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Posted by paxvox on December 19, 2001, at 10:38:05

In reply to BREAKTHROUGH DEPRESSION, posted by angel1 on December 19, 2001, at 8:30:57

You are asking a "big question" that could have hundreds of answers, but I will try to give you some general responses.

First: Can a med work for awhile, and then no longer be effective? Absolutely! This is a VERY common problem. It requires a good relationship with open communications between the doctor and the patient. You need to let the doctor know when you notice this problem. He may need to increase the dose, give you a different version of the med, or change meds altogether. The key here: talk to your doc.

Secondly: The feeling of "no hope" can happen to all of us, even during times when we are otherwise feeling OK. All of a sudden, we can hit a wall,and feel badly. Again, this relates to the first response. Talk to your doctor. There is ALWAYS hope. If your current doc doesn't (or won't) help you, go find another. Somtimes it is very much a trial and error process. There are many, many different meds available. Just because one may not help you doesn't mean that there are NONE that will work for you. You have to be persistent, yet patient until you come upon the correct med or combination of meds that works best for YOU. Most meds are VERY individualized in how they affect people. What works for one person may not work at all for another.

Thirdly: Does prayer help? I will give you a subjective and an objective response to this.
However, the answer to both is YES, it does.
First, objective, scientific studies have found that people who pray get sick less, and heal more quickly than those who do not. Several published studies also suggest that even praying FOR someone may help them. (Readers Digest printed an article about that a few months ago, their reference was scientific).
Subjectively (what I personally believe) YES, prayer does still work. However, our prayers are not always answered when or how we want them to be, and sometimes the answer to our prayers can be "No". We cannot put human values or expectations upon God. God has purposes we cannot begin to understand. Should you pray anyway? Yes, because that is the only way for us to ask God to help us, (and has also intructed us to do). If you want further thoughts on this subject, I will provide it, but this is probably not the forum to do so (email is preferable).

Bottom line: There IS help available to you. If you have gotten so far down that you are having "bad thoughts" about life, then go to the hospital. If you are just feeling low, but not suicidal, get with your doctor ASAP. Be patient, but be HOPEFUL. Let us know how you are doing.





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