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Wed, Jul. 13th, 2005 02:29 pm
So! About the crazy.

Both rentravler and bright_valkyrie asked right out of the gate what I got diagnosed with. This doctor doesn't quite work that way, but we did get some things figured out. We agreed that I'm depressed, but I'm months out from a major depressive episode, and it motivated me to get the therapy that I'm continuing, so no huge worries. Let's call it chronic minor depression with a healing major episode.

My doctor seemed much more interested in the anxiety side of things, which for me is not nearly so pressing (heh) as the depression. (I reconciled myself to the notion of staying on personality-altering meds permanently because if I didn't alter myself the depression might mean I wouldn't have a self left to alter.) Not only does she see me as having a panic disorder (!) she also showed an amount of concern over obsessive-compulsive disorder (!!) that surprised me. I don't see myself as panicky or obsessive.

But she sat me down and pointed some things out.

In any event the depression thing is still what worries me the most, and I went in wanting an SSRI. As it happens SSRIs treat everything I might have or am currently worried about having. Based on some reading I've been doing I decided I wanted Lexapro, and she gave me a sample pack to see how it works on me. I'll be coming in to her next week to let her know how it goes.

And I have regularly scheduled therapy tomorrow! Woo hoo, Crazy Week continues.

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emberleo
emberleo
Ember
Wed, Jul. 13th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)

*grins* You rock!

--Ember--


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mirgar
mirgar
Eric
Wed, Jul. 13th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)

I'm confused by your response but I'll assume you mean "Good for you for getting so much of this worked out".

In which case, thanks. If I made a list of "People who helped me more than I expected them to", you'd be number one. :)


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emberleo
emberleo
Ember
Wed, Jul. 13th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)

Oddly, that's not what I meant. I was actually being gleefully happy at the fact that you've done all the research neccessary to tell your doctor what kind of medicine you wanted to start with first. That's just cool.

--Ember--


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emberleo
emberleo
Ember
Wed, Jul. 13th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)

Oh, that and the bit about fighting off the urge to avoid meds on the grounds that depression will destroy your Self eventually too, so a medicated Self is better than no Self.

--Ember--


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mirgar
mirgar
Eric
Thu, Jul. 14th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)

Well, Lexapro was my choice based on a pretty small number of variables. It's been shown to be effective for both depression and anxiety, instead of just tested for depression and assumed to work on anxiety like a lot of SSRIs; it's got one of the lowest side effect profiles, and a pretty tame discontinuation syndrome; and even though it's pretty new (received FDA approval Aug. '02) it costs the same out of pocket as older drugs ($80-$90 a month).

For the next little while my journal is going to be "Listening to Lexapro", so you'll get to hear all about it. :)


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dingoatscritch
dingoatscritch
dingo@scritch.com
Wed, Jul. 13th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
U SO KAYZy

I win.


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dingoatscritch
dingoatscritch
dingo@scritch.com
Wed, Jul. 13th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
AGAIN

K?


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mirgar
mirgar
Eric
Wed, Jul. 13th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
Re: AGAIN

You win what, the "Eric is crazy and I knew it before he did" award?

*gives you a shiny penny*


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emberleo
emberleo
Ember
Wed, Jul. 13th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
Re: AGAIN

Doesn't he get two cents for that?

I'll give him my two cents...

--Ember--


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dingoatscritch
dingoatscritch
dingo@scritch.com
Thu, Jul. 14th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
!!!

The "Crazier Than U" award. :D

At least you don't hear voices in the morning. ;)


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caliblackwolf
caliblackwolf
caliblackwolf
Thu, Jul. 14th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)

*hugs you* it will get better hon. I know that it will.


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