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The Pill and Anxiety/Depression - February 8th 2010, 09:58 AM

I don't know if this is in the right area. Sorry if it's not.

My girlfriend went on the pill about six months ago, to fix painful periods. She's always been kinda anxious and high-strung but in the past six months she's gotten really quite anxious about everything, and quite paranoid. Like we were walking through Uni and she was convinced people were talking about her, even though we didn't even know these people and I can pretty certainly say they weren't talking about her at all. She often accuses me of saying things about her too, or saying something a lot more horribly than I intended it to sound. She also gets quite depressed at times. Is this a side effect of the pill? I've suggested it to her but she won't get anything sorted out. I suggested changing the brand she was on but she only goes to the doctor with her Mum and her mum's pretty nuts herself, there's no way she'd ever care if my gf was depressed... she'd just think she was moaning. And my gf doesn't really seem like she's going to do anything about it anyway.

In about October, I made her start seeing a counsellor but she only went once before she made me come along with her, and then she only went about 3 more times. Now she says it didn't work but she wouldn't really open up to the counsellor. I went and saw this counsellor a few days ago, to talk about my gf and what I should do. Do you think I should mention that my gf is on the pill and see what she says? My gf would probably consider that a major break of trust though... :-S

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Re: The Pill and Anxiety/Depression - February 8th 2010, 11:54 AM

One of my flatmates was on the pill and it made her depressed too. She'd just randomly burst into tears. She came off it completely after a few months, but she's recently been put on a different type, which seems to be much better. Maybe try and sit your girlfriend down and suggest going to the doctor with her instead of her mum going? It might be easier for her to get her point across to the doctor if you were there.
Other than that, you could see if she wanted to try counsellin again, but with someone else this time - it can take a while until you find someone you trust enough to open up to.
Hope this helps.
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Re: The Pill and Anxiety/Depression - February 8th 2010, 06:30 PM

I had some bad luck when I started the pill. I was on my first one for six months before I came off it because it was making me upset and emotional all the time. I changed to another one which was much worse ~ it reacted badly with my depression and it was so bad I had to change after only a month...but the one I've been on since then, for the last three months or so, seems to suit me better. It's probably just a matter of finding a different pill that might help make her feel a little better.

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