Depressed in maryland
I retired from teaching, after 32 years, three years ago this year and have been dealing with depression from retirement. I was always a healthy vibrant person. My wife and I (30 yrs) three college educated children have been supportive during this time. I have worked a number of jobs but am always unsatisfied with my efforts.
Finally in the Spring of 2011, I was prescribed several medications before Cymbalta was prescribed and it seemed to work. I also went to therapy for 6 months while on the medication. I stopped in Sept.2011 because I felt good and all was well until two months ago.
The depression surfaced and I am stumbling downward again. I started on Cymbalta this week and am struggling daily with the effect of the drug. I had success with this last year so I am thinking this is an adjustment to the drug.
However, I want to look forward to the day that I will be able to enjoy this adjustment stage of my life. My wife is working two more years but I still must learn to become engaged in other endeavors. I have no hobbies but enjoy working with people however I am so empty and I do not want to feel hopeless forever.
I am currently in therapy again.
Wendy: So many retirees have "been there and done that" before you. What happens with meds is something that happens over and over... my sisters ex needed meds for a "hormone imbalance" which gave him deep depression. He'd take meds for weeks, maybe months, and then quit -- assuming he is fine now. Then he spirals back down now...
Take the meds, feel better, and concentrate on where you want to be headed in life. Volunteer? Work part time? Start a blog and write to the world on a topic you used to teach? Take Action -- who are you in retirement??
Sending prayers your way!