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Re: TREATMENT RESISTANT DEPRESSION JahL

Posted by sweetmarie on July 29, 2001, at 18:15:27

In reply to Re: TREATMENT RESISTANT DEPRESSION sweetmarie, posted by JahL on July 29, 2001, at 15:15:06

I saw a Prof. @ the Maudsley. The arrogant, ignorant p**** was lucky I didn't knock him spark out when he told me to "stop smoking pot & get a job". His solution to a life-long (BP) depression. Fortunately (for him) I saw sense & just walked out.

That`s outrageous. I thought that the Maudsley were the `other` establishment for TR depression in the UK (the Royal Victoria Infirmary being the other. The unit where my sister works - in Cambridge - used to have a couple of beds for TR depression, but that folded when the prof there left). I was considering going there, but I`m glad that I didn`t. Un-f***ing-believable.

Anti-Epileptic Drugs (mood stabilizers); Valproate & Lamotrigine for me.

I am taking Lamotragine as part of my treatment (Venlafaxine/Mirtazapine/Lamotragine). I was hoping that the Lamotragine would do the trick on it`s own but no such luck.

Opioids= class of drugs comprising opiates & various synthetic derivatives. Or something like that.

Well, that`s never going to be `allowed` in this country.

Our healthcare system, as it is at present positively encourages doctor laziness & complacency. Disgruntled patients don't have the option of going elsewhere & treatment expectations are deliberately lowered so that desperately under-funded hospitals can meet spurious govt. 'performance targets'. (Let's not forget also that mental illness can be costly to treat since treatment is often intensive & protracted. 'Better' to direct resources towards minor ops, giving multiple, *visible* results)

Kind of depressing in itself, huh?

I totally agree. It`s a shambles and completely unacceptable.

Good luck in yr quest to enlighten (you'll need it!).

You`re not wrong.

Thanks,

Anna.


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