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I'm halfway through chemo and as much as I try to stay positive but I'm depressed. Anyone else feel like this? Thinking about asking for an anti depressant, but nervous... Any thoughts?

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Stage 2A Patient over 7 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Julie, When I was going through chemo I became horribly depressed. It turns out it was due to one of the additives in my "recipe". PLEASE tell your team ASAP. You might be having trouble with a steroid that is used often in your treatment. Hang in there, you can get help for this and they can remove it from your recipe if that might be the cause. Hugs to you, take care, Sharon
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  • Jk Joyce Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I take Celexa, which is a non habit forming anti depressant. It helped me soooo much. Good luck!
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  • Lisa Taylor Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I take Effexor , make it easy on yourself! It can be a bit overwhelming !
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  • Kim Stewart Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Wasn't depressed during chemo but am very depressed now. It's been almost 2 years since my last chemo.
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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Sigh... Why? I mean is it residual from treatment or fear of it coming back or...!

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    • Kim Stewart Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm not sure have a lot of anger built up. Most my fault during treatment I would hide being sick from my husband and step kids. Made sure cleaning got done and dinner was ready for them every night. My mother was never around would go to my...

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      I'm not sure have a lot of anger built up. Most my fault during treatment I would hide being sick from my husband and step kids. Made sure cleaning got done and dinner was ready for them every night. My mother was never around would go to my sisters house 5 min done the road but only stopped by to check on me 3 times in a year. I mean I know I can't change anything but feel like I had nobody by my side but one of my sisters. I went to all of my doc appt and all but maybe 3 of my treatments by myself. Now my body hurts every day but still gotta work and get back to living. Doesnt help since treatment I've had a heart attack and a lot of other things happen to me. And it wad all before I turned 30 thank you for being here and caring

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Wow you've been through a lot! I'm having some of the same feelings of being alone and unsupported. Do you have anyone you can talk to? Maybe a support group or a counselor?

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    • Kim Stewart Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Don't feel that I can talk to anyone

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Anyone who reads this please IM if u feel alone. Ppl always say I help them when we r done talking, but I know it's not me ...it's my God in me. Please don't feel alone. I'm doing chemo now and we can make it. norma_mares@yahoo.com.

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  • shari lind Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Citalopram/celexa worked wonders for me!
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Wasn't depressed during treatment but have been on the Femara. Was about to get something from my doctors until my son passed away; got a 10 day script of xanex for severe anxiety but will get something less habit forming when I've put this grief behind me. You're normal so don't be bashful. Hugs :-D JO
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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I am sorry about your son Jo... I've been thinking about you since I saw your initial post. It puts things in a different perspective.

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    • Traciann brundage Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hope you are doing ok we are all praying

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      The greif comes in waves but it I know it will ease with time.

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      My friend who takes femara takes Effexor ... Says it helps with depression and side effects from femara... Might ask you dr about it. You are in our thoughts and prayers Jo! Best regards, Julie

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  • blair greiner Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I am on lexapro and have Ativan for surgery and procedure days
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  • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    I take citalopram. Couldn't manage without it. Consult with you treatment team ASAP. Good luck.
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  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Thanks everyone! Had chemo today and met with onc and he gave me a script. Hope it helps!
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  • janet levy Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since
    Definitely ask for an anti- depressant. I am constantly asked by my medical support people if I need meds but I am fortunate that I don't at this time.
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  • laura  bailey Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Anti depressants are very helpful, don't hesitate to ask for them.
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  • Traciann brundage Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    My doctor put me on lexapro
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  • sandra hayley Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Good luck julie! It's hard..hope you get through it ok
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