Let’s face it; having a chronic, possibly debilitating illness, carries with it a certain likelihood that you’ll experience depression; depression because you can no long do the things you used to do or maybe because you’re isolated. But, with so many antidepressants which one do you choose? You’ve probably been on Prozac® and Zoloft® or a few others. They work for a while, but then stop working? What next?
You might suggest a few to your doc, but don’t be surprised if your doc seems to dismiss your suggestions out of hand. The doc may balk, not because he/she doesn’t think that your suggestion is worthwhile and worth a try. Instead docs often balk at suggestions WE make because it is human nature to want to seem like they ‘came up’ with the idea (not someone else, not you). So plant the seed, give it some time (to percolate) and politely bring it up at the next visit.
An antidepressant, after trying a lot of them, that has worked for me, is Celexa® (citalopram). I don’t know, if like some others, it works on nerve pain like a few others, but I’ve experienced decreased pain when I’m not depressed,; and I’ve experience MORE pain when I don’t tae my antidepressants. Tools like looking at the cup of life as HALF FULL, instead of half EMPTY.
Depression can be so disabling a condition that many sufferers are unable to work; unfortunately, many suffer the stigma of being ‘lazy,’ but being depressed besides influencing your mood, can influence function and also ABILITY to function, so that one may be unable to ‘hold down’ a job.
If this is the case and you are unable to hold down a job and physicians feel that you are also unable to function, I would recommend contacting the Disability Digest by clicking the image below to talk to a disability advocate;
- Chronic Pain and Depression (drpattyschronicintractablepainandyou.wordpress.com)
- Serotonin: 9 Questions and Answers (webmd.com)