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Is my Cerebellar Ataxia causing my depression?

I do have depression and sca 2. Last summer I went on lexapro. It really helped.

I also have sca & depression (as well as ocd)… Ive been taking “lithium” for years & it does wonders!

I have cerebellar ataxia and at times I do get depressed because there is so many things that I used to be able to do, Now I can't walk on the beach or wear heels, dancing is out so is fishing. But then I tell myself how lucky I am because of the things that I can still do. They now want to do a neurological psychology evaluation, to see if any other part of the brain is involved. Has anyone been thru this procedure

Try to keep a positive altitude.

I am also 43 and have sca2. I have always suffered from depression since I can remember but started taking Zoloft only a few years ago. It really does help a lot. Sometimes I feel like it makes me okay with situations that used to make me upset.....in an unnatural way. That kind of bothers me.

Yes. All I can suggest is that you stay positive all though sometimes it can be very hard.

Hi, I am also 43 and have CA SCA 2. i have depression even not so deep, I try to stop my antidepressants which I took for 10 years.A lot of people on this site, which I talked to,all of tyhem struggle with depression.So i can say depression is part of the ataxia, unless you are super human anddont take into a consideration, that every day you become less able to do everyday things.

I would say definitely. This is the second time I have tried to reply. The first reply went AWOL. I have been asked by my Counsellor to write up on having Ataxia and how it affects my mental health. I also have H.I.V. and so have two major problems to deal with. I do believe that the Ataxia is worse because it affects my work whereas H.I.V. still allows me to work and quite well too. I have recently taken a break in my working schedule in order to give me a much needed rest. Get a Doctor to give you a proper diagnosis.

Hi Hymek700. I have been diagnosed with depression. Don't know why I am depressed, my Ataxia doesn't bother me. See, I was born with it and the two of us have been in a relationship for 43 years. I am used to it, but not this depression. I tried an Anti-depressant (Citalapram 20mgs), but it left me in hospital with a heart attack and gave me side effects.

Damo

Hey Jodiie, what strength do you take and what side effects have you had??

Damo

Jodie said:

I am also 43 and have sca2. I have always suffered from depression since I can remember but started taking Zoloft only a few years ago. It really does help a lot. Sometimes I feel like it makes me okay with idesituations that used to make me upset.....in an unnatural way. That kind of bothers me.

I have H.I.V. as well. That does not bother me but the Ataxia does. I got a letter yesterday from the neurologist with my appointment. It has only taken 8 years, that is enough to make anyone depressed. The two are not good bed mates though!! Good luck. Have you read this article. http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/11420804.My_battle_with_Ataxia___rare_condition_won___t_rob_me_of_my_independence/

Sam is a friend of mine who also belongs to the Ataxia UK Dorset Support Group.

Best wishes.

And mine.


Hi Damo,

I take the generic version of Zoloft (Sertraline HCL). I take 50 mg. The only side effect I have noticed is that I get headaches occasionally.

Jodie


Damo said:

Hey Jodiie, what strength do you take and what side effects have you had??

Damo

Jodie said:

I am also 43 and have sca2. I have always suffered from depression since I can remember but started taking Zoloft only a few years ago. It really does help a lot. Sometimes I feel like it makes me okay with idesituations that used to make me upset.....in an unnatural way. That kind of bothers me.


Hi Jodie

Last week I was prescribed Cymbalta 30mgs. Too early for results I suppose. At beginning I had bad side effects. Awful nausea, hot and cold flushes, bathroom troubles, pins and needles, dry mouth, feeling awful all day.

Damo


Well, I would guess if you aren't having those bad side effects anymore, you should give it a few more weeks. I don't know much about Cymbalta but I would give it a little more time and see if it helps.

Jodie

I have sca 3 and I take CBD from my depression it seems to work very well for me

Hi eleets39 :slightly_smiling_face: Is this over the counter CBD Oil, or Prescribed Medicinal CBD :thinking:

And seems to be found over-the-counter nowadays

I have been taking 10 mg daily of citraopram for 8 years now, it is generic Celexa. The only side effect is dry mouth as well as feeling much better. I never had depression in my pre-ataxia days. My ataxia was due to surgery, so it was sudden onset. I am totally convinced that my depression goes with my ataxia and I encourage anyone with it to get treatment. It helps a lot.

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Hi Damo,

I’m 42 and have SCA7. Despite the physical problems, I have been the same mentally my whole life.

In my opinion, I don’t think SCA itself is causing your depression.

I’m just naturally a happy person otherwise this condition would definitely push me into sadness.

Shane

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Any form of depression is not uncommon with people who have SCA. Imagine you cannot do the things you did before, even when you are considered not too old. Even though ataxia itself have very little effect on the “Depressive” changes in the brain, it is very usual to have some form of “helplessness” from it’s symptoms. People who exhibit these sign may benefit from anti depressants and take the “Edge” off as prescribed by your psychiatrist. If you don’tn need any anti depressants, there is no reason to use it.