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Posted by: pali | 2004/02/04

any medication for depression

i am 26 weeks pregnant and feel depressed all the time. i cry at least once in a week. what kind of medication can i take to improve my mood? i really need to take something and because i feel so embarrassed for bursting into tears in front of my co-workers and my self esteem is also affected.

moreover, when we talk about other issuess Im fine but when they ask about the pregnancy i burst into tears. i suspect that they will organise a baby shower for me and my worst fear is that Im afraid that i will burst into tears during the event and end up looking like a fool.
how do i deal with my situation and why do i feel so sad and tearful all the time?

i have always been a sensitive person but now i think its worse. i also feel sad if i fail in life or do not reach my goals. my intention was to fall pregnant after marriage. now i feel sad for not achieving this goal and this seems like a major disastor.

during my depresssion i came to realise why people commit suicide. the only thing that stopped me is my fear for Jehova God and reading the bible. also i think life itself is exciting for one to end his/her life.

so please doctor help me by recommending the medication. i cant go to the shrink because my medical aid is exausted

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Dear pali,
It's not unusual for someone during pregnancy, especially an unplanned pregnancy, to get more easily upset than usual ( and you mention you were always rather sensitive ). Don't be too harsh on yourself for being emotional at this time --- and though I'm no expert on baby showers, I suspect they'd almost be disappointed if you didn't get a bit tearful.
But youmight well be developing a Depression which deserves treatment. If your medical aid won't stretch to seeing a psychiatrist ( if it's "exhausted" by February, I assume it doesn't run to calendar yeears ? ) then you can see a GP, who could asses the degree of your depression, and if he/she thinks it necessary, select one to suit you and the pregnancy. If that's not possible, you could arrange to be seen at a state / provincial clinic, explaining the urgency, for a consultation there and the prescription. I wouldn't recommend a specific drug for you at this stage, as the assessment would be important, and you would need to see a doctor for the prescription, anyway.

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