The therapy is hard going and covering issues that I have kept hidden for 40 years. I am scared to continue with it because of the feelings and emotions that it has resurrected ... I don't want it to knock me back into another major depression and I know that's a risk.
How long does it take to get the medication right? A psychiatrist changed all my meds at the beginning of August and it feels as though they keep being changed. I know it's important to get the dosage right but, meanwhile, I don't feel very well and I feel really unstable!
I was surprised when I was taken off anti-depressants completely, as I have been on them for 17 years! If I am off the anti-depressants and I get depressed again, should the mood stabiliser be sufficient to keep me balanced?
I feel like I am going out of my mind. Please help.
your psychiatrist is only able to give you clear answers on this as he knows your medical history. I would suggest you booked an appointment with him and discuss further your concerns. write down a list of questions and make sure you understand what his thinking is behind the medication he is subscribing.
Now, the way you feel, I did suspect it was due to the therapy as I said earlier. Although it may seem hard for you to understand, what you are experiencing is a good thing because this shows that your therapy is working. If you were not to go through this phase this would mean that you would be very resistant and avoid any hard issues. The fact that the therapy gives you the opportunity and the motivation to address these issues, means that you use the therapy the best way possible. It will take time to see the real benefit. You need to express all these concerns to your therapist, speak openly to him/her and don;t be afraid to express any anxious feelings no matter how bad they may seem. When you will start to form a strong therapeutic relationship then you will start feeling truly supported and contained. This is how therapy works. And you doing very well. Just focus in this and tell your therapist all your fears and concerns. This is the only way to recovery. At the same time, it may benefit you to see your Psychiatrist again and discuss the medication. However, bare in mind that is the therapy and what is going on in there that has his effect on you. So by continuing and persevering with it, is the best way forward for you.
All the best
I have spoken to a CPN again today and, after speaking to a psychiatrist, they have advised me to take Lorazapam to help with the agitation and Zolpidem to help me sleep. This, they feel, is necessary as I haven't slept in nearly 48 hours!
I have an appointment to see the psychiatrist on 1st December and my CPN is visiting me on Thursday.
Thanks for the reassurance regarding the counselling. I was worried that something was wrong as the feelings and emotions were so real ... so much like those I experienced as a child. I have my next session Wednesday so that is now my number one focus.
I will now click on accept answer. Thank you.