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Originally posted by gloraelin Doctor visit today. What can I… 
3rd-Jul-2007 02:31 pm
Originally posted bygloraelin

Doctor visit today. What can I expect when I ask for anti-depressants? My therapist has a letter for me to give to my Dr. with my diagnosis and crap like that, so it's not just me going "Hi u giv meds plz", but what can I reasonably expect the reaction to be?

Will they look for one specific med, or will they try more than one? Is ... is there any kind of stigma associated with asking for help so I can stop this spiral I've been in? Will they try and "upsell" me to a specialist? Not the right word, I know, but it's the best I know. I already have a therapist and the only problem is that she can't prescribe meds.

I'm trying to tear this mask off and tell myself that asking for help isn't being weak it's being strong, but ... there's 22 years of "training"telling me that I'm failing for asking for help, that I'm not being strong, that I'm a horrible person, etc etc. Are there any tricks you all know to help with this?

3rd-Jul-2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
(Firstly, thankyou for making me giggle my ass off at "Hi u giv meds plz". I really needed it!)
I found it very difficult to deal with being on antidepressants at first, but combined with therapy it actually makes it alot easier. The only way I can describe it is like treating a sore wound with a little but of anesthetic. Gradually, it gives you that little bit more of a push to be able to go into these things, and just slightly takes the edge off whatever symptoms you have enough for you to explore them.
I felt the failure thing when the option was given to me, and I felt like I might turn into a Jekyll and Hyde type character, but neither of these things have happened. I didn't change, and I didn't feel like a failure. It takes time. It definitely took it for me.
Thankfully my first meds worked, but you may have to try different ones to find the one that's right for you. My doctor asked what my key symptoms were, and it just so happened that the same meds treated overlapping symptoms (of OCD, for example). That again may a little while, but the more information you give your doctor the better chance you have of getting something that will 'agree' with you first time.
Sorry about the rambling! Take care of yourself <3
3rd-Jul-2007 09:02 pm (UTC) - If you are going to an MD and asking for anti-depressants
It is likely that they will steer you to a psyciatrist. And that's a good thing actually although I am sure you don't want any more expense or delay. That might be what will happen. The medical word for upsell is refer. By the way... It actually sounds like you are doing pretty well, and asking for the right kind of help.. I hope that makes you feel better. While you are waiting for the pharmacy to get the script to fill, you can do things to help.. Try to avoid the HALT stuff (hungry, angry, lonely and tired)

I was raised with the same training. My mother gritted her teeth through depression after depression. And then applauded me for having the guts to get help...

What to expect. They might get it right the first time, with what they give you. They might not. You will just have to be patient. It takes at minimum a month to know. Make sure you ask the Doctor and the pharmacist about side effects. If I'd known then what I know now.. Some of the meds can have toxic effects and it's nice to know what to look for. You are probably only going to be doing this for a while and are not in such danger as those of us who are longer term medication needers.

Definately answer all their questions fully. It's a wonderful thing when they hit on the right meds for you. Yep doing the right thing definately. Oh and drink more water, the pills dehydrate you. The old pros carry water bottles everywhere.

Good luck

4th-Jul-2007 03:06 am (UTC)
I think it's great that you're reaching out for help. Just because you're asking for help when you need it doesn't mean that you've failed. It means that you are really serious about getting better and if that means trying meds then you'll do it. It's a good thing :)

Do be careful going to just a normal doctor. I had horrible experience with doctors prescribing meds.

*hugs* ♥
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