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Re: Depression and interferon

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      I did not go on an anti depressant during my year of interferon, but I had terrible mood swings in the weeks after stopping it.  I was almost feeling bipolar.  Up one minute down the next.  It got better after about a month.  I did some research on it and it isn't uncommon to have these symptoms when on or stopping interferon.  I agree with everyone also about the depression that comes with finishing active treatment.  I finished in March and really am just now feeling like life is good.  I felt very helpless at first not doing anything to fight it anymore.


      Good Luck to you and your wife.  Finishing the year of interferon is a huge accomplishment.


      Amy S. in Michigan

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