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Re: James' Ideas - A Question

Posted by Cindylou on December 25, 2001, at 7:09:11

In reply to Re: James' Ideas - A Question stjames, posted by IsoM on December 25, 2001, at 1:10:53

I started on ADs in 1988. The doctor told me after about 5 or 6 months, my brain would be "reset" as you put it, and my depression cured.

I relapsed back into depression within a few months after stopping the med.

Every time I've been on ADs and stopped, whether on them for a short time or a long time, the depression has come back. For me, it is a chronic illness.

I agree with James, that perhaps if I was treated earlier (when I was 13 instead of 25) I may have been able to overcome the illness -- maybe my brain would have been maleable (spelling on that one??) enough at age 13 to be able to be "reset."

Just a thought,

If someone has been on ADs for a relatively short period & then tapers off them after their depression is judged clinically better, or "cured", the relapses seem to be much less than those who are on ADs for a couple of years or more.

> > james here....
> >
> > If mental illness were simply a lack or too much of something, I would suspect most of us would be cured. To me it is about regulation, stopping the meds means the body must rebalance itself, but not in the sence of making more or less NT.
> >
> > Neurology is far from simple, so more NT=better/worse is also too simple. The end result
> > of mood is not a one step process from synaptic gap functions to mood changes. There are many other steps to the end result, mood.
> >
> > AD's seem to act at the gap but I have long felt AD's do not get at the root cause of clinical depression. If they did the sucess rate would be higher. Sometimes you can work out a problem by starting in the middle; AD's do work for many. The sucess of dirty drugs and polypharm seems to indicate, again, that the root cause is missed but by a shotgun approach can knock the system into a better state of functioning.
> >
> > Or I could reason that there is no one root cause/treatment for clinical depression; those that do well on AD's are a "good fit". Agents that effect different parts of the chain of events resulting in mood are needed to treat
> > the non-responders and hard to treat.
> >
> > Cam, comments ?
> >
> > j




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