How Many PA Parents On Anti-Depressant/Anxiety Medication?

Posted on: Tue, 08/21/2001 - 12:15pm
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Another thread lost because of holier than thou's.

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Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2001 - 10:22am
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Count me in...for now anyway. I've been on an anti-anxiety/depression med for 3 mos and surprisingly am not hesistant to admit it. My daughter's first PA reaction was 4 mos ago and I was having a really difficult time with depression, panic attacks, and shear anxiety 24/7...unable to sleep, eat, think, work or basically take care of my family. Her diagnosis came on the heels of a miscarriage (2 mos prior) and I think I had some low-level anxiety even before that. I'm on a relatively low dose, and it's helped a great deal. I hope to get off of it eventually and consider that I'm using it to help me get through a bummer time. Who knows.
I guess I don't mind telling people (except for my VERY holistic friend) that I'm on it b/c it's really helped so much and we're all human. And acutally, I've found out that SO many people are on anti-depressant/anxiety meds (whether that's good or bad?). Initially I felt "weak" b/c I couldn't handle what life had thrown me, but I'm over that now and am doing what I have to do. We all handle things differently. I'm not advocating that everyone should be medicated...just that for now it's working for me.

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cindy, its threads like this that reasure me that its ok to be a little bit do lally!!
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Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2001 - 8:35pm
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I am not on anything currently because I'm pregnant but I spoke with my OB yesterday and as soon as I deliver, I will be on anxiety meds.

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 12:20am
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I took Prozac about 6yrs ago before the birth of my children. I took it for about a year, then I felt OK enough to stop.
I have been in therapy since my son was diagnosed with his PA/TNA etc,,,etc,,,
There are times when I feel like I need to go back on some kind of anti-anxiety medication,but I haven't done it yet.
One of the reasons are the side effects.
I have the feeling once Tom is old enough to be in school full time, I will most likely do it. But being a SAHM I don't have that added anxiety yet!!!

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 9:33am
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Cindy I think it is great that you posted this because it may help a lot of parents in need of someone to talk with. Being honest is such a major part of these boards.
I myself have such a supportive family that I am able to go through all the needed steps during and after an allergy attack.Therefore I have never needed medication or counciling. I Usually have an attack about one week after where I am sick and can barely move. I think because I don't have time at the ER to let myself show Chris how upset I am. After I am so busy counting my blessings and about one week after i am starting to think i am over the scare. That is when i will get the headache and tingling in my arms. The doctor said it is just like a stress attack that i get.
My mom and dad and my husband allow me to cry and hold on tight to Chris is I have to. The doctors have always given me a big squeeze to console me as well.
Please let me know how your families help in the scares. Take care Cindy claire

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 9:42am
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Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 10:50am
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Cindy, this is a really great thread.
I'm not on anything currently, but probably should be! Lately I've been feeling that between PA and other stuff my body is on red-alert 24/7. I'm starting to feel like I can't "come down" between episodes of major stress, and I'm overreacting to things that probably aren't really such a big deal. In addition, I've always been somewhat of a "glass half-empty" person, but lately I can't look at any situation without jumping all over the downside.
I briefly tried therapy last year, but hated the therapist my insurance would cover (the dreaded insurance issue is a whole thread in itself!). Perhaps once the kids get back to school, I'll try again. Uh-oh, just mentioning the start of school... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 12:30pm
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I can really identify with trying to find a decent therapist!!!
It took me several times before I found one that I was comfortable with. So hang in there!
That's also the reason we changed insurance. We used to have a HMO but now have a PPO. Yes it has been more expensive,but now at least we have a choice!!
I 'am a big believer in therapy. I think its a mark in anyones favor when you are wise enough to know that you really need help.
The only people that have a real phobia about getting therapy are usually the ones that NEED IT MOST!
This PA situation is indeed really hard for me to deal with. I hide it inside. From my children, my husband and my family. Even my closest friends will never fully understand how this changes everything in ones life. Yes, I do talk about it to some of them, but I have to be as strong as I can be, for my childrens sake.
Don't be mistaken, it's not like I tell everyone about my therapy, only the people I feel really know me and understand. God Bless

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 2:54pm
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Posted on: Fri, 08/24/2001 - 1:11am
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Cindy,,
Can I join the 40+ club? I'm 42.
That could be another thread starter.
"Does being an older mother make it that much harder to deal with PA children?".
My body just isn't what it was 10 yrs ago.
The energy level is not what it was either.
I know that this has affected my coping skills. Hope this isn't too off topic!
Thank you Cindy for your courage on bringing up this topic!
Erin

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TLSMOM,
Boy, I'm right there with you, right down to being 42.
All kidding aside, I wonder if being older and having that increased sense of mortality and how fragile life can be maximizes the stress level. I do feel that contributes to it for me.
Amy

Posted on: Fri, 08/24/2001 - 3:06am
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Posted on: Fri, 08/24/2001 - 6:54am
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Cindy, I need to tell you that the way you talk of your age makes me laugh. Let me tell you my Husbands aunt is just about 50 and has a little girl starting school and enjoys every minute of her. She has 3 older children in fact one in college and two going to graduate this year and next.
I would not mind starting a family at 40 it would help me to stay young.Try not to even think of what can go wrong and you will be fine. My grandmother is 84 and babysitting a little 3 year old. She is just as if she was in her 30's again.
I really don't think that your are to old to be raising kids. I also feel that with todays society the older you are raising them the better the children will make out. By now you should be aware of so much you can teach them.
Cindy you are just fine and take care claire

Posted on: Tue, 08/28/2001 - 3:39pm
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Cindy, for some reason Jesse's comment about the pretend father dying of a heart attack (and your response!) has left me cracking up!!! Truly, I have a huge smile on my face as I write this.
And yes, as you well know, I am on an anti-depressant/anti-anxiety medication, as well as something to help me sleep. It's been two months now and it is definitely helping A LOT! It's kind of funny (really NOT) that this morning I was wondering if my lack of axiety was making me too relaxed regarding the PA thing. Leah's first day of school was today, and I slept very well last night. I would normally have been up for the last 3 nights or so, and would have needed to keep a pencil and paper by the bed side to write down all of the things I needed to remember to tell the teacher and office staff about Leah's PA. So, none of that happened and I truly started to worry a bit that I may not being as vigilant as I should be. Well, then the s*** hit the fan, so to speak, when I found out that the noon duty supervisor who was supposed to be looking out for Leah decided that she really didn't want the responsibility, and isn't going to do it!!! What kind of B.S. is that, I ask?!?! Anyway, I was right in the office with our school's "resource specialist" and the district head of special needs services. The special needs guy had the audacity to suggest that if we couldn't hire someone then we may need to "isolate" Leah at lunch time. Well, let me tell you, my mother bear instincts came right out, and I let him know in no uncertain terms that I would not stand for that, and that they had better figure out how they were going to keep Leah safe with her sitting with her class. After that the flood gates opened and the tears wouldn't quit. So, I know I'm still a protective and careful mom! The good news is that the resource specialist really praised me. She said that I am doing a great job being Leah's advocate and that Leah is very lucky to have me. So, that helped. Anyway, sorry to get off topic, but Yes, the meds are helping me get through this! Miriam

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Posted on: Wed, 08/29/2001 - 6:26am
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Wow Cindy, good for you! You are the last one I would have expected to try the meds. I think you gave very sound reasons for deciding that this is the time. I bought the Rosie magazine myself, and after reading all the stories: I felt quite glad that I have already taken the medication "plunge". I hope the doctor explained that it can take several weeks to start feeling the effects. If the Paxill doesn't work, or has side effects that aren't good for you; remember that there are other medications out there. I am taking Celexa and finding it super helpful. It has really helped with my PMS symptoms, too. I'm sorry you don't have a psychiatrist or counselor to help you right now, but I'm glad you felt comfortable letting your physician know what's happening with you and asking for some help. Hugs, Miriam

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Hi again! I'm also taking Celexa and have been very happy with the results, although it took a few weeks to "kick in". I have had no serious side-affects, except that at times (usually mid-day when I take it in the am) I am pretty drowsy. But, maybe that has to do with keeping up with my toddler until her nap time? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I'm a lot less emotional, whereas usually I can cry at the drop of a hat and can think clearly again. I feel a lot more even emotionally. Celexa was recommended to me by a friend whose child also has life-threatening food allergies. Take good care!

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2002 - 5:10am
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Simply re-raising for old member revised input and new member input. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Cindy, thanks for re-raising this thread. The Celexa is still helping me a lot. It was interesting for me to read what I had written almost a year ago. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

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oops, double post
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At the time my wife got pregnant, I wasn't on anything, but now I take Welbutrin for Attention Deficit. I was on paxil for a while, for panic attacks, but those passed when I went on Welbutrin. I think because im focused and not so scattered now, im concentrating on life and family rather than panic and worry... My wife has never been on anything.. I know a few years ago, I would have been totally freaked about this PA in our 2 year old son.. but Im OK with it, and taking care of it..

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2002 - 1:01pm
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My update is now I'm using Zoloft. Have been for the last 6 months. It's really helped calm my anxieties and emotionalism.
I think it's helping cope with the stress that I'm going through right now with getting a 504 plan in place for when my PA/TNA son starts full-time kindergarten in the fall. Already meeting with some resistance.
I've found it to have made a big difference in my life.
Take Care Cindy!
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My update is now I'm using Zoloft. Have been for the last 6 months. It's really helped calm my anxieties and emotionalism.
I think it's helping me cope with the stress that I'm going through right now on getting a 504 plan in place for when my PA/TNA son starts full-time kindergarten in the fall. Just the thought of relative strangers being responsible for my precious son makes me crazy!!!!
I've found it to make a big difference in my life. In my coping skills.
Take Care Cindy!
TLSMOM

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Sorry,,,double post.
Time for bed!
Sweet Dreams!
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Posted on: Thu, 07/18/2002 - 6:16am
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Cindy, I have never been on any kind of medication for any reason except the common cold. I am a pretty good person at keeping a hold on my life and I am not sure of your situation but i have a wonderful understanding fun family. Any thing our family does is totally a childrens event and I am really never in any stressful situations. Other than the normal stuff us PA parents go through and mothers of daughters have to deal with. My daughter is trying me these days but i shall not give into her little bits of temper.
Christopher does tell me i need a doctor when I am worring about him.
I think the clue is to keep myself away from the kind of people that will let me get upset. I will not allow myself time with the girls that go bar hopping and the ones in marital stress. I have my DH and my children and the friends I do have are just so into their kids that our lives are just fun.
Road running my kids is actually the most important thing in my life. My husband and his happiness are the only things i care about.
Maybe my family totally understanding my wants and needs with my kids has helped me to remain medication free.
Cindy i wish you the best of luck. Claire

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Thank you indeed for raising this thread.
I think it may explain a lot.

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I think a supportive spouse and family network is wonderful and could be very helpful when dealing with stress. For myself, however, I think the depression and anxiety I have experienced goes deeper than just not getting the support I need. I am actually coping so much better now that I do not feel lacking in emotional support. However, before the meds I could have shouted from the roof top about what an unsupportive husband I had. So, he hasn't changed but I have. I think that in a lot of cases, including my own, there is some type of genetic component to depression/anxiety. My father has a lot of personality issues that I think could be helped by anti-depressants. I think I inherited some stuff from him. My daughter has a lot of the same traits that my father and I both have: very moody and becomes easily irritable, for example. We also all have insomnia problems. There is definitely a brain chemistry thing going on with the way anti-depressants work. Thank goodness most people don't need them. But for those of us that do: I am so thankful to live in a time and place where I can get the help I need in such an easy way.
Also, Cindy, I can't remember if you have tried a higher dose of the Paxil. I started the Celexa at 20 mg. per day, and had to go up to 40 (after trying 30 in between) before it was truly working the way it should. I felt bad about it at first until I realized that there was no reason to take something if it wasn't the right dose to help me.
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Oh great: I would have had to post at the same time as Nutster! Argh! I don't know what you meant by "I think it may explain a lot". To me it means that some of us have issues with anxiety/depression to begin with. Throw in a kid with a life threatening health condition that is little understood by society at large, and it's enough to practically send some of us over the edge!!!
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Posted on: Fri, 07/19/2002 - 6:29am
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Hi Cindy, perhaps Nutster did mean something "good" with his post. However, since he has shown so little tolerance for any sort of "weakness" in his other posts, I was assuming that he doesn't have much empathy for those of us dealing with mental health problems. Nutster: if I misunderstood you I apologize.
Cindy, I totally understand that upping the dose of your Paxil is not an option you want to take. I know you are dealing with a lot of stuff that "little pink pills" won't change. I do hope, though, that as you said - if anyone else is trying to get help from anti-depressants that they make sure they are taking the correct dose.
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Posted on: Fri, 07/19/2002 - 9:59pm
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If you read the other posts from Nutster, you'll see that he is terribly sarcastic. Nothing good is meant by any of his posts.

Posted on: Fri, 07/19/2002 - 11:04pm
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I am going off of Celxra. We will see. When I starting taking it a few months ago my stress level was so high worrying about all three of my kids. Then when my 'heart healthy' son was found to have a heart murmur, I just about lost it. I did not sleep from one doctor's appointment to another. There were ten days inbetween. Now I am trying to listen to my body and take care of myself more. I have signed up for respite care for my pa dd, if we can get it I know it will help. As for family support, my mom would say she supoports me but she just does what she wants or thinks I need. No support there. As for the rest of the family, forget it. They don't have the time or the interest. I am blessed with friends. I had a email eariler this week from a friend asking about dd and then when she found out about me looking into respite care, offering to help. In anyway she can. Family doesn't always mean by blood sometimes family is through the heart.
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I just read this thread and it really hits home. I started taking Paxil when DD was really struggling with asthma, before we even knew about her egg, PA/TNA allergies. (We had a number of ER visits, and many sleepless nights before asthma was under control) After just going through a PA reaction on vacation (see my post under Reactions/Stories), I am so anxious and distraught. I would never judge a parent of a severely allergic child for being on meds. This is such an unbelievably tough way of life, and I think anxiety meds were created for people like us -- who really need them, and can use them to have as normal as life as possible!! Also, I suspect they help me stay calm in crisis situations. Not needing them is fine too, of course!

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Hello,
I am new to this discussion group. I have been taking anti-depressant medication since the birth of my second child. I have tried several times to 'go off' the meds but haven't had much success. Has anyone tried St. John's Wart? I spoke to my pharmacist about it today and she said that it has recently received a great deal of controversy. I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks.
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That was me! I did not have any withdrawal. I did not take it very long, just a few months. I 'played' with the dose before I quit taking Clexa. That is I cut down slowly. I have not had any problems since. I have been down in the dumps a little bit, but I think it is just a life thing. I do notice if my HRT gets off I have trouble. I have no idea if I will stay off or if I may go back on Clexa or something else. If I need anything I will take something. Life is to be enjoyed.
Connielynn

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hi Cindy. I was taking Celeza 20mg, 'once a day', sometimes I would take it three times a week, sometimes less, at times more. I just looked at the bottle and I have a few more left. Maybe I will save them for the bad days? I doubt it.
I agree with you about therapy. I have changed my life a lot lately. My family is not happy at times and I know my mother is not! It is too easy for us women to be used a rugs.
Connielynn

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Posted on: Fri, 08/02/2002 - 11:13pm
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Connielynn, I don't think saving the celexa for the bad days will work. My understanding is that it is the type of medication that needs to be taken daily to be effective. I know it took me four weeks of daily usage before I truly began to get the benefits from it. I don't think it's an "as needed" type of medication. I am very glad to know that you are doing better without the meds; that's great. I'm at a point where I can't even begin to imagine going off - I've had a few "bad" days even while on the meds, and I just can't stand the thought of going through the depression again. That's how I know I really need it, I guess.
Cindy, I think if you want to go off the paxil (which you obviously do) you would be very safe cutting down to 1/2 a pill for a week, then a 1/4 pill for a week, then nothing. I may be totally wrong, however. Can you put a phone call in to your doctor and let him know it's not helping and you want to go off and see what he reccomends?
Take care, everyone. Miriam

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Sorry to confuse you. I was joking when I said I was saving the meds for bad days!
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Connielynn, I'm sorry I didn't realize you were joking! Sometimes I tend to take things too seriously. (Couldn't have anything to do with my other issues, now, could it?! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]) Miriam

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I haven't posted here, or even read threads here, in a very long time. When I'm down though someone usually has something posted about what I'm feeling.
I'm not going to go into all my woes etc, but I just decided to take birth control pills to hopefully regulate the PMS depression I was obviously having every month. Anyway, was starting to feel slightly better when I went to this birthday party today and just about cracked. I don't know how I made it through the rest of the day. Thing is my friend offered to accommodate my children with food, although I told her not to bother. She insisted. All the food was fine. There were things they couldn't eat, but that was okay. She insisted on having ice cream cake. My daughter is 3-1/2 now, and very much wants what everyone else is having. I said, oh, then I better bring something for her. She asked me and told me she would buy some Ben & Jerry's (only one I'm personally comfortable with) for her. Well, she didn't. My daughter who seems to be used this was relatively fine.
Of course this was not the only thing on my mind. There are of course many other things going on in my life. But if I could just make people, especially close friends, see the stress level of going to a party such as this on a regular basis, then maybe it would be okay. My point is I said I would take care of it. I'm assuming her theory is she had jello for my son and my daughter. But, I would have taken care of it.
Anyway, I always feel like a big cry baby when I write here. And, I always stay up too late, and my daughter has no way near the reactions that some people's children have had here. I went downstairs and punched our punching bag. I really feel like I needed medication or a therapist or ANYthing quite frankly. Sorry, just needed to vent, and add that maybe the PA will be kicker for me.

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Cindy,
Thank you. I probably will contact you off the board, but I guess I just wanted to clarify a little. What I meant by the kicker for me was more along the lines that maybe the additional stress of PA along with other things might be the reason I should consider some type of medication. However, I have to give the birth control pills more than a week!
But, I also prefaced my statements last night because I know that there are a lot of people out there now who regularly come into this sight and think they're funny and we are a bunch of whackos. I don't really care what they think, but, like my friend, figured this birthday thing should be no big deal. The problem is when you're talking about a 3yr, 7yr, 10yr even 12yr or 15yr old then it sort of becomes a big deal, especially when you deal with day after day. It's like people think you are making it up or something. I ate peanut butter like a fiend my enter life before my daughter's first incident and even some times after that. It's not like I wanted to or planned to give it up. Now, of course, it makes me sick. These are children. Certainly people, or at least other parents, who don't believe in it can respect that we are just trying to protect them. It doesn't work that way, and you can only hope this makes them stronger as a result.
Well, now I've tolded veered your post of course. Sorry.

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PS I also wanted to add last night that the long sessions of sleep you spoke of could also be from staying up too late. It's a vicious cycle you know -- you stay up to catch up, feel better about that, but eventually it exhausts you more and slows you down. The other thing is exercise is supposed to help depression.
Also, I think what I was trying to say above is just what you said earlier in the post that everyone has things in their life, but add a life threatening allergy on top of that.
There, now it's back on course.

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