My husband and I suspect that I may be suffering from depression. I will be seeing my doctor on Monday to discuss it.
I am scared. I am not against medication but very weary to start down this path. Do any of you have experience or advice you could share?
Don't be scared. The anti-depressant, anti-anxiety (they are related) meds are very safe and have been around for decades. Stick with the generics, not the latest new expensive brand name ones that just came out for which doctor has free samples and that you see on TV.
They take time to take effect. You will not feel the effects on Tuesday.
You must NOT stop taking the meds without first consulting your doctor. For some you will need to slowly reduce before stopping. This is important. But do not fear starting the meds. You can safely get off them if you want, just do it the RIGHT way.
Most important, some meds will affect your libido or desire to have sex. Discuss this with your doctor.
Even more important than sex (yes, more important) is to make sure you discuss any other health symptoms with the doctor for two reasons. 1) Your mood may be the result of an underlying unknown health issue. 2) Certain ailments, like liver or kidney disease, prohibit you from taking certain ant-depressants. Your doctor needs to know your full health story. Hopefully you had a recent full physical and bloodwork.
The meds correct a chemical imbalance. If you are truly depressed, the meds can make you feel better. Much better.
The meds are generally safe, but keep track of any side effects and tell your doctor. This is very rare though.
Discuss starting with a lower dosage at first, give that a try and if not up the dosage. Review that with your doctor. NEVER take more or more often than you doctor recommended and knows about. If you start taking more than the prescription was written for, your will need to get a new prescription from your doctor or your insurance (if you have) may not cover.
For example, if you take one pill per day and get a Rx for 30 pills, you will have a one month supply. If you then take 2 a day per your doctor, you will run out after 15 days and the insurance won't refill yet. A new Rx from the doctor with the correct dosage will be needed.
Another thing to discuss is that the pills come in various strengths. For example, a 50 mg pill and a 100 mg pill. To you they look the same, same size, but the 100 mg will have more the active ingredient in it. It might be less expensive, if you do not have insurance, to have the doctor prescribe the 100 mg pill that you can cut in half, if you are willing to do it.
Bottom line, discuss your dosage with doctor, what to do if he/she changes the dosage after a few weeks, and if you have insurance or not. Many drug stores like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart sell the anti-D generics for as low as $4 for 30 days or $10 for 90 days.
Good luck. You are taking the right steps.
ETA: I just read the first three posts in your other thread. I did not read all 180 posts. If your "depression" is related to your lack of attraction to H, these meds might not help you. Again if this problem is related to sex with husband, Anti-D can definitely affect the sex drive. Discuss this with doctor. And I would suggest having your H accompany you on your visit to the doctor. This is a JOINT problem since IMO he is probably contributing to the problem. It is not just all you. If H thinks that you will just get a pill and all your and HIS problems will go away, that isn't the way it works.