Posted by MM on February 23, 2005, at 17:24:19
In reply to Unable to relate to family members?, posted by alienatari on February 22, 2005, at 4:03:07
I can definitely relate to unsupportive parents/family. I think it does have something to do with passed on dysfunction from one generation to another, at least in my family, whether caused by mental illness or causing it. I feel as though my mom hates me much of the time for having this...which she doesn't believe I have and so on. I really think having very little to no support and a lot of negativity from someone so powerful in my life is a big hurdle to me getting healthy, and I've sort of come to believe that's the way she wants it. Looking at why someone who is supposed to love you acts this way is a scary prospect. ANYWAY....just saying I can really relate, and apparently a lot of people can, which is kind of good to hear in a sad way, but it feels better knowing I'm not the only one (sorry).
Have you tried combination therapy? I'm sure you have, but you don't say what you are on, or what specifically you have tried. It's possible Trileptal helps with my depression some, but without an antidepressant, I think it would make it worse for me. I think it helps with anxiety mostly. Have you tried Lithium? That supposedly has antidepressant effects. Lamictal is the only one that really comes to mind with really proven AD effects though. Is your Pdoc too scared of the rash? (mine is) What AD's have you tried?