In 2004 I was diagnosed with narcolepsy. My neurologist put me on provigil for the excessive daytime sleepiness and effexor for the cataplexy. Before being diagnosed I had never taken an antidepressant and had had no real issues with depression.
Last year I asked her to increase the effexor because I felt it was making me depressed...I no longer felt really happy or really sad, I was basically just numb. She did increase it but it made no real difference. Then everything happened with my A....and I am now more depressed and numb than I have ever been before. Because of the narcolepsy I can sleep all the time, and have recently found myself to be napping more often. Not cuz my body is tired, but because it's a quick escape from my life.
I am going to my Neuro tomorrow for a routine check up.My BH has asked me if I am going to talk to her about my meds and either increasing the effexor again or changing to another depressant. He also mentioned asking her about abilify, which I guess is a med you take on top of antidepressants.
I hate taking meds....it drives me crazy that I already have to take medicine daily in order to function like a normal person, so I am not sure if I want to take more. And I am nervous to switch meds cuz I don't know what the side effects will be...I already know how my current meds effect me and they do what they need to control the narcolepsy, so I am scared to mess with that.
So now that I told my reasons, my question is for those of you on anti depressants, do they work for you? Were you on them before the A? I guess I just want to hear what other people think about this. Thanks!