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Re: Severely depressed and wanting feed-back

Posted by Chris A. on August 7, 1999, at 0:53:45

In reply to Severely depressed and wanting feed-back, posted by Cass on August 6, 1999, at 20:30:13

Dear Cass,
I am sorry to hear you are in such a dark place. You are always so sensitive and compassionate. I have appreciated that in the past when I've been scraping bottom. Revisiting the rountine physical exam is never a bad idea (to rule out thyroid, blood glucose or any other factors that might be influencing mood). I identify strongly with your description of your rapidly shifting moods. Regardless of the diagnosis, an unstable mood disorder can often benefit from mood stabilizers. I am diagnosed as bipolar and antidepressants, with, and particularly without mood stabilizers tend to make my cylcling and mixed states worse. There are a growing number of alternatives to lithium, so I wouldn't limit your inquiry. There are at least six anticonvulsants, three or four calcium channel blockers and other various approaches to mood stabilization. What is right for one person doesn't necessarily work out for the next. Please keeping working to find the combo that helps you feel better. We are all so complex and unique.


Chris A.




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