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Re: Frustrated

Posted by JohnL on June 10, 1999, at 2:58:58

In reply to Frustrated, posted by Chris on June 10, 1999, at 0:11:57

> Have been suffering from depression since I was 24 and can't seem to find anything that really works or doesn't have to many side effects to handle.
> I have tried nortryptiline, wellbutin, Nardil, effexor, prozac, lithium, depakote.
> The Nardil work the best but eventually sent me into major mood swings. Effexor the latest try leaves me very
> fuzzy headed and difficult to concentrate. Kind of sick of the whole medication route and the health insurance I can no longer afford.
> Symptoms experiencing:
> Lowered mood
> Fatigue
> Sleeping to much
> loss of interest in sex
> lack of concentration
> sensitivity to rejection
> apathy
> who gives a shit attitude
> Can anyone give me a direction or faith

Chris, you've sure tried a lot of meds. Am assuming side effects prevented proper dosage for long enough time. That's me too, and the primary cause of treatment failure. Your symptoms are textbook classic. I hear a lot of people like Parnate better than Nardil, and some docs claim it is more robust. Worth a try, since this class of meds has worked best so far. The mood swings are definitely a concern. There are a whole bunch more to try than just lithium or depakote. I hear wonderful comments especially on Lamactil, which apparently has significant antidepressent qualities in addition to mood stabilization. I've seen claims that 60mg Prozac was reduced to 10-20mg when combined with Lamactil, Nardil down to 20mg, etc. Its side effects are viewed as being more favorable than lithium. Also a new approach with many positive comments, is to augment with Naltrexone. Search this site/page for more info on that. Looks very promising. Especially when you feel bad, the whole medicine thing and expense makes one want to give up. But you can't, you have a long life ahead and so much to accomplish. Don't underestimate the power of religion, and the power of counseling (try a local depression group, it's free). My own counselor, a real honest pro, admits my highest priority is finding the right medicine before expecting further counseling to be a big help. In the meantime, it helps with coping and reassurance. Hang in there, you're a tougher cookie with more insight and wisdom than any "normal" people out there could ever experience. There are blessings and silver linings if we look deep enough. JohnL.




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