Posted by fuji on January 15, 2002, at 20:21:38
In reply to Re: augmentation persistence » fuji, posted by sid on January 15, 2002, at 19:40:26
I guess I don't have anything better to do or I am not very well or if I am real lucky I have nothing better to do and I am not well...
> That's because people who recover have better things to do than writing on this board I suppose. People come here for support, sharing experiences and looking for info before seeing a doc, etc... So I guess those who are well don't need it anymore.
> > This is the first time I have posted and I can relate to an awful lot (unfortunately!). I am a recovering addict (15+years), have been on various anti-depressants for the past 10 years or so currently taking efxr & prozac and considering ritalin augmentation. I have been wondering if any others are recovering, and also I wonder if there is such a thing as an addict recovering or not recovering, that doesn't suffer from depression? I guess I think that addiction is just a form of self-medicating the depression but unfortunately, the resulting addiction brings with it its own set of problems. Just curious because I don't recall seeing anyone mention recovery?
> > > Great, Spike! I *know* you know this, but be patient. Do realise you're going to get discouraged & say "this crap isn't doing a damn thing for me!" & just go with the flow. Don't feel guilty about feeling discouraged during this period of finding something that works. Realise that it's perfectly normal to be discouraged & want to give up. Feel it - just don't give in & give up.
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> > > Just keep telling yourself that there's others rooting for you that have and/or are going through the same thing. And you're strong for tackling it & not giving up. Then, one day you'll look up & say "hey, the sun does shine after all!"
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> > > I think the person who finds a good AD or even a good combo first time off is very, VERY rare. Most of us who are functional or feel good have gotten that way after a long search.
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> > > > > I'd take the SSRI alone for a short while to make sure you can tolerate it & to see how well it works. Then, if necessary (& it probably will be), I'd augment it with a TCA that's worked well for you in the past.
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> > > > > After that's stable & you find a combo that helps (it doesn't have to help 100%), I'd top it with Provigil (or adrafinil). It's used in Europe as an AD too, not just for memory & alertness. After all, the type of drugs they belong to are called eugeroics or good arousal.
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> > > > I think that is exactly what I am going to do .... hey when I treat high blood pressure, I use one or two potent medication and sometimes top it off with a third .... why not do the same with depression. Hit it hard with medication that have different modes of actions ..... I really like the celexa with possibly pamelor or desipramine combo ..... thank isom .... and thank for sticking with me when I did respond to your first post ask my medication history. I was kind of embarrassed to have been on so many medication without sucess .....
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> > > > I will keep you updated!
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> > > > Spike