no need to "curl up in a ball and cry."
 

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Could those of you taking anti-depressants post what it is you are taking?------------------"Remember To Stop and Smell the Roses"Rose (C-type)
 

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Sky - go see your doctor and tell him/her how you're feeling. You will probably get a script for an anti-depressant. Don't wait like I did. I underwent severe depression about 12 years ago (combined with alcoholism and a very low thyroid). I just felt like a big black curtain had fallen in front of me and I couldn't see anything (like hope & the will to live) because of it. My wonderful husband and sister-in-law took matters into their own hands after an incident and I was hospitilized for about 6 weeks. Some may ask why my husband didn't see the signs earlier - I was great at masking them (on the inside I was dying); plus I was usually tipsy from booze so I managed to put on a pretty good front. I was put on Prozac for the depression, Synthroid for the thyroid, and went AA for the alcohol. While all three saved my life, it was the Prozac that gave me my life back. Of course, this was in conjunction with therapy sessions. As my old shrink used to say about anti-d's: it's like a car with new shocks - the bumps in the road are still there, but you don't feel them as much. So while the pills will actually help the physical symptoms of depression, you will need to explore the emotional symptoms and work on them. Best of luck. Sorry, I raved on, but depression is a big part of my life. I still suffer now and again and most likely always will.
 
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I take Welbutrin and have been for about 5 years. When I began it, I insisted I wasn't depressed but the doctor said it would help IBS. A couple of years ago I decided on my own to stop the Welbutrin. Wow, what a difference without it. I felt lousy and realized that was how I really felt pre-Welbutrin too. I definitely had depression! Now take it gladly.
 

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Rose,I'm taking the following antidepressants for different conditions:Desipramine, For depressionProzac, For OCD Trazaodone, For sleep disorderNone of these effect my IBS one way or another.vikee
 

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I am currently taking Welbutrin SR and BuSpar (for anxiety). They seem to both work fine. I used to take impramine (Tofranil) which seemed to help the IBS more than my current meds. (I made the switch because of the pregnancy risk with impramine.)
 

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Rose,I'm currently taking Effexor XR 75 mg/daily. Best taken with food at night before going to bed.------------------Regards,John From Philly
 

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Depression is an acquaintance of mine - it has walked side by side with me most of my life. It robs me of my feelings, my ability to enjoy life or to even be interested in life. Prozac helps me fight it, and therapy has helped. Help is out there, Skystone, you don't have to suffer with depression these days.
 
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I,too, am having a round with my depression again. after reading your posts that I should take RX. I fight taking medicine till I know I must...I'm going back to the 'funk' I had in Feb. I don't want to go there and have made doc appt. for Fri.I've been reading about Wellbutrin and think I will ask doc about taking it.Has anyone had side effects from taking Wellbutrin or Wellbutrin SR? and which do you take and what dose helps you??Appreciate replies as I am going downhill right now. I can feel it happening. HELP!------------------BJV/Female__(D)
 

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Hi osgev:I take 400 mg per day of Wellbutrin. 200 in the morning and 200 later in the day. The only side effect I've noticed is some loss of appetite, which is fine for me because I'm trying to lose weight.My psych said some people have problems sleeping with it if they take it too close to bedtime, so I take my first dose at 5:00 am and my second at 3:00 pm, and it doesn't bother me. But I am also taking Trazadone to help me to sleep. I don't know what it would be like without it.Hope this helps!
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Depression is a horrible. I have suffered from depression for over 10 years. I didn't get help until '95. I was on Welbutrin for 2 years, then I was given Trazodone. I've been on it for 2.5 years. I really liked the Welbutrin, but we have to pay for our prescriptions and it got up to $75.oo a month. Too expensive. Trazodone works ok, but I still have bad days and I didn't with the Welbutrin.
 
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