I have been on/off sertraline since an episode of depression apprx 7yrs ago.Sometimes I have decided to wean myself off them without medical advise ! as I always feel the longer I am on them the more detached from living I feel .Last April with gp support stopped as felt with mindfulness and exercise I could be ok.I thought I was but on 3rd Feb this year experienced terrible anxiety due to stressful situation and got betablockers.Gp asked if I recognised that this was depression which floored me because I yelled I'm too bloody motivated to be depressed !!! Started betablocker (bisoprolol) and wallop crashed needing help over 6wks just to function again which is when I quickly went from 50 to 100mgs 11 weeks ago.
Did u get my reply to above
I would not say anxiety is my primary problem , my brain feeling wired most of the time is !!!! Counsellor said on tues I was in crisis and I did manage to spk to gp who reduced the sertraline to 50mgs and gave me 2.5mgs diazepam to have upto tds. I took 1 tues night and yes'day morning and haven't felt I needed anymore since.The apt today was pre-arranged I just felt I was going as mad as a box of frogs !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really can't understand why referral to a psychiatrist seems such a big deal when I've been living with depression for over 30yrs
I just need to know if it is reasonable to keep trying to get gp to refer me to either a cpn or psychiatrist as now Bipolar has been mentioned by 2 diferent health professionals and that's another story re my symptoms i'll keep plugging away.You have to be as strong as an ox to feel listened to at a time when you are at your most vulnerable.