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19 Jan 2004

Severly depressed
I am a 51 yrs old woman.
6yrs ago we moved from JHB to CT. My children have since left the nest. All my roots are living in JHB.
I have also been through two major traumatic experiences.
Breast Cancer (stage1)
Wrong diagnoses of a brain tumour. It turned out that after a number of CT scans and MRI's it is a blood clot.
I just cant seem to accept the fact that i am on my own now.
I knew it was going to happen one day.
The children do visit occasionally. I cant expect them to live on my doorstep, but i do miss them terribly.
I wake up depressed, i go to sleep depressed. I cry for the least thing.
How safe are anti depressants?
Please reply soonest

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01 Jan 0001

Dear margo,
Once again munchie seems to have a vry highly biased and ill-informed view of antidepressants, which he/she seems over-eager to push onto everyone else. Don't acept munchie's highly biased and ill-informed point of view, which is based entirely on prejudice and not on good evidence.
Antidepressants can be very safe ( compared to almost any other drugs one might take for any other medical reason ) --- but you need to see a good local psychiatrist for a proper assessment to be sure whether you need them, and to supervise their use. When they are indicated ( as your shrink should be able to asses ) they can be enormously helpful, a lolly and cassie testify.
They might not be needed, because it sounds as if at least a large part of tour depression is related to the "Empty Nest Syndrome", and to finding yourself redundant from your almost lifelong job as Mother, and with empty time on your hands for which you haven't yet found good and satisfying use. Counselling could help a good deal, to sort out these feelings, and to explore new roles and finctions in life. You could be a dynamite contributor to so many societies and clubs, social activities, charities and other good works, you could become busier and even more productive than before. It sounds as if you've done a terrific job as a mother, and can now move on to other terrific and satisfying jobs.

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