I'm a little nervous about going to my doctor today. I feel like it's a report card and I don't know how I'm doing. I went through the DSM-IV symptoms of depression with my therapist yesterday and figured out that I still have 8 out of 9 symptoms of depression. But they don't feel as bad as they did. So that's something. I guess I didn't realize I'm still exhibiting most of the symptoms because I do feel different. Anyway, all I can do is be honest with the doctor and see what he says. I guess after the last bout of getting on to Cymbalta and the horrible side effects, I don't want to have to switch meds again... but if the Cymbalta isn't working to its full capacity, I'm not sure what he'll do. I guess I'll just have to see how it goes.
My therapist did say she saw that I had more energy this week than last and last week had more than the week before that. So she sees improvement despite the fact that she also sees I'm still struggling with the symptoms of major depression.
I feel like I'm in an invisible holding cell. I can see what is happening around me, but can't always interact and most often don't even want to. When this happens, I start to feel badly / guilty about just watching my life go by. Shouldn't I be doing something/fighting harder? I just don't know what to do or how to fight harder. There are things I know I need to do, but I can barely do the things I used to like to do...so I feel like I'm just waiting and hoping.

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sharaninmd
sharaninmd

Don\'t be so hard on yourself. It\'s best to take one step at a time. Each day I pray for patience and strength to cope with my depression and other medical problems. I find that it helps me to get througth the tough times. It sounds like you are improving. Allow yourself the healing time you need and try to think positive. When I was first diagnosed with depression, I found myself asking the doctor how long it would take to feel better. I soon learned that you can\'t put a time on how long it will take. The fact that you are seeking help through your doctor and therapist indicates that you are doing all you can to get better.

I hope your appointment went better today.