View Full Version : antibiotics and depression

03-16-2005, 02:30 AM
I am just wondering if anybody else finds that when on IV antibiotics they get depressed. I am finding I am down in the dumps a lot and cry at the drop of the hat, sometimes I sit back and wonder if I am imagining whatever it is that is causing me to be so upset. Right now I am having issues with my fiance, and really it comes down to me feeling neglected - too long of a story but really he isn't I am just perceiving it that way. I usually don't cry, I am pretty strong. So I guess I am just asked does anyone else find themselves depressed when on IVs?

03-16-2005, 03:06 AM
Hey well, i get depressed when i get sick. But now i take zoloft, a pretty high dose but it seems to help take the edge off!!!

03-16-2005, 09:39 AM
I do not get depressed on antibiotics. I do get very frustrated about the process though. I just finished up 3 weeks of IV's this morning and I couldn't be more relieved! I can see how you could depressed, it is very hard for me to have all of my spare time "obligated" for me by these freaking meds! I am unsure of how much help you get but I do get very irritable from lack of sleep when my wife isn't able to help out because of work. The medicine itself probably isn't causing your depression, but the process isn't helping. Hope you start feeling happier!

As for your fiancée, I am unsure of your situation... but keep your head up. Problems always have answers, just work at it.

Luke 29/cf, free at last free at last, thank god almighty I am free at last

03-16-2005, 03:50 PM
I too get a bit depresed when i have to go on iv antibiotics. It almost feels like a let down., Like i failed to improve and stay well. It also brings back things i want to forget, like that cf is chronic , progressive, I tend to think i am going to "do better" as time goes on, and when it doesnt happen and i take a few steps back, i get a bit depressed and vow to get better and stay better next time. I agree with the Luke about it possibly being the "process" and not the actual antibiotic itself. Heres a small example...............
When i first got divorced i was going on with my life and adjusting very well. I was back to my happy go lucky self. Then i was diagnosed with b.cepacia. That by itself was devastating, but i found a way to deal with that too. BUT every time i had to go on iv 's ( which i hadnt ever had to do before b.cepacia) i would start missing my ex-husband terribly . It was so odd. I couldnt care less about him any other time, but the minute i went on an iv, i instantly missed him and got soooooooo depressed about our breakup. I came to realize why this was happening eventually. My exhusband represented a time for me when i was healthy. I was healthy till i got the b.cepacia, so of coarse every time i got sick i would think back to the one person who reminded me of when i was well. It makes Lukes point valid. It was the process of the whole iv idea, not the antibiotic that was going in the iv. Once i realized that, it did make me feel a little better. I hope you feel better soon and stay well<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">