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Old Apr 22nd, 2017, 22:10 PM   1
LAR83
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Depression and Trying to Conceive


While TTC is a stressful, frustrating process... especially when TTC becomes LTTTC... my depression isn't a result of the frustrations with trying to conceive. I am sure it doesn't help, but I guess what I am trying to say is that I have suffered with depression for far longer than I have been trying to conceive. One factor that probably is contributing to the depression is that I have reduced my medication regimen greatly due to TTC. I am still on a low dose of an antidepressant, but I was previously on a high dose of the same medication, plus a couple others. My depression seems to be getting a lot worse the last couple of weeks. I really need some support, and I found this forum helpful for support with TTC, so I am thinking of maybe looking for an online forum for people who suffer from depression. Wondering if anyone else uses one and has any recommendations? Or anyone else with similar struggles want to share?



 
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Old Apr 22nd, 2017, 22:18 PM   2
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I do. Have you talked to your doctor about your doses? We should PM, I have a lotta history with meds & TTC.



 
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Old Apr 22nd, 2017, 22:29 PM   3
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Hi Marge. Thanks for responding. I am seeing a psychiatrist who specializes in prescribing meds for women who are pregnant and TTC. My next appointment with her is on Monday, but I am not sure yet how I am going to handle it because I am very reluctant to increase my medication while TTC.



 
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Old Apr 22nd, 2017, 23:23 PM   4
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Feelings of depression and TTC at the same time is mixture for a heart break. ..some meds only make one more depressed. If you don't have to increase then don't. A few things that may help you relax is chamomile tea. Nice warm long baths, opening up the window to let fresh air in. Listening to happy music & taking intermittent naps. If you can relax ur mind a little, you will relax ur body while TTC. I too was on Clomid and Metformin having PCOS & on BC all my life bcuz of it. It took my body to adjust & became prego between the 4th & 5th month of taking the meds to become prego. I hope this motivates you a little. I'll have you in my prayer list. Xoxoxo



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Old Apr 23rd, 2017, 11:51 AM   5
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Hi Selinet, thanks for the feedback. I will definitely only increase the meds if I really, really need to. It would be a last resort, because truth is I don't want to be on them at all while TTC, but I have tried that route several times and it keeps ending up in disaster. I like some of your suggestions, like the tea, music, baths, and open windows. The only one I have to try to stay away from is the naps, because I can't seem to get myself out of bed on the weekends, and if I actually succeed in getting myself out, I need to stay out for as long as possible, so as not to become more depressed. Thanks for your prayers and positive thoughts



 
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Old Apr 23rd, 2017, 13:10 PM   6
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LAR you are so welcome. Know you are not alone. I do understand about staying out of bed it's almost like comfort sleep all day if possible. So, I would ask HB to buy your fav candles get some $5/$10 flowers from ShopRite they last pretty long. I like those 🌼🌸not the roses, those don't last long enough 😊. In order to change a little bit the environment in the house. Anything positive will trigger your mindset to push you to get up and stay up. Have HB buy you some fresh strawberries fresh mangos, fruits that you like to eat make you a nice breakfast fruit salad to get you up and going. I am speaking by experience with friends families and myself trust me every little bit does take you one step forward. Hugs



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Old Apr 24th, 2017, 18:10 PM   7
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Those are good ideas! I did recently buy a mini cactus with purple flowers on it. I think it is really cute, and I would like to buy more plants for my apartment. I also love the fruit salad idea. Fruit salad is sooo good, and it would be a nice way to wake up and get my ass outa bed on a Saturday. I agree that the little stuff can make a difference, but it's easy to forget that, so thanks for the reminder.



 
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Old Apr 24th, 2017, 18:38 PM   8
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Lar I too suffer from depression. I went off my meds in November. Mine served double duty for my fibromyalgia and helped with depression (though that could have been better). My depression spirals out of control in the winter especially unmedicated and then sort of evens out to more manageable levels, but it is only getting worse right now.

I am so sorry you are going through this and i hope your appointment went well today.



 
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Old Apr 24th, 2017, 18:57 PM   9
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Thanks Nuthatch. It is good to know I am not alone, but I am sorry that you suffer too. How come you think yours is getting worse? Bc you came off the meds?

My appointment went well enough. I was honest with her about how I am struggling, but didn't adjust the meds. I keep thinking I can fight this thing with little to no medication, but I keep being proven wrong.



 
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Old Apr 25th, 2017, 19:12 PM   10
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LAR by you saying OL (out loud) that you think you can fight this thing w/little to no medication you already are. You ladies are stronger than you know. If you wake up every day to fight, than you are that much stronger than many who don't have to. Thinking positive makes you do positive things. In doing so you are looking towards a better tomorrow. Life is going to bring all sorts of things. It's up to us how & what we do with it. At the end of the day you ladies have overcome more than you ever thought you could or would. That alone counts for alot
Plants are an awesome thing to have at home. Good idea! Xoxo



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