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Suggest remedy for uncontrollable crying and depression

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Posted on Fri, 15 May 2015
Question: Hi. have been taking Sertraline for 18 months, having gone to doctor because I could not stop crying. The circumstances which - I think - caused this crying have not improved, in fact, they are worse and I now have very little relationship with my son. The doctor called me for a review of my repeat prescription and stopped the Lustral, saying I should remember we all have bad days whether we're on medication or not. I feel the tears are very close to the surface again - rolling down cheeks right now - but cannot go back to doctor. She suggested when I first saw her two years ago that I try CBT. This is a small, clannish area and I don't want to discuss my business with a therapist whom I would almost certainly know. Also, I am aware of the "problems" and personality weaknesses carried over from my childhood and have dealt with them with varying degrees of success for 60 years. There's not much I can say to - or be told by - a therapist that hasn't already been said. That said, I appreciate the opportunity to write this to an anonymous stranger. Thanks for listening.
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Answered by Dr. Chintan Solanki (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Read a book, 'Feeling Good', Visiting a psychiatrist helpful

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX

Thanks for writing to us.I can understand your concern.

From your history it seems that you are likely suffering from depression. Sertaline has been given to you but you did not improved completely.

Sometime telling someone your feelings is soothing.You are doing the same. You are not able to be involved in CBT or other psychotherapy due to personal circumstances as you mentioned.However in my view every therapist/doctor is ethically committed to maintain confidentiality of the patient and same should be maintained by your therapist also.So try to discuss with your therapist if you feel.

Other option is to write your feelings in a diary and you can feel relax.

I would like to suggest a book 'Feeling Good' by XXXXXXX Burns. It helps in treatment of depression. I have suggested to many patients and many of them improved. It is actually written on basis of CBT. You can easily search on internet and purchase the same.As you mentioned, " I am aware of the "problems" and personality weaknesses carried over from my childhood and have dealt with them with varying degrees of success for 60 years." , I think you would find this book much helpful.

I also would like to mention to visit a psychiatrist if you had not yet. There are many anti depressant medicines available in current days. After detail history and evaluation your medicines can be restarted and you can be improved.

Hope my answer is helpful. Feel free to discuss further.

Regards,
Dr.Chintan Solanki.
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Brief Answer: Read a book, 'Feeling Good', Visiting a psychiatrist helpful Detailed Answer: Hello XXXXXXX Thanks for writing to us.I can understand your concern. From your history it seems that you are likely suffering from depression. Sertaline has been given to you but you did not improved completely. Sometime telling someone your feelings is soothing.You are doing the same. You are not able to be involved in CBT or other psychotherapy due to personal circumstances as you mentioned.However in my view every therapist/doctor is ethically committed to maintain confidentiality of the patient and same should be maintained by your therapist also.So try to discuss with your therapist if you feel. Other option is to write your feelings in a diary and you can feel relax. I would like to suggest a book 'Feeling Good' by XXXXXXX Burns. It helps in treatment of depression. I have suggested to many patients and many of them improved. It is actually written on basis of CBT. You can easily search on internet and purchase the same.As you mentioned, " I am aware of the "problems" and personality weaknesses carried over from my childhood and have dealt with them with varying degrees of success for 60 years." , I think you would find this book much helpful. I also would like to mention to visit a psychiatrist if you had not yet. There are many anti depressant medicines available in current days. After detail history and evaluation your medicines can be restarted and you can be improved. Hope my answer is helpful. Feel free to discuss further. Regards, Dr.Chintan Solanki.