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Alright i'm def. suffering depression

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It's been almost a month since I finished the course. NOW, I feel very depressed.

I don't know if I should see a therapist, or wait to see if this feeling leaves away on it's own. I never suffered strong depression like this.

What's your opinion?

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Accutane should be out of your system now?

I doubt it is the accutane causing it if it's only starting a month after you finish.

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Well, while on it. I had lots of tantrums and was very sad. I made a old post about it. Now I realize that it is depression.

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Well if it's because of accutane it should go soon then. Just wait it out and see if things improve, be positive.

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I cannot tell you what to do, but will tell you what i think.

My boyfriend is suffering depression, not accutane related, and its not easy. He is too proud to speak to someone and i cannot force him to make this happen and its taking a big toll on our relationship. I think that if you know that you are going through this, and you feel comfortable to speak to someone and seek help, please, for the life of people around you, go.

Depression can really take a toll on people around you, your friends, work, everything. It doesn't just hurt yo. The more you wait, the more difficult it will be. I know that its not easy, those feelings are very intense. Please seek help and be proud that you are taking control over what's you.

That's my advice, i am willing to discuss more with you if you need to

tan

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Ok, I decided to seek help. Should I go to my derm and tell her what's going on, so she can refer me to someone? Is that how that works? Or do I have to look for someone myself?

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I don't think I was that depressed when I was on accutane, but the month after I finished my course I was so depressed. It was really bad. I guess it was still in my system, but its just weird I felt the worst effects after and not during treatment. Agree with tan44, definitely go see a counselor or something about it. Maybe your derm can help you find one.

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Ive heard of people getting depressed after they've stopped accutane. I dont think its because the drug is still in your body, its because it isn't in it. Id dont think anyone knows for sure why it can cause depression, but accutane is know to have a real phisiolgical effect on the brain. In some people this can cause depression during the course, in others the affects can be felt when the drug is no longer there. I guess its like going cold turkey off drugs. Either way u should try and get some help, but imo theres nothing as depressing as realising uve got depression. It depends on just how bad you are, but i would get some help and stay active. I think you should give it a month before you think that you are properly depressed and that the drug isnt to blame. At the moment the drug has only just left your body it might take time for things to get back to normal.

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Perhaps the drug is lingering around a little longer. I heard that it can stay in your system for up to 6 months after the course, but I'm not positive. Did you have depression during the course?

It's odd that you all of a sudden feel depressed. Depression is nothing to play around with, trust me, it can get out of hand before you even know it. It's great that you've decided to seek help, maybe you can get yourself back to normal soon. I would mention it to your derm just in case, it couldn't hurt.

Good luck and I hope you get to feeling better! :comfort:

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Thanks everyone. Yeah, I know it's def. the Accutane that has made me feel this way. But I still made an appointment at my derm's so that she can reffer me to a therapist. I don't want to take anti-depressants still. I'm hoping with time, when the Accutane is out my system i'll be normal again.

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I would guess that sometimes people get depressed after accutane because they realize clear skin really didn't change their life much. Like people who lose a ton of weight and still have a poor self image.

I prepared myself for that very thing. I knew that I would still be shy, insecure and anxiety prone after acne. Clear skin didn't change anything about me. I'm still me, just without acne. I would have been depressed, too, had I thought clear skin would have made me a better, happier person.

Did you possibly expect too much from having clear skin?

Just some thoughts.

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Ive heard of people getting depressed after they've stopped accutane. I dont think its because the drug is still in your body, its because it isn't in it. Id dont think anyone knows for sure why it can cause depression, but accutane is know to have a real phisiolgical effect on the brain. In some people this can cause depression during the course, in others the affects can be felt when the drug is no longer there. I guess its like going cold turkey off drugs. Either way u should try and get some help, but imo theres nothing as depressing as realising uve got depression. It depends on just how bad you are, but i would get some help and stay active. I think you should give it a month before you think that you are properly depressed and that the drug isnt to blame. At the moment the drug has only just left your body it might take time for things to get back to normal.

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Ok, I decided to seek help. Should I go to my derm and tell her what's going on, so she can refer me to someone? Is that how that works? Or do I have to look for someone myself?

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Thank God, I never in my life had suicidal thoughts. I don't think my depression is that severe. And you know what all, I started to take St. Johns and L -Thecian(SP?) for moods and i'm starting to feel a little better. I never suffered depression like this, and I know it was def. the Accutane plus my break up. I guess my body is going through withdrawls from it too, since i'm done with it.

I'm still gonna go to therapy. I'll keep an update. :)

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Please do not ignore signs of depression, whether on Accutane or not!

I am a sufferer of chronic bipolar depression and it has absolutely ruined my life. Don't let it ruin yours, please. You cannot treat depression by yourself.

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Ok so I have an appointment tomorrow at my derms. I don't know why, but I get so easily angry, upset, and frustrated!! And I have the worst anxiety ever.... for no reason what so ever. I want to stop feeling like this, I feel like a bi-polar person. Is it possible that Accutane can make a person bi-polar? :shifty:

I'm just a miserable grumpy bitch. This is aweful.

Please do not ignore signs of depression, whether on Accutane or not!

I am a sufferer of chronic bipolar depression and it has absolutely ruined my life. Don't let it ruin yours, please. You cannot treat depression by yourself.

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you need to get off accutane.. i was accutane for months and i became extremely depressed.. people who have been on accutane and haven't had the depression side-effect do not understand.. there have been suicides linked to accutane.. they didn't say accutane was what caused them to commit suicide, it just so happened that they were on accutane.. during and post accutane i became suicidal and began self-mutilating.. depression is anger turned inward.. i have over 65 self-inflicted major scars on my body.. therapy helps you sort out your problems and confront them.. therapy isn't going to save you from your problems.. there's another kid on here going through the same thing you are.. his screen name on here is "chaseryder".. he's having trouble with accutane too and he has some postings on here about it.. you might want to hit him up.. you're both going through the same thing and i think you can help each other out, sharing experiences, where you're at now, and what you plan to do.. i really hope things get better.. this is a difficult path and some people didn't survive it..

"never forget where you come from.. from love" ~madonna hugs!!!!!!

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One study that found psychiatric symptoms occuring after accutane treatment ends (an average of 7 months after treatment ended). This one specifically looked a manic psychosis - but it does show the drugs effects may linger.

Affective psychosis following Accutane (isotretinoin) treatment.

Int Clin Psychopharmacol. 2005; 20(1):39-41 (ISSN: 0268-1315)

Isotretinoin (Accutane) ranks in the top 10 of the US Food and Drug Administration's database of drugs associated with reports of depression and suicide attempts. However, this association is still controversial because up to 5.6% of patients with moderate acne may have pre-existing suicidal ideations, improvement of acne often reduces associated depression, and isotretinoin users are reportedly no more likely than those taking antibiotics for acne to have depression or commit suicide. We describe a series of cases of manic psychosis that developed in a 1-year period (2003) in association with isotretinoin treatment and resulted in suicidality and progression to long-standing psychosis. Cases were drawn from 500 soldiers who had been evaluated in a military specialists dermatology clinic for severe acne. Data were summarized from medical records of five severe acne patients treated by isotretinion during their compulsory military service. Data from their draft board examinations and service records, as well as repeated clinical assessments by certified psychiatrists at the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Mental Health Department clinic, were evaluated. Five young adults developed manic psychosis within a mean of 7.6 months of exposure to isotretinoin. In three cases, this was accompanied by a suicide attempt, and in three cases, psychosis lasted for longer than 6 months. Either a personal history of obsessive-compulsive disorder, neurological insult or family history of a major psychiatric illness were present in all cases. The present case-series is suggestive of an increase in the likelihood of an association between exposure to isotretinion and manic psychosis. Associated risk factors were both family and personal history of psychiatric morbidity. Further studies are needed to establish our findings.

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you need to get off accutane.. i was accutane for months and i became extremely depressed.. people who have been on accutane and haven't had the depression side-effect do not understand.. there have been suicides linked to accutane.. they didn't say accutane was what caused them to commit suicide, it just so happened that they were on accutane.. during and post accutane i became suicidal and began self-mutilating.. depression is anger turned inward.. i have over 65 self-inflicted major scars on my body.. therapy helps you sort out your problems and confront them.. therapy isn't going to save you from your problems.. there's another kid on here going through the same thing you are.. his screen name on here is "chaseryder".. he's having trouble with accutane too and he has some postings on here about it.. you might want to hit him up.. you're both going through the same thing and i think you can help each other out, sharing experiences, where you're at now, and what you plan to do.. i really hope things get better.. this is a difficult path and some people didn't survive it..

"never forget where you come from.. from love" ~madonna hugs!!!!!!

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hey xiomara...let me start off by saying good looks to jeffy, hes a good guy...

K well heres my story xiomara...ill try to make it short...

Ive been on accutane 2x...once it cleared me up...came back at end of senior year and began taking it in my first year of college...things were going fine, reg. side effects...then one week when given 2 different dosed packages...i ended up taking 3 40 mg pills instead of a 20 and a 40...i know it sounds stupid...but i wasn't as bright as I am now i guess, and the doc never explained them to me...i was just poppin them...anywho, for the few weeks or so of doing this...i experienced severe depression...and suicidal thoughts...i told my mom since i was having crying spells and freaking out...so they took me off of it and of course my acne came back...the depression subsided shortly after I believe...and I continued on with my life...until a few years later...what I once believed was my shy and sorta anxious personality eventually bloomed into a terrible anxiety disorder that I realized on my 2nd year of college...where I would get these tight chest feelings, inability to breathe...the scared feeling like when someone jumps out at you...and it happend on a daily basis...i was then diagnosed with social anxiety disorder...i have been dealing with this for about 2 or so years...till this day I am not exactly sure if it was the accutane, acetaphetamine usage (adderall)...+ heavy marijuana smoking...which i did throughout my teen years...or accutane...i honestly dont know...but I DO know that accutane did damage my liver...and some other organs as well...and may have contributed to my psychological well being...I have been on almost every anti-depressant and benzodiazapines aka. klonopin/xanax...Anxiety is rough...and until recently I was sick of my acne...extremely oily skin, black heads so I said what the hey might as well give accutane another shot...took me a week to finally get the balls to try ti and I did...I am not sure if it was from the drug...but as soon as I took it, I felt a lot worse than I did before...I recently before starting accutane was back on Zoloft since it was the only SSRi that showed improvement yet gave me sexual dysfunction :)....anywho...i noticed almost immediately a change in mood, and anxiety sky rocketed...for 2 days of use...so i discontinued the use...and to this day I am still yearning to give it another shot...i know the dangers...the toxicity...I care about my body...I am big into body building...I treat it like a temple...yet acne plagues my mind and soul and holds me back from being truely happy, which I know shouldn't be true...anyway im going way too deep into the bunny hole so I might as well stop, but now you should have some sort of an idea of what my story is...if you feel like talking or whatever, feel free to IM me at chaseryder...I will be more than happy to help you out...from what I read it seems like you just have a mild case of depression, but take my word and everyone elses...go get help, dont deny it...get therapy + medical treatment if required...both are required to battle it...it is a disease no matter what people say...and it can be defeated...

Take care

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Not sure if I should start a new topic but this seems to be the thread for this.

I've been on 20mg accutane for three months now and I'm starting to notice that my depression is spiralling out of control. What I'm feeling is more than just persistent pain and sadness. I think I'm actually losing touch with reality. Like a severe sense of depersonalisation. When I look at people or objects... sometimes I really don't know what I'm looking at. I mean - I know what it is but I don't feel it or undertand what it means to me. I don't always feel like this. Mostly there's just a fog over muh mind and it's hard to concentrate. I notice the scars on my face and I just lose hope. Like these scars mean that I'll never have nice skin and my entire life has been a joke. I hate feeling this way. In the morning I'm much more rational but at night I really do believe my life is over.

hoping it goes away when I finish my treatment. It worries me to read that symptoms worsen after treatment. They only worsen for a while, right?

I tried talking to my family about my feelings but they're too proud to admit their daughter might really be mentally ill. They're not aware that accutane is a serious culprit here and I don't want them to know. I intend to finish my course. I just need to live through this phase in my life... which I will. Suicidal feelings come up several times a day but I know I will never actually do it. I know it's just an extreme mood and it will pass. As long as someone has a little fire buring inside them they will never commit suicide.

not sure if I'm suffering from psychosis or not but I think I'm suffering from something more than depression. I've been depressed in the past. I suspect that I've been bi-polar all my life even. Maybe I'm just going through one of the depressive phases... which is just worsened by accutane.

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