They Stopped My Antidepressant

My Veteran's Administrations doctors have made me get off the antidepressants due to my liver function. The problem is I'm not a good person to be around when off the meds. They help me function.

They took my antidepressants away.

The VA psychiatrist who prescribed the antidepressant left the VA and the psychologist now works in a different area. So I have to meet a new shrink and psych. The ones I had just recently earned my trust. And my appointment with my new shrink isn't until July 23rd. And I haven't been assigned a new psychologist yet.

And they took my antidepressants away.

What do I do. That drug was the only thing keeping me on some kind of an even keel. Amazingly, the VA doesn't know what diagnosis they should give me, but the antidepressant controlled my extreme and amazingly fast mood swings.

And they took my antidepressants away.

My family had to deal with med free Michele today. I can't stop crying at the drop of a hat. My husband was afraid I would yell at him if he comforted me, but I was desperate to be comforted. I have been snapping at people all day long and didn't realize what I was doing most of the day. I broke down bawling 4 times today.

And they took my antidepressants away.

I'm the person who takes care of everything in this family. My husband can't drive due to seizures, my step son can't drive cause his license was suspended due to back child support (he couldn't find a job to pay the child support so they suspend his license). My nephew is my ward. He is underdeveloped, was abused by my brother (who I sent to prison), and who can't live with his father cause his father kicked him out of the house.

And they took my antidepressants away.

My brother lived with my mom who is disabled. So now I have to come over to her house and help her, try to get her a house mate (rent her room out), and fix the lack of cell phone service in her home. If we don't rent the room before December, when she looses some of her monthly income, she will lose her home and have to go into assisted living which will screw with her confidence and will require her to give up her two dogs. One of which is an assistance dog.

And they took my antidepressants away.

I'm also dizzy, I think because of a sinus infection, but have to wait to see the doctor Monday.

And they took my antidepressants away.

HOW DO I CONTROL THESE RADICAL MOOD SWINGS. ONE DOCTOR DIAGNOSED ME WITH PTSD, BUT THE OTHERS DON'T AGREE BECAUSE CYMBALTA CONTROLS MY BEHAVIOR. BUT THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT I HAVE. BUT THEY CAN'T SEE ME UNTIL JULY. BUT MY GENERAL DOCTOR MADE ME GET OFF THE MEDS. BUT I HAVE NO CONTROL AND DON'T REALIZE I'M BEING VERBALLY ABUSIVE. BUT I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE BECAUSE THEY;RE ALLD EPENDING OF ME. BUT...

double post honey....lets see what others can add to help you thru now and your next doc visit at the va

Mas,
If there is a vet center close by, make an app't with a counselor.Counseling can help and many counselors (thru advocating for their vet clients) can make things happen. They are usually on good terms with the patient advocate at the clinic and can expedite needy cases, such as yours.
Should have weened you off of them rather than stopped them!!
Sorry about your situation. I know what you are going thru with being the designated leader in the family, only to know how fragile we truely are. Alot of pressure to say the least! But it sounds like you have an understanding family so take time for you now. Sometimes crying is good-- many times it can clear the mind temporarily and let you see things clearer.
When assigned a new Psych., get him/her to diagnose you with PTSD, anxiety disorder, severe depression,...or whatever his findings are and file a claim to the VA if this condition originated while in service.
You are your #1 priority now. Take time for you!! Be praying for you. If I can direct you in filing a claim ( if you qualify) let me know. You served this country (thankyou for that) now it may be time for this country to serve you.
thankyou, Chillyb( a combat vet)

Thanks, Chillyb

Thank you for your service.

July is the next appoinment the counselor had available. The VA doesn't have anywhere near enough doctors for the amount of patients. The only way I could get in for emergency counseling is to say I want to hurt myself, but then, they'll lock me up.

I will insist they diagnose me, though. The shrink before this last one had diagnosed me with high functioning manic depression which, when I look it up, sounds right, but the other shrinks said I wasn't.

And I already am a disabled vet, because of my lungs, hypothyroidism and depression among other things. lol They have me as 250% disabled. Too bad they don't pay me for 250%, that would be cool.

My family HAS to allow me to recuperate now, since I have such a severe sinus infection, I'm dizzy. Even sitting makes me dizzy. But I still had to fulfill my responsibilities as guardian, wife and mom over the weekend which had me falling apart since there are 2 separate set of rules in families. One for men and one for women. You would think I would be used to it by now.

Thanks for your encouragement and advise, both of you. I will take it to heart, and certainly push the diagnosis.

P.S. What do you mean by double post?

"P.S. What do you mean by double post?"
You probably have a slow connection to this site and (as I do sometimes) hit the "post" button more than once, thus you end up with twin posts on the board. One was deleted.
Anyway, you will make the app't. It will come. One shrink's diagnosis should be sufficient. Make him/her stick to it. (nothing like the VA socialized medicine) What I mean there is they are all on salary. they don't need to be patient friendly because with very few exceptions, they really don't care if you set up a return app't--plenty of patients to fill your spot. So you must fight them and if you need help, the patient advocate is located in the same building. YOU are priority #1. If in the end they fail to see it-- get your congressman involved. They rely on votes from veterans- go after 'em, sis!!
Chillyb

Thanks for the support. There should be a VA support group, to help people deal with the VA. Every time someone says they want socialized medicine or Obama care, I tell them to go sit with a vet at the VA.

I will demand a diagnosis. You would think I would be used to demanding basic information and care form the VA considering I've been fighting them, for my husband, for the last 12 years. Guess I forgot to fight for myself.

Thanks
maschneck

Mas,
And while you are at it, Check out " in home care" (or something like that) You definitely qualify as far as %'s go. It may need a Dr's orders (but so what-- you are deserving, right ?) If it could happen, the VA will send help for you to assist in laundry, cooking, etc.. Give you some free time to take care of you.
There was alot of desparation written in your lead post. Help yourself to not go there again.
Chillyb ( always remember the words; Patient advocate:)