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Mental Health Update

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By marybabysteps · February 21, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Not long ago, I wrote about my struggle with depression, anxiety and adult ADD. I receive so much encouragement and support from my friends in real life and online. I'm still truly oerwhelmed and want to thank everyone for their kind words. You gave me strength and hope at a time when I needed them most. 

So Fortunate for Good Insurance

Because I had so many support me, I wanted to take some time and give a little update on my progress since going to the doctor about a week and a half ago. What a relief it is to once again have health insurance. And really decent insurance, at that. At first, my physician didn't think I would be able to obtain medication for my ADD, as most of those meds are stimulants. Many stimulants are not covered by subpar insurance companies. When he found out that I was covered by Highmark, he was more willing to prescribe me something. 

Advocating for Myself

However, it wasn't easy to get him to give in, as it was his first instinct to want to prescribe me an antidepressant only. He wanted to see how things would work out for me once I started feeling emotionally better. However, I know myself. I know that the depression and anxiety stemmed mostly from the feelings associated with the constant overwhelmed and scattered state my attention deficit disorder left me in. So I stood my ground and presented my case. 

My doctor knows that I've done my research, and he trusts me to know myself and my needs. So he gave me a prescription for Vyvanse, a stimulant for the treatment of ADD, and Effexor, for anxiety and depression. I was very excited to have the medicines I knew would help me on the road to mental well being. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to be your own best advocate when it comes to your healthcare. Go to your doctor armed with research on your symptoms and don't hesitate to speak your mind and lay out yuor case. If your doctor doesn't listen to you or take you seriously, seek another opinion. I love my physician. I was so lucky when I walked in his office seven years ago. From the very beginning, he listened to me and gave me the credit of knowing what's best for me. 

How I'm Feeling

I began to feel the effects of the medicines within a couple days. My husband thinks that might be all in my head, but I know that I've always responed quickly to medication. About four days after beginning my new regimen, I began to feel on edge and despondent again. I started to worry until I realized that it was the dreaded PMS. After speaking with a friend, I learned that she had success by supplementing her medication routine with another anti-depressant during this time of wacky hormones. I will talk to my doctor about this at my next appointment because it was a very discouraging feeling to go from optimism straight back to the depths of despair. 

Fortunately, within a couple days, I started feeling up again. Not perfect, but better. I'm going to monitor my progress for the next week and a half until I go back for my follow up appointment. I may ask about increasing my dosage of Vyvanse because the initial dose was quite small. Overall, I am feeling better. I have more energy, my head is clearer and I am not as anxious about the daily tasks that confront me. What a relief it is to know that I am on the road to feeling better each and every day. 

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