Posted by Silly Brain on September 17, 2002, at 15:43:36
I would like to know if anyone else has a similar history to mine, and what worked for them.
I have had many recurrent major depressive epidoses since adolescence. Usually they end in 2-3 months. This one has been going strong for 18 months. I have many ADD symptoms as well. I was misdiagnosed with Bipolar II when Zoloft made me hypomanic. I have tried:
Prozac - made me numb, spacey, stomach achey.
Zoloft - made me agitated, deleted sex drive.
Paxil - felt not a thing
Depakote - no one told me that it raises the hormone levels of whatever birth control pill you're taking. I was EXTREMELY SUICIDALLY DEPRESSED. I would cry for no reason in public places. My period did not come even on when on the placebo week - my hormone levels were that high. It did nothing else besides make me hungry and miserable.
Serzone - have been on this the longest (one year). I am still severely depressed. I'm worried I might be more so without it, but it's certainly not adequete.
Dexedrine Spansule - after one week, all novelty wore off. Doesn't seem to do much.
Now what? Wellbutrin? Effexor? added to Serzone or instead of? I won't touch Remeron - I still haven't lost the weight I gained on Depakote.
For those wondering "why don't you ask your shrink" it's because he's a school shrink who doesn't seem terribly interested in me other than to write a script. I called literally a dozen doctors this summer who are in my PPO and they said they weren't taking new patients. I'm losing my ability to function, had to cut work hours, etc. It's getting very frightening.
I talked to a sleep doc this week who thinks I may have sleep apnea, which might be causing or exacerbating the depression and ADD symptoms. Wouldn't that be a kicker.